Call for papers: Voice systems in diachrony: a comparative perspective

Silvia Luraghi luraghi at UNIPV.IT
Thu Dec 19 10:27:00 UTC 2013

>Dera Typologists,
Michela Cennamo asks me to post this call on her behalf.
Silvia Luraghi

Voice systems in diachrony: a comparative perspective

Pavia, 11 September 2014

Workshop Description:

Voice systems have been thoroughly studied, both 
in a crosslinguistic and a variational 
perspective (Siewierska 1984, Comrie 1985, Keenan 
& Dryer 2007, Perlmutter & Rosen 1984, Foley & 
Van Valin 1985, Shibatani 1985, 1988, Tsunoda 
1988, Klaiman 1991, Kemmer 1993, Fox & Hopper 
1994, Barðdal 2004, Creissels 2007, Austin & 
Musgrave 2008, Adelaar 2013, among others).
Albeit less extensively, diachronic aspects of 
specific voice patterns in individual languages 
have also been discussed (Cennamo 1993, 2005, 
2007, 2012, Allen 2001, Ross 2002, Faarlund 2005, 
Abraham 2006b, Ottosson 2008, Kulikov 2006, 
Eythòrsson 2008, Toyota 2008, van Gelderen 2011 
and contributions in Wouk & Ross 2002, Abraham & 
Leisiö 2006, Malchukov & Siewierska 2011, van 
Gelderen, Cennamo & Barðdal 2013, among others).
A comprehensive comparative dimension on 
diachronic issues in the domain of voice, 
however, is still largely unexplored, both within 
individual languages and across different language families and types.
The present workshop aims at investigating voice 
domains from a diachronic comparative 
perspective, focusing on the extent and limits of 
variation in the development of different voice 
patterns/systems in typologically distant and 
genetically unrelated languages, aiming at 
identifying possible constant/invariant paths of 
change as well as points of divergence for one 
and the same strategy and/or similar clusters of 
strategies in the rise and evolution of voice 
phenomena (e.g., the reflexive-middle continuum, 
passives and impersonals, causativization and 
anticausativization, serial/auxiliary verbs as 
passive markers, antipassivization, inverse and focus systems).

Convenor: Michela Cennamo (University of Naples Federico II)
<mailto:micennam at>micennam at 
Venue: University of Pavia, Italy

Call for papers:

Contributions are invited, from scholars of 
different persuasions, on in-depth (preferably 
corpus-based) investigations of different aspects 
of the diachrony of voice systems, including (albeit not exclusively)
• the path(s) of development of reflexive-middle 
voice markers within and across language families 
and resulting changes (e.g., loss of the passive 
and middle reflexive and its reflexes in other 
domains, as in Brazilian Portuguese), the 
relationship between the spread of the reflexive 
in impersonal function and its referential scope, 
pleonastic reflexives and split intransitivity
• auxiliarization/serialization and the rise of voice auxiliaries/markers
• periphrastic passives and changes in 
tense-aspectual systems, with copula 
auxiliarization (Dik 1987) as one possible 
initial stage in the grammaticalization of lexical verbs as voice markers
• the interplay of (tense-)aspectual and argument 
structure factors in determining the rise of new voice systems
• the emergence of resultative and passive 
participles and their relationship with the voice 
system(s) of individual languages
• the role played by language contact in the emergence of new voice patterns
• the rise and development of 'transimpersonals' 
(Malchukov 2008) in different language families 
(e.g., Indo-European, Amerindian and Australian 
languages) and the verb classes involved
• steps and parameters in the rise and 
development of passive and impersonal 
constructions (e.g., grammaticalization of 
existential verbs, types of indefinite/impersonal 
markers) (Siewierska 2010, Bugaeva 2011, Malchukov & Siewierska 2011)
• changes and paths of change in the coding of 
the focus systems in the focus voice types

Abstracts are invited for 20-minute talks (plus 10 min. discussion).
They should be no longer than two pages, 
including examples and references (1 inch margin 
all around, font 12 pt, notes 10).
Please send Word / Open Office / Word Perfect files and use Unicode fonts.


8 February 2014: Deadline for abstract submission
8 April 2014: Notification of acceptance
11 September 2014: Workshop

Silvia Luraghi
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Linguistica
Università di Pavia
Strada Nuova 65
I-27100 Pavia
telef.: +39-0382-984685
fax: +39-0382-984487
silvia.luraghi at 
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