Leipzig Workshop "Grammatical hybridization and social conditions=?windows-1252?Q?=94=2C_?=17-18 October 2014

Martin Haspelmath haspelmath at EVA.MPG.DE
Wed May 21 12:44:37 UTC 2014

*Workshop "Grammatical hybridization and social conditions”

17-18 October 2014

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Germany)

Organizers: Susanne Maria Michaelis & Martin Haspelmath, with Claudia Bavero



It is clear that different social conditions of language contact lead to 
different kinds of hybridization (= contact-induced change). In fact, 
Thomason & Kaufman (1988) have argued that the kinds of change that we 
find in contact situations primarily depend on the social conditions. 
But the exact dependencies between social situations and kinds of 
hybridization are still far from clear.

This workshop will work toward a more fine-grained and empirically based 
typology of the kinds of social encounters and their structural 
outcomes, with special reference to grammatical change. Eventually, we 
should be able to fill in the missing information in both directions:

(i) Given certain hybrid structures (e.g. word order calquing, loan 
valency, affix borrowing), which social settings (e.g. longstanding 
bilingualism, colonial plantation settings, written prestige language) 
are the most likely to have brought these linguistic structures about? 
And vice versa:

(ii) Given a specific social contact situation, which structural 
features do we expect as the result of such an encounter?

Invited speakers***

Malcolm Ross (Australian National University, Canberra)

Pieter Muysken (Radboud University Nijmegen)

*Call for abstracts***

In this workshop we are primarily interested in grammatical 
hybridization, i.e. borrowing (adoption or imposition) of grammatical 
patterns or grammatical items. We welcome papers from different 
subdisciplines: historical linguistics, contact linguistics, pidgin and 
creole studies, quantitative linguistics.

Papers can treat specific language contact situations both on the 
individual and on the social level, as well as historical linguistic 
topics or papers generalizing over different kinds of contact situations.

Please send your anonymous abstracts (about 300 words) to: 
claudia_bavero at eva.mpg.de 

Deadline: 31 May 2014

Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2014

Contact: michaelis at eva.mpg.de 

Important dates***

  * Deadline for submission: 31 May 2014
  * Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2014
  * Conference: 17-18 October 2014

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