25.4271, Calls: Historical Linguistics/Netherlands

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Subject: 25.4271, Calls: Historical Linguistics/Netherlands

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Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:47:25
From: Bert Cornillie [bert.cornillie at arts.kuleuven.be]
Subject: Latin Influence on the Syntax of the Languages of Europe

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Full Title: Latin Influence on the Syntax of the Languages of Europe 

Date: 02-Sep-2015 - 05-Sep-2015
Location: Leiden, Netherlands 
Contact Person: Bert Cornillie
Meeting Email: bert.cornillie at arts.kuleuven.be

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 22-Nov-2014 

Meeting Description:

Latin has been the reference language of western Europe for centuries, serving
as the source for recurrent waves of direct or indirect influence on the
syntax, morphology and lexicon of many national languages. Solodow (2010)
addresses the influence of Latin on the lexicon and the morphology, but does
not pay due attention to the role of Latin syntactic patterns in shaping
European syntax. More than half a century after Blatt’s (1957) seminal paper
on “Latin influence on European syntax“, an in-depth typology of the various
Latinization strategies has yet to be proposed. This workshop aims to take a
step in that direction, identifying and explaining different types of contact
between Latin syntax and the syntax of the western European languages from an
historical and geographical perspective. Special attention will be paid to (i)
the type of contact and the level of linguistic analysis, (ii) the
periodization of Latin influence and the role of translation, (iii) the
actualization of new Latin-based constructions, (iv) the question whether the
SAE Sprachbund is influenced or determined by Latin-based features, and (v)
the repercussions of the study of Latin loan syntax for functionalist
explanations of language change.

Call for Papers:

We invite authors to submit case studies on (presumed) Latin syntactic copies from the different language families of Europe (Germanic, Romance, Celtic, Slavonic, Baltic and Finno-Ugric, isolates). The papers will deal with one or several of the following research questions:

- Is the phenomenon under study in line with the known Latinization strategies? What does the study add to the typology of Latinization strategies?

- What kind of contact did Latin have with the language under examination? What other languages may have influenced the new construction?

- Is contact a sufficient explanation for the Latin syntactic copy under examination? What kind of evidence can be used to state that the new construction is a calque? Which other factors play a role in this instance of language change? 

- Does the syntactic phenomenon under examination lend itself to calquing? What kind of evidence can we provide for this?

- How can the timing of the Latin influence be accounted for? Why did the new Latin-based construction not arise earlier? 

- What role did translations play in the creation and extension of the new construction? To what extent is Latin a conduit of the “sacral stamp” of Greek? 

- What do we know about the actualization of the new constructions? By means of which linguistic mechanisms does the actualization of a new form proceed?

- How can the study of Latin syntactic copies and cognates be related to the SAE Sprachbund? Is there evidence to argue that this Sprachbund is influenced or determined by Latin-based features? What role does “roofing” play in generating clusters of shared calques?

- Which repercussion does the proposed study have for functionalist explanations of language change?

We invite all interested colleagues to submit a 300 word abstract to bert.cornillie at arts.kuleuven.be by November 22, 2014 at the latest. Abstracts should contain title, names and affiliation at this stage. The convenors will make a selection of contributions to be included in the workshop proposal. All submitters will be notified after the preselection is made. In case the workshop proposal is accepted, contributors will be asked to upload their 500 word abstract before January 15, 2015. After submission, the full length abstracts will be reviewed by two members of the SLE 2015 scientific committee and by the convenors. 

SLE Abstract Policy:

Abstracts should clearly state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected) results. They should not contain the names of the presenters, nor their affiliations or addresses, or any other information that may reveal their authorship. They should not exceed 500 words (excluding references). Only references mentioned in the text may be listed.

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