GRADUALNESS IN CHANGE AND ITS RELATION TO SYNCHRONIC VARIATION AND USE

nternational workshop on:
« GRADUALNESS IN CHANGE AND ITS RELATION TO SYNCHRONIC VARIATION AND USE »
Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2011

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DESCRIPTION:
The workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the factors at play in diachronic change and to investigate the relationship between diachronic gradualness and synchronic variation, integrating the current views on linguistic variation and language use.

Special attention will be devoted to theoretical and methodological issues concerning i) how the study of language change can benefit from the most recent achievements in linguistic theories and ii) how the explanations of synchronic variation may be found in diachronic processes, discussing whether diachronic gradualness and synchronic variation may be analyzed through the same lenses and by means of the same theoretical instruments.

Furthermore, the workshop also wants to address the question of the impact of contact on linguistic change. Language contact may indeed be seen as a special type of synchronic phenomenon that may last in time and may gradually lead to diachronic change, triggering or influencing the development of particular constructions in neighbouring languages.

INVITED SPEAKERS:
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam):
—- Topic: On the role of analogy in processes of language change
Béatrice Lamiroy (University of Leuven):
—- Topic: The pace of grammaticalization in Romance languages
Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh):
—- Topic: Diachronic construction grammar and gradualness in language change

Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp):

—– Topic: On diachronic semantic maps

The workshop will also accommodate four contributions from the project members (t.b.a) on the effects of contact and interference within the macro-geographic-area of the Mediterranean.

CALL FOR PAPERS:

Authors are invited to submit a one-page abstract, keeping in mind that the slot for their communication will last 40 min. including discussion.
Abstracts should be anonymous and should be sent as attachments in PDF format to: gradualness.workshop@gmail.com.
Author(s) name(s) and affiliation should be indicated in the corpus of the e-mail. The abstracts will be anonimously reviewed by two members of the Scientific Committee.

Besides theoretical issues, the exam of specific examples and the description of general patterns will also be welcome. Topics of interest include:

• what kind of factors trigger the grammaticalization processes
•  the relation of grammaticalization to other mechanisms of language change such as reanalysis and analogy
• the relationship between synchronic variation and grammatical change
• the interaction between frequency, entrenchment and use
• the possibility of multiple source constructions in language change
• the role of language contact in grammatical change
• how particular diachronic phenomena may be analyzed in the light of the most recent linguistic theories (e.g. construction grammar)
• diachronic explanations for synchronic patterns of variation
•  …..

IMPORTANT DATES:

Deadline for submission: 10 February 2011

Notification of acceptance 10 March 2011

ORGANIZERS AND CONTACT:
Anna Giacalone Ramat – annaram (at) unipv.it

Caterina Mauri – caterina.mauri (at) unipv.it

Piera Molinelli – piera.molinelli (at) unibg.it

For any questions and for submissions, please write to gradualness.workshop@gmail.com

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:
Pierluigi Cuzzolin (University of Bergamo), Chiara Fedriani (University of Pavia), Chiara Ghezzi (University of Pavia), Anna Giacalone Ramat (University of Pavia), Gianguido Manzelli (University of Pavia), Caterina Mauri (University of Pavia), Piera Molinelli (University of Bergamo), Paolo Ramat (IUSS Institute), Andrea Sansò (Insubria University – Como), Federica Venier (University of Bergamo)


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