nternational workshop on:
« GRADUALNESS IN CHANGE AND ITS RELATION TO SYNCHRONIC VARIATION AND USE »
Pavia (Italy), 30-31 May 2011
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.
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam):
Béatrice Lamiroy (University of Leuven):
Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp):
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.
Besides theoretical issues, the exam of specific examples and the description of general patterns will also be welcome. Topics of interest include:
Deadline for submission: 10 February 2011
Notification of acceptance 10 March 2011
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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)