LINGUIST List 15.2735
Sat Oct 02 2004
Calls: Historical Ling/Belgium; Lang Acquisition/Germany
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From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization
Xth International Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
Message 1: From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization
From: Hubert Cuyckens <hubert.cuyckensarts.kuleuven.ac.be>
Subject: From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization
Full Title: From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from
Short Title: FITIGRA
Date: 10-Feb-2005 - 12-Feb-2005
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: Hendrik De Smet
Meeting Email: fitigraarts.kuleuven.ac.be
Web Site: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/fitigra
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics;
Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology
Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2004
''From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from Grammaticalization''
is a conference devoted to the study of semantic-pragmatic change in
grammaticalization, from ''ideational'' to ''interpersonal'' (Halliday and
Hasan 1976) or from ''propositional'' to ''expressive'' (Traugott 1989).
From Ideational to Interpersonal: Perspectives from
Leuven, 10-12 February 2005
SECOND CIRCULAR AND CALL FOR PAPERS
Hubert Cuyckens (Functional Linguistics Research Group, University of Leuven)
Kristin Davidse (Functional Linguistics Research Group, University of Leuven)
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen (English Department, University of Ghent)
Since the 1980s, grammaticalization has taken up an important place in the
research of linguists. Following Traugott, grammaticalization can be
described as a robust tendency whereby "lexical items and constructions
come in certain linguistic contexts to serve grammatical functions or
grammatical items develop new grammatical functions". Importantly,
grammaticalization involves "a subset of crosslinguistically recurring
changes that involve correlations across time between semantic,
morphosyntactic (and sometimes also) phonological changes." (Elizabeth C.
Traugott, 2001. "Legitimate counterexamples to unidirectionality").
As is well known, one tradition in grammaticalization studies has focused
on explorations in morphosyntactic change, building on Lehmann's (
1995) seminal study on processes and parameters of grammaticalization. This
type of grammaticalization research mainly focuses on the change of free
syntactic units into highly constrained morphemes with a grammatical
function. A more recent tradition, initiated by Traugott (1982) and
elaborated, e.g., in Traugott (1989, 1995, 1996), focuses on
semantic-pragmatic change in grammaticalization. Based on Halliday and
Hasan's (1976) proposal that there are three functional domains of
language, the ideational, the textual, and the interpersonal, she has
proposed that semantic change in grammaticalization often proceeds along
the following cline:
Propositional > textual > expressive.
This cline has been reformulated as three tendencies which involve
(increasing) pragmatic strengthening, and in which the tendency towards
expressiveness/subjectivity is the most prominent.
The purpose of this conference is to bring together papers that examine
various aspects of grammaticalization within the framework of the clines
ideational > textual > interpersonal and/or propositional > textual >
expressive. As such, we welcome contributions addressing (by now) familiar
issues in grammaticalization such as:
- auxiliarization, the development of discourse markers, etc.
- the importance of pragmatic strengthening/invited
inferencing/subjectification, as they occur in the cognitive-functional
context of speaker-hearer interaction.
Furthermore, we encourage contributions which, within the framework
outlined above, take up newer issue that may necessitate a broader
definition of grammaticalization. These include:
- the study of shifts such as those from head to modifier (Denison 2002) or
modifier to intensifier (Adamson 2000) in the NP, a grammatical environment
which has hitherto been relatively neglected in grammaticalization theory;
- the interplay between grammaticalization and lexicalization, with the
latter understood as the formation of a new lexical item by the combination
of two formerly distinct lexical items (Fischer & Rosenbach 2000; Lehmann
2002; Van der Auwera 2002 );
- the question whether grammaticalization processes can be predicted to
follow certain structurally determined paths, such as center-to-periphery
directionality in the NP (Rijkhoff 2002);
- the role played in the lexicogrammatical re-organization accompanying
grammaticalization by syntagmatic relations between lexical items such as
collocation (Sinclair 1991), semantic feature copying (Bublitz 1996),
semantic prosody (Stubbs 1995), and pragmatic feature copying.
Finally, we also seek contributions that highlight the importance of such
usage-based factors as frequency and entrenchment for grammaticalization,
and that, in general, give attention to quantitative data in support of
Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela), Manfred Krug
(Freiburg University), Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam), and
Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford University) have confirmed their participation
as keynote speakers.
Call for papers:
Papers are invited on the aspects of grammaticalization within the
framework outlined above. Presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes
Abstracts should be between 400 and 500 words (exclusive of references) and
should state research questions, approach, method, data and (expected)
results. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.
Abstracts should be submitted as Word or as .RTF files. More information on
how to submit abstracts can be found on the conference website
under "Submit Abstract".
The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 November 2004.
Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 November 2004.
In order to register for this conference, please complete the registration
form at http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/conference/admin/RegistrationFitigra
The registration fee of 50 Euros should be paid in cash on site.
Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept credit card payments or checks.
We have reserved blocks of rooms from 9 February until 13 February 2005 at
selected Leuven hotels, at reduced conference rates. For detailed
information on each of these hotels, see
In order to obtain the conferenence rates, conference participants need to
make hotel room reservations directly with the hotels. Most hotels require
a credit card number and expiry date when booking the room.
The reserved blocks of rooms will be released anywhere in between Dec 1,
2004 and Jan 11 , 2005 (please check individual hotel information at
http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/fitigra/accommodation.htm). After the
release date, rooms can still be booked at each of these hotels, but will
be subject to availability.
Payment is by conference participants upon departure.
As we need to draw up guest lists for each of the hotels, we would be
grateful if you let us know: (i) in which hotel you booked accommodation;
(ii) your check-in date and check-out date. Please send this information to
Thursday, February 10, 2005
The venue for the first day is the Faculty of Arts building
(Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven) It is situated in the centre of
Leuven and within walking distance from the train station.
Friday, February 11 and Saturday February 12, 2005
The venue for days two and three of the conference is the Faculty Club
(http://www.facultyclub.be), the conference and meeting Center of the
Catholic University of Leuven.
More information on both conference sites can be found at
At the end of the first conference day (February 10), all participants are
invited to a reception at the Faculty Club, which is the conference venue
for the 2nd and 3rd day of the conference (http://www.facultyclub.be).
Please inform us by February 1, 2005 whether you will attend the reception
or not by sending an email to fitigraarts.kuleuven.ac.be
The conference dinner will be organized on the evening of February 11. The
cost of the conference dinner will come to approximately 40 Euros per
person (four-course dinner, including wine, coffee/tea, water). Please
inform us by February 1, 2005 whether you will attend the conference dinner
or not by sending an email to fitigraarts.kuleuven.ac.be
Payment of the conference dinner is on site in cash.
Please consult http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.ac.be/fitigra/travel_info.htm
Message 2: Xth International Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
From: Natalia Gagarina <gagarinazas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Xth International Congress of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
Full Title: Xth International Congress of the International Association for
the Study of Child Language (IASCL)
Short Title: IASCL
Date: 25-Jul-2005 - 29-Jul-2005
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: CTW - Congress Organisation Thomas Wiese GmbH
Meeting Email: mailctw-congress.de
Web Site: http://www.ctw-congress.de/iascl/info.html
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2004
The special emphasis topic of the meeting is on "Crosslinguistic and
intercultural aspects of unimpaired and impaired language acquisition: A
window on universal and language particular learning mechanisms".
Specific topic areas within the special emphasis topic:
- Methods of crosslinguistic and intercultural research in language development
- Conceptual and lexical development
- Bootstrapping mechanisms
- Models of learning
- Interaction between morphosyntactic and lexical development
- The neurocognitive basis of language learning
- Genetic aspects of language acquisition
- Language acquisition in children with genetic syndromes
- Origins of specific language disorders
- Bilingual acquisition
- Similarities and differences between the acquisition of sign language and
- The acquisition of Pidgins and Creoles
Jeffrey Elman, Dept. of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
Angela Friederici, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig
Ray Jackendoff, Linguistics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.
Elizabeth Spelke, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University
Joan Bybee, Dept. of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster
presentations or organization of a symposium until November 15, 2004.
Abstracts for papers and poster should provide basic information about the
leading question, the data, the methods, and the results of the
presentation. The abstracts are limited to 500 words.
Abstracts for symposia should briefly describe the question and specific
aim of the symposium, list name, affiliation of the contributors and should
include a brief abstract of each contribution. The symposium abstracts
should not exceed 1200 words.
For presentation by each submitter a maximum of 1 first authored
paper/poster and a maximum of 2 papers/posters in any other authorship
status will be accepted.
If you intend to submit an abstract (English Language), please exclusively
use the internet abstract form (http://www.ctw-congress.de/iascl/papers.html).
Abstracts submitted by fax, mail or e-mail are not accepted.
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