LINGUIST List 16.410

Thu Feb 10 2005

Calls: Socioling/Ireland; General Ling/Spain

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        1.    Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Sociolinguistics Symposium 16
        2.    Tanja Mortelmans, Prototypes and Grammaticalization: Grammaticalization as Prototype?

Message 1: Sociolinguistics Symposium 16

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics Symposium 16

Full Title: Sociolinguistics Symposium 16
Short Title: SS16

Date: 06-Jul-2006 - 08-Jul-2006
Location: Limerick, Ireland
Contact Person: Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2005

Meeting Description:

Europe's premier international conference on language in society, will be
hosted by the University of Limerick, Ireland, in July 2006. The
Sociolinguistics Symposia were begun in the 1970s by a group of
sociolinguists who saw the need for a forum to discuss research findings
and to debate theoretical and methodological issues concerning language in
society. The symposium has since grown into a large, international
conference, typically attracting about 500 participants. The plenary
speakers will be:

Mercedes Bengoechea (Alcalá de Henares)
Jeff Kallen (Dublin)
Stephen May (Waikato)
Deborah Tannen (Georgetown)
Peter Trudgill (Fribourg)

The SS16 Organising Committee welcomes papers on any aspect of
sociolinguistics. Proposals related to the conference theme ''New
Perspectives on Sociolinguistic Change, Conflict and Accommodation'' are
particularly welcome. Abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by a panel of
reviewers and will be accepted on the basis of their scientific merit.
Three categories of proposal will be considered: (i) themed panel; (ii)
poster; (iii) paper. However, with respect to (ii) and (iii), the Committee
reserves the right to place contributions in either category in
consultation with the reviewers.

Each author may submit no more than one individual and one co-authored

Deadline for thematic panel proposals (workshops & colloquia): 31 JULY 2005

Deadline for paper and poster proposals: 30 SEPTEMBER 2005

Notification of workshop/colloquium acceptance/rejection: 30 SEPTEMBER 2005

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection: 16 DECEMBER 2005

Notification of poster acceptance/rejection: 16 DECEMBER 2005

Full details of submission procedure at the SS16 website:

Message 2: Prototypes and Grammaticalization: Grammaticalization as Prototype?

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Tanja Mortelmans <>
Subject: Prototypes and Grammaticalization: Grammaticalization as Prototype?

Full Title: Prototypes and Grammaticalization: Grammaticalization as

Date: 17-Jul-2005 - 20-Jul-2005
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Contact Person: Tanja Mortelmans
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:

This workshop will be devoted to the possible interaction of prototype and
grammaticalization theory. 'Prototype' is a central notion in typology and
cognitive linguistics, two disciplines closely related to
grammaticalization theory in many respects. Yet there has been only
sporadic reflection so far on the potential role of prototypes in
grammaticalization research. One possible approach is to investigate the
interaction of grammaticalization processes with prototypes. On the one
hand, prototypes seem to constrain grammaticalization both across and
within languages, while on the other hand some prototype effects in grammar
are themselves produced by grammaticalization.

Some research seems to suggest, e.g., that changes can end up slightly
'off-target' in relation to an existing prototype (as in the case of newly
emerging 'quasi-modals' in English), thus creating a new margin beside
older, prototypical instances. Another approach that has been proposed in
the literature is to treat grammaticalization itself as a prototype.
Changes such as the rise of discourse markers from clause-internal adverbs
and conjunctions seem to be strong candidates for grammaticalization even
though they violate principles like directionality, scope reduction etc.;
in other cases, e.g. complex sentences, constructions arise from discourse
patterns and are therefore difficult to analyse by means of concepts
originally devised for the grammaticalization of lexical items. Rather than
treat such phenomena as different types of change, the similarity with
established cases of grammaticalization can be accounted for by defining
grammaticalization in terms of a prototype category which comprises both
core instances and more marginal ones.

We invite proposals for 30-minute presentations (plus 10 minutes for
discussion) on any topic that will elucidate the relationship between
grammaticalization and the notion of prototype.

Contributions may be theoretical or empirical (or both) and refer, inter
alia, to issues like the following:

* Are there other links between prototypes and grammaticalization besides
those mentioned above?
* What other examples are there of the interaction of grammaticalization
with prototypes? What do such changes have in common?
* What other grammaticalization changes can be defined as marginal in
relation to more prototypical ones? What exactly do they have in common?
* In what way can grammaticalization researchers benefit from the cognitive
dimension of prototypes? Can cognitive linguists in turn learn anything
from grammaticalization research?
* Is grammaticalization theory necessarily compatible with the notion of
prototype in grammar? Could the very concept of prototype be undermined by
the idea that grammar emerges from the dynamics of spoken discourse?

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to and / or by March 31,

Upon acceptance of your abstracts, written papers should be handed in 20th
June 2005 (to be distributed to all the participants)

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