LINGUIST List 16.579

Sat Feb 26 2005

Calls: General Ling/New Zealand; Historical Ling/USA

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        1.    Helen Charters, Linguistic Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2005
        2.    Alex Bergs, Constructions and Language Change

Message 1: Linguistic Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2005

Date: 24-Feb-2005
From: Helen Charters <>
Subject: Linguistic Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2005

Full Title: Linguistic Society of New Zealand Annual Conference 2005
Short Title: LSNZ 05

Date: 17-Nov-2005 - 18-Nov-2005
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Contact Person: Ross Clark
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-May-2005

Meeting Description:

The LSNZ conference is the main conference in New Zealand for people interested
in all aspects of linguistics. Papers are given on general, theoretical,
descriptive, historical, typological, acquisition, and sociolinguistics topics,
as well as on descriptions of languages, especially languages of the region.
Plenary speakers are Dianne Massam (University of Toronto) and Lesley Stirling
(University of Melbourne). Offers of papers (20 min. plus 10 min. discussion) on
any aspect of linguistics are invited.

Please send your abstract (ca. 150 words) as an rtf attachment by 31st May to

Your email message should include your name and affiliation, and the abstract
title; the attached abstract should include the title, but not your name or
affiliation. Students are especially encouraged to submit abstracts and can
choose to offer a shorter talk (15 minutes total) in a student session if they
wish. Their abstracts should state clearly that the author is a student, and
whether it is intended for the student or the main.

Message 2: Constructions and Language Change

Date: 24-Feb-2005
From: Alex Bergs <>
Subject: Constructions and Language Change

Full Title: Constructions and Language Change
Short Title: CALC

Date: 31-Jul-2005 - 01-Aug-2005
Location: Madison, WI, United States of America
Contact Person: Alex Bergs
Meeting Email:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2005

Meeting Description:


Constructions and Language Change

Gabriele Diewald, Hannover University
Alexander Bergs, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Studies in diachronic linguistics increasingly acknowledge that linguistic
change is highly context-dependent. Especially in its initial stages, linguistic
change is tied not only to particular text type or registers, but to specific
morphosyntactic and semantic environments, i.e. to specific recurring patters of
co-present linguistic features, that is to say ''constructions''.

This workshop investigates and highlights the role of "constructions" in
linguistic change. In doing so, the term "constructions" is deliberately
understood to have a broad extension, i.e. to include, but not be limited to
Construction Grammar proper. Thus, any constructional approach to language and
linguistic change is welcome.

Suggestions for topics to be addressed in this workshop include:

- The role of constructions as source(s) of linguistic change
- The role of constructions as product(s) of linguistic change
- Mechanisms of change within constructions
- Constructions and grammaticalization
- Constructions, frequency, and linguistic change
- Cross-linguistic constructional phenomena in linguistic change
- The definition and delimitation of the terms ''construction'', ''context'' etc.

Call for Papers
We encourage abstract submission on any of the topics mentioned above. Papers on
other related issues are also welcome. Papers, no matter whether theory or
data-driven, need not take a construction grammar point of view, but should
explicitly employ a constructional approach to language.

Presentations will have the usual 20 min + 10 min discussion format. We plan to
publish selected proceedings with an international publishing house.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be sent as MS Word compatible files
to the following address: Deadline is March
1, 2005. Notification of acceptance will be send out April 1, 2005.

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