From: Bartosz Wiland <plmifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: Competing Explanations of Language Change and Variation
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Full Title: Competing Explanations of Language Change and Variation
Date: 24-Sep-2010 - 24-Sep-2010
Location: Gniezno, Poland
Contact Person: Jarosław Weckwerth
Meeting Email: wjarekifa.amu.edu.pl
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2010
PLM 2010's thematic discussion session on Competing Explanations of Language
Change and Variation.
View our Call for Papers for description and details.
Call for Papers
Competing explanations of language change and variation
Plenary: Nikolaus Ritt
As competing explanations are the leitmotif of PLM 2010, this session will be
devoted to explanatory challenges in theories of language change. The discussion
workshop will concentrate on the role of linguistic variation and other factors
in competing proposals concerning the mechanisms of language change. The focal
event of the session will be the plenary talk by Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna) "Agents
or Vehicles? The role of speakers in directing linguistic evolution", followed
by six oral presentations. We shall welcome abstracts of presentations dealing
with the following topics and questions:
- Why does language change happen at all?
- Does language change have a direction? Are there "historical laws" govern-ing
- Synchronic variation and diachronic change: how are they interrelated?
- How can we account for the observed tempo of language change and the scale of
variation in speech communities?
- Functional explanations of language change, their adequacy and predictive power.
- Evolutionary approaches to language change: replication, competition and
selection as explanatory notions.
- Is language a tool designed and controlled by its human users, or does it have
a life of its own?
- Should we expect linguistic structures to be rational?
When submitting the abstract via Linguist List's EasyAbs system, please make
sure you select "Change and Variation (discussion session)" in the "Abstract
Classification 1" field. The deadline is 31 March 2010. Please consult the
general abstract submission guidelines.
Piotr Gąsiorowski gpiotrifa.amu.edu.pl
Jarosław Weckwerth wjarekifa.amu.edu.pl
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