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LINGUIST List 21.3473

Tue Aug 31 2010

Calls: Historical Ling/Japan

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        1.    Ritsuko Kikusawa, The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm

Message 1: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm
Date: 30-Aug-2010
From: Ritsuko Kikusawa <ritsukominpaku.ac.jp>
Subject: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm
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Full Title: The Diachrony of TAM Systems as a Paradigm
Short Title: TAM systems

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contact Person: Kazuha Watanabe
Meeting Email: kwatanabefullerton.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

The diachrony of TAM (tense-aspect-modality) systems has been one of the
most researched topics in historical linguistics, especially after Heine,
Claudi, and Hünnemeyer (1991) and Bybee, Perkins, and Pagliuca (1994).
However, many of the previous studies have focused on the diachronic
development of specific TAM markers. That is, their aim is usually to
identify the origins of the TAM markers in question and to examine the
further changes (phonological, semantic, and/or morpho-syntactic) that the
markers have gone through. This might be due to the fact that this is the
structure of above mentioned works. Furthermore, while the interaction
among tense, aspect and modality is a long-studied topic, we still have not
thoroughly addressed how the overall TAM systems develop in a given

Therefore, the questions that the workshop would like to address are?.

1)How do the specific diachronic changes of TAM markers affect the overall
TAM paradigm in a given language?
2)Alternatively, how is tense, aspect, or modality system affected by such
changes, rather than the TAM systems as a whole?)
3)Reversely, how does the overall structure of the TAM paradigm affect the
types of diachronic changes of specific TAM markers?
4)Or how does the nature of tense, aspect, or modality system affect the
development of individual markers?
5)Typologically speaking, what is possible TAM systems like? (or what
would an impossible TAM system would be?)
6)Any other issues that have not been solved

Bybee, J., Parkins, R., and Pagliuca, W. 1994. The Evolution of Grammar:
Tense, Aspect and Modality in the Languages of the World. The University
of Chicago Press: Chicago
Heine, Bernd, Ulrike Claudi and Friederike Hünnemeyer 1991. 'From
cognition to grammar: Evidence from African languages'. In Traugott,
Elizabeth Closs and Bernd Heine (eds.), Approaches to Grammaticalization.
pp. 149-188. John Benjamins: Amsterdam

Call For Papers

I am trying to organize a workshop on the diachrony of TAM systems as a
paradigm at the 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, to
be held in Osaka, Japan, from July 25 to 30, 2011. I need to submit possible
participants with the workshop proposal by September 15. I would like to
see if there is enough interest. Please express your interest (with possible
paper title) via email by September 13. The abstract needs to be submitted
to the conference organizers by November 15.

Kazuha Watanabe
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
California State University, Fullerton
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