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Wed Dec 08 2010

Calls: Historical Ling/Spain

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        1.     Jóhanna Barðdal , Diachronic Construction Grammar

Message 1: Diachronic Construction Grammar
Date: 07-Dec-2010
From: Jóhanna Barðdal <johanna.barddaluib.no>
Subject: Diachronic Construction Grammar
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Full Title: Diachronic Construction Grammar

Date: 08-Sep-2011 - 11-Sep-2011
Location: Logroño (La Rioja), Spain
Contact Person: Jóhanna Barðdal
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://org.uib.no/iecastp/IECASTP/Workshop9.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2010

Meeting Description:

The theoretical framework of Construction Grammar has by now become an established framework in the international linguistic community, and a viable alternative to more formal approaches to language and linguistic structure. So far, constructional analyses have mostly been focused on synchronic, comparative and typological data, while the emergence of a diachronic construction grammar is a more recent development. At the moment, the community is experiencing a boom in the amount of research being carried out within diachronic construction grammar.

A constructional approach to diachronic linguistics and language change may be focused on how new constructions arise, how competition in diachronic variation should be accounted for, how constructions fall into disuse, as well as how constructions change in general, formally and/or semantically, and the implications for the language system as a whole. Another area of focus is the value of a constructional approach to the reconstruction of morphosyntax. Further, the role of corpus data, frequency, language contact, and the interaction between item-specific and more general abstract constructions may also be important ingredients in any diachronic constructional analysis, claiming to do justice to language development and change.

SLE-44 in Logroño, Spain, 8-11 September 2011
Workshop title: Diachronic Construction Grammar
URL: http://org.uib.no/iecastp/IECASTP/Workshop9.htm


Jóhanna Barðdal, University of Bergen & Spike Gildea, University of Oregon

Call for Papers:

This workshop is particularly focused on research where the notion of construction as a form-function pairing is needed to account for the diachronic data and development. We welcome contributions where a comparison between models is facilitated, both with regard to reconstructing grammatical change and to explaining attested grammatical change. The workshop's aim is to promote construction grammar as a viable diachronic framework alongside other linguistic frameworks dealing with language change.

Please submit your abstract through the SLE website, not later than January 15th, 2011:


For further description of diachronic constructional work and references, see


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