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Sun Jan 09 2011

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Japan

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        1.     Dmitry Idiatov , Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

Message 1: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals
Date: 07-Jan-2011
From: Dmitry Idiatov <idiatovvjf.cnrs.fr>
Subject: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals
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Full Title: Stability & Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals

Date: 25-Jul-2011 - 30-Jul-2011
Location: Osaka, Japan
Contact Person: Dmitry Idiatov
Meeting Email: idiatovvjf.cnrs.fr

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2011

Meeting Description:


Interrogative pronominals, such as English 'who?' and 'what?', are usually
considered to be among the most change-proof elements in any language. They are
believed to be highly resistant to both replacement through borrowing
(Haspelmath & Tadmor 2009, Matras 2009:199) and language-internal renewal
(Haspelmath 1997:176). In this respect, they strongly resemble personal
pronominals. The two kinds of pronominals are also often perceived as good
indicators of (long-range) genetic relationships and are regularly included in
basic vocabulary lists. However, the view of personal pronominals as highly
resistant to borrowing is not uncontroversial (cf. Wallace 1983, Thomason &
Everett 2005, Matras 2009:203-208, Law 2009). It has also long been observed
that reconstruction of personal pronominals tends to be fraught with
difficulties due to their typically short forms and their tendency to undergo
irregular changes, such as sound changes specific to them, various kinds of
analogical changes and amalgamation with other elements. The workshop aims at
assessing the claims on the universality of the extremely slow rate of change
and high resistance to borrowing with respect to interrogative pronominals.


Dmitry Idiatov (LLACAN-CNRS, Paris)

Invited Speaker:

Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)

Call for Papers

Workshop title: Stability and Borrowability of Interrogative Pronominals
Conference: 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics
Osaka, Japan, July 25-30, 2011

Organizer: Dmitry Idiatov (LLACAN-CNRS, Paris)
Contact: idiatovvjf.cnrs.fr

Invited speaker: Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)

Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2011

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, including literature references, should be
submitted through the conference website
(http://www.ichl2011.com/call_for_papers.html). Please remember to indicate the
workshop title in the appropriate place on the abstract submission form.

Particularly welcome are papers on examples of fast changes of interrogative
pronominals in families and subgroups, on examples of their borrowing and on the
kinds of irregular changes affecting interrogative pronominals.

Haspelmath, Martin. 1997. Indefinite pronouns. Oxford: Clarendon.
Haspelmath, Martin & Uri Tadmor (eds.). 2009. Loanwords in the world's
languages: a comparative handbook. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Law, Danny. 2009. Pronominal borrowing among the Maya. Diachronica 26(2). 214- 252.
Matras, Yaron. 2009. Language contact. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Thomason, Sarah G. & Daniel L. Everett. 2005. Pronoun borrowing. Berkeley
Linguistic Society 27. 301-315.
Wallace, Stephen. 1983. Pronouns in contact. In Frederic B. Agard, Gerald
Kelley, Adam Makkai & Valerie Becker Makkai (eds.), Essays in honor of Charles
F. Hockett, 573-589. Leiden: Brill.
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