Systematic Semantic Change Symposium

Nautilus (Edward Weston 1927)

This symposium is hosted by The Department of Linguistics, UT Austin and will be held on April 5-6 2013.




Typological and grammaticalization research on the meaning of semantic categories like tense/aspect, modality, possession, intensification, and negation has uncovered many  systematic  patterns in the diachronic linkings between form and meaning. Systematicity is exhibited in the recruitment of lexical material in innovating new functional expressions as well as in the predictable paths and cycles  that   such  expressions tend to follow once they become overtly encoded in languages. The goal of this workshop is to bring together two groups of researchers: specifically, researchers working on problems of semantic variability and change from within the paradigm of formal semantics/pragmatics and researchers working on these questions from within the grammaticalization paradigm. The workshop aims to engender dialogue on whether and how robust diachronic observations and insights about meaning change emerging from the typological and grammaticalization paradigm can/cannot be modeled using semantic and pragmatic tools and whether attempts at translation between these paradigms can be fruitful for both approaches to meaning. 

Invited Speakers:

Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford, CSLI)

 Östen Dahl (Stockholm)  

Regine Eckardt (Göttingen)

Larry Horn (Yale)

Roumyana Pancheva (USC)

Scott Schwenter (OSU)

Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford)

 **Sabine Iatridou (MIT) will not be able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.



Program Committee: David Beaver,  John Beavers,  Ashwini Deo, Patience Epps, Stephen Wechsler

This symposium is made possible by the generous support provided by the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at UT Austin. 


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