Syntactic Change in Progress (SCiP)

University of Konstanz, 19th May 2021

There is a lively tradition of work on syntactic change in sociolinguistics, and another lively tradition of work on syntactic change in historical corpus linguistics. At present, however, theorizing in the two traditions has proceeded in relative isolation. Recent years have also seen a surge in theoretically-informed work on dialect syntax, adding another dimension to the picture. This workshop - a one-day event attached to the Diachronic Generative Syntax conference - aims to stimulate dialogue and explore points of convergence and divergence between these different approaches.

Keynote speakers


Morning session, 19th May:

09:00-09:10 Welcome
Session (Chair: George Walkden)
09:10-10:10 David Willis
Keynote talk
Using dialect variation to analyse ongoing change in some British English prepositional structures (video)
10:10-10:45 Henri Kauhanen Power, linking and (the future of) hypothesis testing in variationist syntax
10:45-11:15 Coffee break
Session (Chair: Alexandra Rehn)
11:15-11:50 Elisabeth Gibert-Sotelo & Isabel Pujol Payet Nanosyntax of suffixed verbs from Latin to Romance: A change in progress
11:50-12:25 Carmen Widera The use of impersonal il in modern spoken French: a micro-diachronic analysis (cancelled)
12:25-13:00 Benjamin Lowell Sluckin & Itamar Kastner Everywhere in the UK quantifies over individuals: a new locative impersonal subject (video)

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Afternoon session, 19th May:

Session (Chair: David Willis)
14:15-14:50 Laura Rupp SCiP: the perspective from the loss of grammatical dialect features (video)
14:50-15:25 Victoria Beatrix Fendel After the variation comes something new! Grammaticalisation in French Support-Verb Constructions (video)
15:25-16:00 Kari Kinn & Ida Larsson Transmission of complex variation in a heritage language context: American Norwegian argument shift across generations
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
Session (Chair: George Walkden)
16:30-17:05 Karen Beaman Swabian relatives: variation in the use of the wo-relativiser (video)
17:05-18:05 Sali Tagliamonte
Keynote talk
Studying syntactic change in (mostly) synchronic data: The view from 20th century Ontario, Canada (video)
18:05-18:15 Closing remarks

Call for papers (now closed)

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