Linguistics Department

Systematic Semantic Change Symposium

April 5-6, 2013

Fri, April 5, 2013 | UTC

8:45 AM - 6:00 PM

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.

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