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Beitragsaufruf: Diachronic Construction Grammar

7. Dezember 2010

Ich hatte bereits vor einiger Zeit auf den Workshop “Construction Grammar beyond English”, organisiert von Stefan Th. Gries und Jiyoung Yoon, im Rahmen der 44. Jahreskonferenz der “Societas Linguistica Europaea” (SLE-44) in Logroño vom 8. bis 11. September 2011 hingewiesen. Jetzt kam ein weiterer interessanter Beitragsaufruf von Jóhanna Barðdal und Spike Gildea für einen Workshop innerhalb dieser Tagung mit dem Titel Diachronic Construction Grammar„.

Dies ist der Aufruf:

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.
The beginning of diachronic construction grammar was marked by Israel’s (1996) influential paper on the development of the way-construction in the history of English. Since then, work has, for instance, been done on:

  • The development of case in Germanic (Barðdal 2001, 2009), historical variation in case marking (Berg-Olsen 2009, Barðdal 2011)
  • Changes in periphrastic causatives in English (Hollmann 2003), future constructions in Germanic (Hilpert 2008), and raising constructions in English and Dutch (Noël & Colleman 2010)
  • The development of pragmatic particles in Czech (Fried 2007, 2009)
  • Possessive constructions in the history of Russian (Eckhoff 2009)
  • Rise of the there construction from Old to Early Modern English (Jenset 2010)
  • Grammaticalization and construction grammar (Traugott 2007, 2008a/b, Noël 2007, Trousdale 2008a/b, Bisang 2010)
  • Construction grammar and historical-comparative reconstruction (Gildea 1997, 1998, 2000, Haig 2008, Barðdal & Eythórsson 2009, Barðdal 2010)

At the moment, the community is experiencing a boom in the amount of research being carried out within diachronic construction grammar.
More generally, 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.
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:

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