[Histling-l] International conference The shaping of transitivity and argument structure Pavia (Italy), October 25th-27th, 2018

Silvia Luraghi silvia.luraghi at unipv.it
Wed Dec 13 07:06:02 EST 2017

*The shaping of transitivity and argument structure: theoretical and
empirical perspectivesPavia (Italy),October 25th-27th, 2018*

(Abstract submission deadline: March 31st, 2018)

The conference aims to investigate the shaping of transitivity, argument
structure and alignment patterns over time, with particular regard to the
evolution of voice systems, (in)transitive alternations, and non-finite
syntax. The general goal is to bring together insights from language
change, language reconstruction, and language typology in light of current
theories of argument realization and the encoding of the argument structure
of verbs and clauses. Contributions on general theoretical issues,
methodological issues, data collection, and the development of language
resources are equally welcome.

We invite abstracts dealing with the following or other related issues:

   - Theoretical issues and approaches to the study of transitivity-related
   phenomena over time
   - Methodological issues on data collection and analysis of
   transitivity-related phenomena over time
   - Diachronic changes within voice systems and voice-related categories,
   (in)transitive alternations, and non-finite syntax in individual languages
   or across languages
   - Cross-linguistic analysis of alignment system evolution
   - Diachronic corpus-based investigations of argument structure patterns
   in individual languages
   - The frequency, productivity, reanalysis, and distribution of rival
   argument structure patterns over time
   - Competing motivations behind the distribution of rival synchronic
   argument structure patterns
   - The developments of verbs' argument structure patterns across
   different languages
   - Basic valency orientation, its changes over time in individual
   languages, the limits and perspectives of its reconstruction in
   - Sources, reanalysis, and patterns of polysemy of valency changing
   - The role of language contact in the development of transitivity
   related phenomena
   - Issues in the creation and development of electronic resources
   (digitalized texts, databases, treebanks, tools etc.) for the study of
   transitivity related phenomena

*Important dates*

*March 31st, 2018: deadline for abstract submission*

Abstracts of no more than one page (plus possibly one additional page for
examples), should be submitted via *Easychair*
by March 31st, 2018. Submissions should be anonymous and refrain from

May 31th, 2018: notification of acceptance

October 25th-27th, 2018: conference

Silvia Luraghi
Università di Pavia
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata
Strada Nuova 65
I-27100 Pavia
tel.: +39/0382/984685
Web page personale:
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