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Call for papers – Continuity and change: grammars of the Pacific

Call for papers – Continuity and change: grammars of the Pacific.

The aim of this workshop is to explore grammatical change in languages of the Pacific. It provides an opportunity to begin to compare findings from individual studies and discover what Pacific languages can contribute to general theories of grammatical change. That is, are there common trends or striking patterns of divergence in grammatical change across the Pacific that warrant explanation? And how does broadening the empirical basis of our understanding of grammatical change to incorporate Pacific case studies alter our general view of it?

We invite papers on all topics relating to grammatical change in the Pacific. These can include case studies of individual languages, reconstructions, comparative studies of smaller regions or language groups, or broader typological studies. Studies of mixed languages or new Englishes are also welcome.

Plenary speakers:
Associate Professor Frank Lichtenberk (University of Auckland)
Professor Jeff Siegel (University of New England)

We hope that speakers will also participate in two round-table discussions, one on each day of the workshop. One discussion will focus on the question of what the most pressing issues and research priorities relating to this topic are in the various Pacific regions and language families. The other discussion session will focus on trans-regional themes relating to grammatical change.

Please send abstracts for a 20 minute paper (with 10 minutes of discussion) to by 31 August 2012. We will send out notifications of acceptance by mid-September.

Abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page, including references.

There will be no registration charge for the workshop.

From: Saturday, 27 October 2012 - 9:00 AM
To: Sunday, 28 October 2012 - 5:00 PM
Enquiries: Dr Rachel Hendery on 6125 2243
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