Western Washington University's Linguistics Program will host an International Symposium on Typological Regularity of Semantic Change in Grammaticalization and Lexicalization
Saturday, April 22 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Miller Hall 121
Based on Indo-European languages, earlier studies (Traugott & Dasher 2002, Heine et al 1991) claim that semantic change follows the cline A>A, B> B. Xing (2015), on the other hand, provides evidence from a number of case studies suggesting that semantic change in Chinese follows a somewhat different pattern: A>A, B>A,B,C. She argues that such a discrepancy of tendency in semantic change is a result of different evolution pathways between typologically different languages. This symposium aims to bring the discussion about these two views to the next level – fine-grained investigations of tendencies of semantic change in grammaticalization and lexicalization in genetically unrelated and typologically different language families.
Invited speakers and topics:
- Dr. Walter BISANG, University of Mainz, Germany
Topic: “Grammaticalization in Chinese—A Cross-Linguistic Typological Perspective
- Dr. Xiufang DONG, Peking University, Beijing, China
Topic: “From Denotation to Description: Categorical Polysemy in Chinese”
- Dr. Mei FANG, Institute of Linguistics, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China;
Topic: “The Use of Shuoshi and Interactional Motivations of ChineseEmergent Compound Words with Copula Morpheme”
- Dr. Shengli FENG, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong;
Topic: “A Multidimensional Semantics in Classical Chinese”
- Dr. Ekkehard KӦNIG, Berlin Free University, Berlin, Germany;
Topic: “Establishing Transphrastic Relations: On the Grammaticalization of Demonstratives and Interrogatives”
- Dr. Barbara MEISTERERNST, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany;
Topic: “A New Approach on the Development of Deontic Markers in Pre-Modern Chinese”
- Dr. Alain PEYRAUBE, EHESS, Paris, France;
Topic: “New Insights on the Historical Evolution of the Differential Object Marking in Chinese”
- Dr. Chaofen SUN, Stanford University, San Francisco, USA;
- Dr. Fuxiang WU, Institute of Linguistic, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China;
Topic: “Anti-grammaticalization in Chinese Dialects”
The Symposium will be held at Miller Hall 121 and free for WWU faculty and students. Please contact Janet Xing at Janet.Xing@wwu.edu if you have any questions.