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Conference Program

Language Change: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

Hosted by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 20-21 January 2021


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

17:00 – 17:10 Gathering and Opening remarks

Session 1

17:10-17:17 Paul Kiparsky Stanford University
Syntactic change: Traversing the fitness landscape

17:18:-17:25 Benjamin Sluckin Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Itamar Kastner University of Edinburgh
A locative human impersonal subject: Metonymy-driven change at the interfaces

17:26-17:33 Ekaterina Georgieva Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
How before turns into rather: Evidence from Turkic and Uralic

17:34-17:41  Noa Bassel Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A reflexive cycle

17:42-17:49 Alexandra Simonenko Ghent University
Evolution of pre-nominal possessives: A comparative quantitative
study of French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian

17:50-18:10 Discussion

18:10-18:25 Break

Session 2

18:25-18:32 Adina Moshavi Bar-Ilan University
Ordinality in Biblical Hebrew temporal expressions: A diachronic study

18:33-18:40 Tania Notarius Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Polis – the Jerusalem Institute of Languages and Humanities
Middle voice in Ugaritic: The N-stem and Gt-stem in typological and historical perspective

18:41-18:48 Christian Locatell Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Subjectivity and subordination: The interaction between syntax and semantics

18:49-18:56 Kevin Grasso Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The resultative to perfective to past path in Semitic

18:57-19:04 Nora Boneh Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tracking auxiliary come

19:05-19:12 Aynat Rubinstein Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Recurrent change: On the semantics and pragmatics of pathways

19:13-19:30 Discussion

19:30-19:40 Break

Session 3

19:40-19:47 Shane Steinert-Threlkeld University of Washington
Two approaches to explaining semantic universals

19:48-19:55 Chiara Gianollo University of Bologna
Cycles of renewal and scalar meaning

19:56-20:03 Remus Gergel Universität des Saarlandes
Cyclicity effects in the development of presuppositions 

20:04-20:20 Discussion

Thursday, January 21, 2021

18:00 – 18:03 Gathering and Opening remarks

Session 4

18:03-18:10 Patience Epps University of Texas at Austin
Exploring rates of replacement in grammatical morphology

18:11-18:18 Freek Van de Velde Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Turning ideographic questions into nomothetic operationalizations

18:19-18:26 Shira Tal Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Kenny Smith, Jennifer Culbertson University of Edinburgh, Eitan Grossman and Inbal Arnon Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The impact of information structure on the emergence of differential object marking: An experimental study

18:27-18:34 Svetlana Dachkovsky, Wendy Sandler Haifa University,
and Rose Stamp Bar-Ilan University
Time will tell: grammaticalization of time expressions in Israeli Sign Language ISL

18:35-18:42 Tamás Halm Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Why almost and almost are not even approximately the same: The diachronic semantics of approximatives in Hungarian 

18:43-18:50 Ashwini Deo Ohio State University
Demonstrative contrasts and the loss of exophoricity

18:51-19:07 Discussion

19:08-19:17 Break

Session 5

19:17-19:24 Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal Hebrew University of Jerusalem
How can history inform semantics: A formal study of external negation

19:25-19:32 Lieven Danckaert CNRS, Université de Lille and Chiara Gianollo University of Bologna
Latin quidem: the interplay of scalarity with negation and contrast in semantic change

19:33-19:40 Omri Amiraz and Eitan Grossman Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Why new future markers are often banned from negative contexts

19:41-19:48 Regine Eckardt Universität Konstanz
The perfect winner: On the historical pragmatics of preterite loss in Southern German varieties 

19:49-20:05 Discussion

20:05-20:30 Wrap up discussion

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