Conference Program

Language Change: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 24-26 March 2020

Mandel Building, Room 530

Tuesday, March 24th

9:00 – 9:30 Gathering and Opening remarks

Opening Session

09:30-10:15 Paul Kiparsky Stanford University
Syntactic change: Traversing the fitness landscape

10:15-10:45 Patience Epps University of Texas at Austin
Exploring uniformity and variability in grammatical change

10:45-11:15 Enoch Aboh Universiteit van Amsterdam
Grammaticalization: Linguistic reanalysis and population factors

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

Steps down the path of language change

11:45-12:15 Freek Van de Velde Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Turning ideographic questions into nomothetic operationalizations

12:15-12:45 Eric Mathieu University of Ottawa
Language change and sub-word formation: The case of number and gender in Semitic

12:45-13:15 Chiara Gianollo University of Bologna
Cycles of renewal and scalar meaning

13:15-14:30 Lunch break

Language revival and change

14:30-15:00 Peter Austin SOAS, University of London
We want our language back

15:00-15:30 Lewis Glinert Dartmouth College
How little we know:  Hebrew knowledge and use on the eve of Tehiyyat Halashon

15:30-16:00 Aviya Hacohen and Olga Kagan Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Differential object marking in Modern Hebrew: From definiteness to partitivity

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Emergence of Modern Hebrew I 

16:30-17:10 Miri Bar-Ziv Levy Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The research questions of the EMODHEBREW ERC project  

Regularization in the crystallization of Modern Hebrew:
The case of counterfactual conditionals  

17:10-17:40 Ruth Stern Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The contribution of Medieval Hebrew innovations to Modern Hebrew:
Tense-marking presentatives

17:40-18:10 Todd Snider Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew comparative: Classification and development 

18:15 Reception, LLCC

Wednesday, March 25th

Emergence of Modern Hebrew II

09:00-09:30 Shira Wigderson Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The cohortative – changes in the expression of self-encouragement

09:30-10:00 Vera Agranovsky Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Old forms, new functions: Quadriliteral root patterns as sources of verbal meaning  

10:00-10:30 Bar Avineri Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mood for a change: Developments in desideratives and their complements in Hebrew

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Emergence of Modern Hebrew III

11:00-11:50 Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Preliminary conclusions of the ERC project

11:50-12:00 Book launch and panel discussion: Reconceptualizing the study of the emergence of Modern Hebrew  

Language contact, continuity and change in the genesis of Modern Hebrew
edited by Edit Doron, Malka Rappaport Hovav, Yael Reshef, Moshe Taube

Historical Continuity in the Emergence of Modern Hebrew by Yael Reshef

Panel discussion (Chair: Malka Rappaport Hovav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Enoch Aboh Universiteit van Amsterdam: The role of variation

Ruth Berman Tel Aviv University: The role of children

Lewis Glinert Dartmouth College: The role of sociolinguistic circumstances

13:00-14:20 Lunch break

Computational and experimental approaches to language change

14:20-15:00 Nina Tahmasebi University of Gothenburg
Unsupervised lexical semantic change detection – past, present & future

15:00-15:30 Shane Steinert-Threlkeld University of Washington
Two approaches to explaining semantic universals

15:30-16:00 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

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Trajectories of semantic change

16:30-17:00 Remus Gergel Universität des Saarlandes
Limits of directionality 

17:00-17:30 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 

17:30-18:00 Aynat Rubinstein Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Recurrent change: On the semantics and pragmatics of pathways

Thursday, March 26th


09:00-09:30 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

09:30-10:00 Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal Hebrew University of Jerusalem
How can history inform semantics? A formal study of external negation

10:00-10:30 Omri Amiraz and Eitan Grossman Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Why new future markers are often banned from negative contexts

10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Verbs, tense, aspect

11:00-11:30 Nora Boneh Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tracking auxiliary come

11:30-12:00 Kevin Grasso Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The resultative to perfective to past path in Semitic

12:00-12:30 Regine Eckardt Universität Konstanz
The perfect winner: On the historical pragmatics of preterite loss in Southern German varieties 

12:30-13:30 Lunch break

Poster Session 

13:30-14:30 Svetlana Dachkovsky, Wendy Sandler Haifa University,
and Rose Stamp Bar-Ilan University (Alternate Talk)
Grammaticalization and Lexicalization of TIME-PASS in Israeli Sign Language ISL

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

Christian Locatell Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Subjectivity and subordination: The interaction between syntax and semantics

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

Marjolein Poortvliet Charles University
Formal changes in the diachronic development of English seem

The nominal domain

14:30-15:00  Noa Bassel Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The diachronic source of exempt anaphors

15:00-15:30 Alexandra Simonenko Ghent University
Evolution of pre-nominal possessives: A comparative quantitative
study of French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian

15:30-16:00 Benjamin Sluckin Ruhr-Universität Bochum and Itamar Kastner University of Edinburgh
A locative human impersonal subject: Metonymy-driven change at the interfaces

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

Closing session

16:30-17:00 Adina Moshavi Bar-Ilan University
Ordinality in Biblical Hebrew temporal expressions: A diachronic study

17:00-17:30 Ashwini Deo Ohio State University
Identifying the strongest alternative: A historical perspective
on an Indo-Aryan discourse particle

17:30-18:00 Light supper 

18:00-20:00 Remembering Edit Doron

Ana Müller University of São Paulo
Edit: a brilliant generous academic and human being

Itamar Francez University of Chicago
Corresponding Research with Edit

A film in memory of Edit

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