AG 5

AG 5 (Building B 4.1, room 0.26)
Sprachliche Kodierungs-Asymmetrien, Gebrauchsfrequenz und Informativität

Organizer
Martin Haspelmath, MPI-SHH Jena und Universität Leipzig, haspelmath@shh.mpg.de

External homepage
Call for abstracts

Short abstract

Asymmetrische Muster in der Morphosyntax sind ein Kernproblem der Grammatik und wurden früher oft mit dem Begriff Markiertheit beschrieben. Asymmetrische Paare wie Nominativ/Akkusativ, 3./2. Person, Singular/Plural, Präsens/Futur, Aktiv/Passiv, Lokativ/Ablativ werden manchmal auch mit Ikonizität erklärt, aber in dieser AG steht der Gesichtspunkt der Informativität im Vordergrund, denn es gibt viele Hinweise darauf, dass Gebrauchsfrequenz und Vorhersagbarkeit zentral für ihr Verständnis sind.

Program

Wedsneday, March 8th, 2017

Time Event
13:45 – 14:45 Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon
Frequency, coding asymmetries, and the constant flow of linguistic information
14:45 – 15.15 Laura Becker & Matías Guzmán Naranjo
Coding asymmetries, frequency and predictability: The case of to vs from
15:15 – 15:45 Alice Blumenthal-Dramé & Bernd Kortmann
Causal and concessive relations: Typology meets cognition
15:45 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00 Livio Gaeta
Diachrony as a source of coding asymmetries
17:00 – 17:30 Geoffrey Khan
Asymmetry in the historical development of the copula in Neo-Aramaic
17:30 – 18:00 Simon Kasper
The asymmetry between morphology and word order with respect to informativity

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Time Event
09:00 – 09:30 Sander Lestrade
Simulating the development of encoding asymmetries in argument marking
09:30 – 10:00 Natalia Levshina
Explaining coding asymmetries: Frequency or informativity?
10:00 – 10:30 Matti Miestamo
Making sense of the asymmetry between affirmation and negation
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:45 Na’ama Pat-El
The Semitic Perfect and the problem of zero subjects
11:45 – 12:15 Dirk Pijpops & Freek Van de Velde
Processing shapes grammar: But whose processing are we talking about??
12:15 – 12:45 Ulrike Schneider & Britta Mondorf
Why bring is doing the splits: Exploring transitivity as an explanatory factor for coding asymmetries
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch break
13:45 – 14:15 Martin Haspelmath
On the scope of the form-frequency correspondence principle
14:15 – 14:45 Karsten Schmidtke-Bode
On the optionality of boundary markers (and pro-forms) of subordinate clauses

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Time Event
11:30 – 12:00 Ilja Seržant
Towards functional motivation for the reduced third person indexing
12:00 – 12:30 Helen Sims-Williams
A diachronic mechanism for form-frequency asymmetries in inflectional paradigms
12:30 – 13:00 Eva van Lier & Marlou van Rijn
Differential possessive marking of arguments in action nominalizations: A typological survey
13:00 – 13:30 Jingting Ye
Coding asymmetry between independent and dependent pronominal possessors: A cross-linguistic study
13:30 – 14:00 Natalia Zaika
Markedness disharmony in Basque