Call for Papers (Special Session)
Over the past years, there has been a rising interest in the connection between formal theories of semantics/pragmatics and language change. Certain phenomena such as the emergence of functional morphemes and words can be best investigated and understood in terms of semantic theories that allow for an explicit treatment of semantic composition. Another trend in meaning change is the change from situation-dependent meanings to situation-independent meanings, for instance when verbs of possession turn into future markers. Again, this trend can be put to test concisely in intensional semantics, where possible worlds are a visible parameter. The special session aims to intensify exchange between synchronic and diachronic investigations of meaning, and to explore new and fruitful connections.
We invite abstract submissions for 45 (35+10) minute presentations on case studies or semantic/pragmatic theories on meaning change in language history. Abstracts should contain original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as sole author and one abstract as co-author, or two co-authored abstracts for both sessions combined.
Abstracts must be submitted electronically in pdf format via EasyChair. Submissions must be anonymous and should not reveal the identify of the author(s) in any form.
Abstracts must not exceed two pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5 cm or 1 inch margins on all sides, 12 point font), including examples and references. Examples should be included where they are discussed, not grouped together on the second page.