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Full Title: Logical Vocabulary and Logical Change

Short Title: LogVoc
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Start Date: 03-Aug-2017 - 03-Aug-2017
Contact: Moreno Mitrovic
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Meeting Description: Overview:

Natural languages display a surprising diversity of expression of elementary logical operations. The study of this variation is emerging as an important topic of cross-linguistic semantics. While in modern English, words for expression of conjunction ('and'), universal quantification ('all'), additivity ('also'), or negative polarity and free-choice inferences ('any') clearly represent distinct morpho-semantic categories, all ancient Indo-European languages, and many other language families, allow for all such meanings to be expressed using a single particle.

Core Questions and Objectives:

The workshop will explore and help understand the diachronic implication relations in the grammatical system of logical expressions (of coordination, quantification and interrogation) encoded with identical morphemes.

We aim to shed light on the synchronic account of early grammars of scalarity, polarity, quantification and coordination. The primary empirical focus is on, but not in any way restricted to, Indo-European. The workshop will explore a diachronic syntactic-semantic model of IE grammar and morpho-semantic change, with special reference to logical meanings. In addition, we seek to account for typological patterns of quantifier particles and integrating such an account with the diachronic pathways of change.

The Interdisciplinary Methodology and Potential:

The workshop will provide a platform for methodological merging of the various approaches to understanding the synchronic and diachronic status of function morphemes encoding quantificational and coordination meanings (in IE).

One desideratum of the conference is the pursuit and scrutiny of research programmes (e.g., Szabolcsi 2015; Mitrovic & Sauerland 2014, 2016; Slade 2011; Kratzer & Shimoyama 2002, int. al.) which assume that rather than constituting separate or even homophonous categories of conjunction and quantification, the meanings underlying the conjunctive morphemes represent a truly coherent subcategories within the general particle system, despite their prima facie independence.


The overall objective of the proposed session lies in demarcating the range of meanings (such as focus, negative polarity, free choice, coordination, etc.) underlying these particles and elucidating on their logical connection which may, or may not, restrict the space of possible change.

Further Information:

The full workshop proposal may be accessed here:

Should you have questions, pertaining to any aspect of this call, please do not hesitate to contact Moreno Mitrovic (
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 27.3741

This is a session of the following meeting:
International Conference on Historical Linguistics 23

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