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45th Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM) 17-19 September 2015, Poznań, Poland

Zehentner, Eva: On competition and constructionalisation in Middle English ditransitives


48th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europeae (SLE) 2-5 September 2015, Leiden, Netherlands

Zehentner, Eva: On the competition between inflections and prepositions in Middle English ditransitives


22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) 27-31 July 2015, Naples, Italy

Zehentner, Eva: On argument structure changes in Middle English ditransitives (Workshop 'The diachrony of valence: changes in argument structure')


13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC) 20-26 July 2015, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Zehentner, Eva: Constructionalisation, competition, and the case of Middle English ditransitives




SLE 47 (Societas Linguistica Europeae): 11-14 September 2014, Poznań, Poland

Zehentner, Eva: Of robbing, concealing, and violating: semantic specialisation and the case of Middle English ditransitives

Hofmann, Klaus: I insist that light be shed on the matter. On the curious re-emergence of the mandative subjunctive in English.

Ritt, Nikolaus (joint presentation with Christina Prömer): Middle English coda phonotactics, schwa loss and past tense formation


3rd conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) 24-27 August, 2014, Zurich, Switzerland

Zehentner, Eva: Evolutionary pragmatics, subjectification and verbs like to worry or to cope (with)


18th International Conference of English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL) 14-18 July 2014, Leuven, Belgium

Zehentner, Eva: On privative verbs and the double object construction in Middle English

Ritt, Nikolaus: The spread of (in)definiteness mark­ing in Early English: Reconstructing category emergence in the lab (Paper in collaboration with Elnora Ten Wolde (University of Vienna), Olga Feher and Kenny Smith (University of Edinburgh))


35th ICAME conference 30 April - 4 May 2014, Nottingham, UK

Zehentner, Eva: From phrase to clause: on present participle and verbal noun in Middle Scots (joint winner of the John Sinclair bursary)


EVOLANG X (10th International Conference on the Evolution of Language): EvoMus Workshop, 14 - 17 April, Vienna, Austria

Baumann, Andreas: Rhythm-driven evolutionary dynamics of lexical stress in natural languages. EvoMus Workshop

Baumann, Andreas & Ritt, Nikolaus: Evolutionary linguistics and historical language studies - Workshop at EVOLANG X




SLE 46 (Societas Linguistica Europeae): 18 - 21 September, Split, Croatia

Zehentner, Eva: Polysemous constructions: An account of ditransitives in Middle English


PLM (44th Poznan Linguistic Meeting): 29 August - 1 September, Poznan, Poland

Zehentner, Eva: From phrase to clause(-like): on the history of non-finites in Middle Scots


ICHL 21 (International Conference on Historical Linguistics): 5 - 9 August, Oslo, Norway

Baumann, Andreas: When uniform stress placement collapsed: the history of English word stress told by Evolutionary Game Theory.

Zehentner, Eva: On the history of the dative alternation in English


ICOME 8 (International Conference on Middle English): 2 - 4 May, Murcia, Spain

Zehentner, Eva: -and vs. -ing: Present participle and verbal noun in Middle Scots


Ways to Protolanguage 3: 23 - 24 May, Wroclaw, Poland

Baumann, Andreas: Eco-evolutionary dynamics of linguistic replicators




Memetics Workshop: 7 December, Vienna, Austria

Baumann, Andreas: Grammaticalizing to death: evolutionary suicide of OE/ME case markers.

Kazmierski, Kamil: The replacement of length by tenseness has been a memetic process.

Ritt, Nikolaus: Subjectification from a memetic point of view.

Sommerer, Lotte: Some thoughts on some: conceptualizing a quantifier in memetic terms.

Zehentner, Eva: By writing (of) a letter - on the evolution of the gerund.


Workshop on Cognitive Mechanisms and Cultural Processes in Evolutionary Linguistics: 28 - 29 November, Paris, France

Sommerer, Lotte: Category emergence and the development of articles in Old English.


ÖSKL (Österreichische Studierendenkonferenz): 16 - 18 November, Vienna, Austria

Zehentner, Eva: The ‘co-evolution’ of present participle and verbal noun in Middle Scots.


OELT 39 (Österreichische Linguistiktagung): 26 - 28 October, Innsbruck, Austria

Baumann, Andreas: Grammatikalisierung, Optimierung und Unidirektionalität.

Zehentner, Eva: The gerund in Middle Scots.


PLM (43rd Poznan Linguistic Meeting): 8 - 10 September, Poznan, Poland

Baumann, Andreas: Struggle for rhythm: an evolutionary approach to stress assignment.

Kazmierski, Kamil: Exaptation in the history of the English vowel system: What it really means to take a Darwinian view of language evolution.

Ritt, Nikolaus: Boundary phonotactics, productivity and historical stability: -hood vs. -dom.

Zehentner, Eva: -AND vs. -ING: present participle and verbal noun in Middle Scots (poster presented).


SLE 45 (Societa Linguistica Europaea): 29 - 1 September, Stockholm, Sweden

Ritt, Nikolaus: The “Celtic Hypothesis": evidence and ideology.

Sommerer, Lotte: A constructional perspective on the development of the indefinite article in English.


ICEHL 17: 20 - 25 August, Zurich, Switzerland

Kazmierski, Kamil: Has English become a vowel shifting language, and if so why?

Sommerer, Lotte: Revisiting the dem poss construction: the co-occurrence of determinatives in the OE NP.

Ritt, Nikolaus & Zehentner, Eva: Subjectification and verbs of the type to cope (with).


NRG 5 (New Reflections on Grammaticalization): 16 - 19 July, Edinburgh, Scotland

Baumann, Andreas: Grammaticalization and evolutionary optimization.


Zweiter Workshop "Sprachwissenschaftliche Dissertationsprojekte der Wiener Germanistik": 16 - 1 March, Vienna, Austria

Baumann, Andreas: Grammatikalisierung als evolutionärer Optimierungsprozess.




NP2 (International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English. Synchronic and Diachronic Explorations): 15 - 16 September, Newcastle, UK.

Sommerer, Lotte: Why investigating article development can become a linguist’s nightmare: about categorization, gradualness and the fuzziness of grammar.


SLE 44 (Societa Linguistica Europaea): 8 - 11 September, Logrono, Spain

Baumann, Andreas & Ritt, Nikolaus: Lexical stress, game theory and utterance rhythm.

Kazmierski, Kamil: The ties between variation in vowel quality and duration.

Sommerer, Lotte: The influence of constructions in grammaticalization: revisiting category emergence and the development of the definite article in English.

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