Confs: Germanic, Morphology, Historical Linguistics, Syntax/Germany

Germanic Genitives

Date: 22-May-2014 – 24-May-2014
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact: Horst Simon
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Germanic
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Organisers: Tanja Ackermann, Horst Simon & Christian Zimmer (FU Berlin)

Invited Speakers:

Peter Gallmann (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
Alan Scott (University of Nottingham)

An obvious general tendency in many Germanic languages is gradual deflection everywhere in the grammatical system. For instance, we can observe a reduction in the number of cases; in this context it has often been predicted that the complete loss of the genitive is imminent. Indeed, a drastic decrease in the number of syntactic functions of the genitive has occurred. At the same time, in nearly all Germanic languages the genitive seems to be relatively stable morphologically. In fact, in some languages the genitive is the only case still overtly marked.

In this workshop we intend to focus on the dynamics of one specific cell in morphological paradigms: how is it filled (paradigmatic relations, allomorphy)? And what functions does it fulfill?

We aim to explore crosslinguistic similarities and dissimilarities regarding the synchrony and diachrony of genitives and the reasons behind them. Comparing the developments of this particular cell allows us to better understand the factors that determine linguistic variation.

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Thursday, May 22nd 2014

09.30 – 10.15
Kurt Braunmüller (Hamburg)
On Possession in Germanic

10.15 – 11.00
Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson & Þórhallur Eyþórsson (Reykjavík)
The fate of genitive case in Insular Scandinavian

11.30 – 12.15
Hjalmar P. Petersen (Faroe Islands) & Renata Szczepaniak (Hamburg)
The decline of the synthetic genitive and the grammaticalization of prepositional phrases as possessive constructions in Faroese

12.15 – 13.00
Caroline Döhmer (Luxembourg)
Die Kategorisierung des Genitivs im Luxemburgischen. Aktuelle Belege und terminologische Überlegungen

14.30 – 15.30
Alan K. Scott (Nottingham)
Genitive -s Omission in Modern German and Early Modern Dutch: A Contrastive Investigation into the Properties of Grammaticalisation in Progress

15.30 – 16.15
Christian Zimmer (FU Berlin)
Die Nutzung des Internet(s) – zur Einordnung und funktionalen Motivation s-loser Genitive im Gegenwartsdeutschen

16.45 – 17.30
Simone Ueberwasser (Zurich)
German Long and Short Genitive Endings and their Spacial Distribution

17.30 – 18.15
Dirk Pijpops & Freek Van De Velde (leuven)
In search of the function of the Dutch partitive genitive: a corpus analysis

18.15 – 19.00
John Ole Askedal (Oslo)
Germanic genitives from a historical and typological perspective

Friday, May 23rd 2014

09.00 – 09.45
Barbara Schlücker (FU Berlin)
Eigennamenkomposita und Genitive

09.45 – 10.30
Kristin Kopf (Mainz)
an des reichs rat and bey dem reichs rat: From genitive suffix to linking element

11.00 – 11.45
Jarich Hoekstra (Kiel)
Frisian Genitives

11.45 – 12.30
Kerstin Hoge (Oxford)
A Genitive Analysis of Yiddish Possessives

14.00 – 15.00
Peter Gallmann (Jena)
Genitiv und Wortgruppenflexion

15.00 – 15.45
Simone Peschke (Mainz)
Family names vs. place names. How semantic roles influence the pre- and prostnominal positioning of genitive attributes

16.15 – 17.00
Mirjam Schmuck (Mainz)
Personennamen in Genitivkonstruktionen – ein Motor für die Grammatikalisierung des onymischen Artikels?

17.00 – 17.45
Tanja Ackermann (FU Berlin)
Vom Genitiv zum Possessivmarker? – Adnominale Possessivkonstruktionen mit Eigennamen im Deutschen

Saturday, May 24th 2014

09.30 – 10.15
Tijs D’Hulster & Liisa Buelens (Ghent)
On the edge of acceptability: The Flemish External Possessor

10.15 – 11.00
Julia Kolkmann (Manchester) & Ingrid Lossius Falkum (Oslo)
Genitive semantics revisited: the case of English pre-nominal possessives

11.30 – 12.15
Simon Kasper (Marburg)
The genitive among other expressive strategies for adnominal possession in the German diasystem

12.15 – 13.00
Hans C. Boas, Marc Pierce, Ryan Dux & Adam Laborde (Austin)
The genitive in Texas German: Leveling , accommodation, and the influence of Standard German

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