The 45th Annual Conference of the German Society of Linguistics (DGfS 2023) hosted a workshop on “Coexistence, competition and change: Structural borrowing and the dynamics of asymmetric language contact.” The workshop was organized by Hiwa Asadpour, Carolina Plaza Pust, and Manfred Sailer and is part of the activities of the initiative DALC (the Dynamics of Asymmetric Language Contact).
The workshop covered a number of very different language contact situtations, including the contact between sign-languages and spoken languages.
The workshop was not only organized by members of the IEAS, but also included two presentations and two posters by the organizers:
- Hiwa gave a presentation on “Flagging-drop typology and contact-induced change“. In this presentation, Hiwa looked at the occurrence of bare noun phrases as post-verbal TARGET arguments in typologically diverse languages Northwest Iran which have been in longterm contact. (slides)
- Hiwa was also involved in two posters: one on “Contact-induced change and structural variation in the passive constructions of Nayini” with Roohollah Mofidi (Qazvin), …
- … and one on “Contact-induced change and passivization in low-resourced languages of Iran“, with Soudabeh Eslami (Zanjan), Mansoureh Delaramifar (Sistan & Baluchestan) & Masoumeh Zarei (Tehran).
- Manfred presented joint work with Nicolas Lamoure (Frankfurt a.M.) on “Superlative “ever”: A cross-linguistic lexically anchored structural borrowing“, in which they adopt the analytic tools of Asadpour et al. 2022 to borrowing. (slides)
- DALC blog: https://blog.studiumdigitale.uni-frankfurt.de/dalc/
- DGfS 2023 webpage: https://dgfs2023.uni-koeln.de/en/
- Workshop program with links to the abstracts: https://blog.studiumdigitale.uni-frankfurt.de/dalc/preliminary-program/