Explaining Linguistic Universals:

Historical Convergence and Universal Grammar

University of California, Berkeley

Friday, March 7, 2003, 3335 Dwinelle Hall

3:30   
 
Andrew Garrett
UC Berkeley
The evolution of paradigm leveling: Analogy vs. uniformity
4:30
 
Adam Albright
UC Santa Cruz
Deriving general tendencies and language particulars in analogical change
5:30
 
Break
5:45
 
Juliette Blevins
UC Berkeley
Consonant epenthesis: Natural and unnatural history (abstract)

Saturday, March 8, 2003, 370 Dwinelle Hall

Morning session
9:00
 
Coffee
9:30
 
Joan Bybee
University of New Mexico
Diachronic explanations for substantive and formal universals (abstract)
10:30
 
Break
10:45
 
Martin Haspelmath
MPI, Leipzig
Creating economical morphosyntactic patterns in language change (abstract)
11:45
 
Alice Harris
SUNY at Stony Brook
On the explanation of typologically unusual structures

Afternoon session
2:00
 
Paul Kiparsky
Stanford University
Universals constrain change; change produces pseudo-universals
3:00
 
Break
3:15
 
Anthony Kroch
University of Pennsylvania 
Imperfect learning and language change (abstract)
4:15
 
John Whitman
Cornell University
Syntax and grammaticalization (abstract)
5:15
 
Break
5:45-
6:30
Commentary and general discussion