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Upcoming Events

  • 26-27 April 2013 19th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-19) to be held at SUNY at Buffalo, NY. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars are invited to submit abstracts for 20-minute papers for presentation at GLAC-19. Papers may be on any linguistic or philological aspect of any Germanic language or dialect, including English (to the Early Modern period) and the extraterritorial varieties. Papers from any area of linguistics or philology and from any theoretical perspective are welcome. Authors may submit at most two abstracts. All abstracts will undergo anonymous review. Please submit abstracts online at: GLAC-19 abstract submission. Abstract submission deadline: January 15, 2013.
  • 22-27 July 2013 The 19th International Congress of Linguists will be held in Geneva, Switzerland in July 2013. CRLC associate member Claire Bowern will be running the historical session. The conference programme is here and further information about the historical session is here.
  • 5-9 August 2013 International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 21). Some key dates:
    • February 1, 2013: submission of abstracts
    • April 1, 2013: notification of acceptance
    • May 1st, 2013: probable deadline for registration
    Abstracts can be submitted via the conference EasyChair page. See the ICHL conference website for more details.

2012 Events

  • 24-25 February 2012 So, what is it then, this Grammaticalization? - Approaches to Refining the Notion Workshop at Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany, 24/25 February 2012. Organizers: Ferdinand von Mengden (FU Berlin) and Horst Simon (FU Berlin). Invited speakers: Ulrich Detges (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich), Brian D. Joseph (Ohio State University). Conference website:
  • 26-30 March, 2012 The Third International Seminar on Vedic Sanskrit will be held 26-30 March, 2012 at the University of Pavia. For further information email Prof. Silvia Luraghi, luraghi AT
  • 11-13 April 2012 The Ninth Creolistics Workshop will take place at Aarhus University (Aarhus, Denmark) April 11-13, 2012. This is an international conference on contact languages, including, but not limited to, pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, converted languages, and multi-ethnolects. The Second Aarhus University Symposium on Connections between Second Language Acquisition and Contact Language Development will be held in conjunction with CW9. The deadline for submitting abstracts is past, but persons interested in this conference can visit the website at and can get further information by emailing
  • 19 September 2012 5:30pm Book Launch with refreshments. Rachel Hendery 2012, Relative clauses in time and space: A case study in the methods of diachronic typology (Typological Studies in Language 101) Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Launched by Manuel Delicado Cantero

2011 Events

  • 25-30 July 2011 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics ICHL 2011, to be held at the National Museum of Ethnology (MINPAKU), Osaka, Japan. ICHL-2011 .

2010 Events

  • 27-28 January 2010 Critical Directions in Comparative Austronesian Studies. This workshop is scheduled for 27-28 January, 2010, in the Coombs building at ANU. Details and program can be found on the RSPAS website .
  • 30 April- 2May 2010 Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) 16 will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For more information, visit the conference website: GLAC-16 .
  • 28-30 May 2010 Variation and Change in Argument Realization workshop, organized by Jóhanna Barðdal (University of Bergen) and Michela Cennamo (University of Naples Federico II), will be held in Capri and Naples, Please visit the conference's website for more details.
  • 23-27 August 2010 16th International Conference in Historical English Linguistics (ICEHL-16) will be held at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Conference information can be found at: ICEHL-16 .
  • 2-5 September 2010 The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea conference is to be held at Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania. Conference website: SLE2010 .
    • Workshop: Subject and transitivity in Indo-European and beyond: A diachronic typological perspective. This workshop, organized by Leonid Kulikov (Leiden University) and Ilya Serzant (University of Bergen), is part of the 43rd Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-5 September 2010. Workshop information can be found at: transitivity.
    • Workshop: Partatives. This workshop, organized by Silvia Luraghi (Università di Pavia) and Tuomas Huumo (University of Tartu), is part of the 43rd Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-5 September 2010. Workshop information can be found at: partitives.
    • Workshop: Multiple source construction in language change This workshop, organized by Freek Van de Velde (University of Leuven / Research Foundation FWO), Lobke Ghesquière (University of Leuven / IAP), Hendrik De Smet (University of Leuven / Research Foundation FWO), is part of the 43rd Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-5 September 2010. Workshop information can be found at: Multi-source.

  • 11-13 November 2010 Grammaticalization and (Inter)Subjectification will be held in Brussels, Belgium. Conference website: GRAMIS2010 .

2009 Events

  • 26-28 August 2009 Historical Language and Literacy in the North Sea Area was held at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Conference webpage: HLLNSA2009.
  • 10-14 August 2009 The XIXth International Conference on Historical Linguistics was held at Radboud University Nijmegen, Centre for Language Studies. Conference webpage: ICHL-09.
  • 22-24 July 2009 The 11th Diachronic Generative Syntax meeting took place at the University of Campinas, Brazil. Conference webpage: DIGS11.
  • from 6 July to 13 August 2009 The 2009 Linguistic Institute was held in UCB, Berkeley, California. Many courses were offered that were of interest to the CRLC members. Conference webpage: LING-INST.
  • 1-5 July 2009 Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics International Conference, was held at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Conference website: MMECL.
  • 22-26 June 2009 The 11th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics was held in Aussois, France. Conference website: 11-ICAL.
  • 14-15 May 2009 Reconstructing alignment systems. Workshop held at the University of Bergen, Norway. Conference webpage: IECASTP.
  • 30 April-3 May 2009 Joint meetings of FGLS 8, GLAC 15, and SHEL 6. Banff, Alberta, Canada was the location of joint meetings of these three conferences:
      Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS 8)
      Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC 15)
      Studies in the History of the English Language (SHEL 6)

    Conference information: Banff-09.

2008 Events

  • 30 June-11 July 2008: LINGFEST 2008: A series of five linguistic events was held at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. More information is available on the conference website. Of particular interest to CRLC members was the workshop on historical linguistics held on the Friday (4th July) of the ALS meeting.


2007 Events

  • 26-28 September 2007: The ALS Annual Conference was held at the University of Adelaide on 26-28 September 2007, in conjunction with the Australex conference and the Indigenous Languages Conference.


2006 Events

  • July 9th, 2006: CRLC Workshop at Australian Linguistics Society meeting, University of Queensland: Grammatical change: theory and description. See more information here:


2005 Events

  • July 17-20, 2005: NRG3 Workshop: University of Santiago de Compostela Prototypes and Grammaticalization – Grammaticalization as Prototype? “Prototype” is a central notion in typology and cognitive linguistics, two disciplines closely related to grammaticalization theory in many respects. Yet there has been only sporadic reflection so far on the potential role of prototypes in grammaticalization research. Papers are invited on any topic that will elucidate the relationship between grammaticalization and the notion of prototype. Contributions may be theoretical or empirical (or both). Download the call for papers here: and Grammaticalization.doc
  • July 31-August 5, 2005: The 17th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL): University of Wisconsin, Madison Campus. The deadline for submission of abstracts for papers (20 min. + 10 min. for discussion) is March 1, 2005, and decisions will be emailed to authors by April 1. For additional details (including on travel, lodging and registration), please visit


2004 Events

  • May - August, 2004: The CRLC is now holding a lunchtime reading group on the last Monday of each month. Each month we discuss a couple of papers on related topics, such as grammaticalisation, linguistic areas, dialect geography etc. The reading group aims to stimulate discussion amongst scholars working on issues of language change at the ANU. For more information (and a program) see the latest edition of our newsletter:
  • July 13-15, 2004: CRLC Workshop at Australian Linguistics Society meeting, University of Sydney: Conflicting Traditions? Approaching Historical Linguistics from Different Perspectives. See more information here:


2003 Events

  • July 24-29, 2003: XVII International Congress of Linguists, Prague, Czech Republic including a session on comparative linguistics organised by Professor Lyle Campbell, Department of Linguistics, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • August 11-15, 2003: The XVIth International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL 2003), Copenhagen including a section on Aboriginal languages organised by William McGregor, University of Aarhus e-mail:
  • September 26-28, 2003: Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) meeting, Newcastle University, Australia. Note that the proposed workshop on the theme of “Language Contact and Language Change”, has been cancelled.
    The ALS Conference website is:
  • November 7-8, 2003: The Fifteenth Annual UCLA Indo-European Conference, University of California at Los Angeles. Papers on any aspect of Indo-European studies: Linguistics, archaeology, comparative mythology, culture are invited. Papers on both interdisciplinary and specific topics (e.g. typology, methodology, reconstruction, the relation of Indo-European to other language groups, the interpretation of material culture, etc.) are welcome. A period of twenty minutes will be allotted for each paper, followed by a ten-minute discussion period. Abstracts must be received by June 30, 2003.

2002 Events

October 1-4, 2002:

The Second Conference on the Archaeology and Linguistics of Australia (ARCLING II, 2002)was at the National Museum of Australia and Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Canberra.

The last decade has advanced our knowledge of Australian indigenous languages and the archaeological record, and has also seen an upsurge in hypotheses and controversies in prehistory, including linguistic prehistory. The time is ripe to assess the discoveries and theories, and to provide a forum for cross-fertilisation between Australian and world prehistory; and between the different disciplines which contribute to our overall understanding of prehistory. ARCLING II was planned for 2002 to bring together archaeologists, linguists and others to record progress made and map out the challenges we now face.

Details of the conference

Contact: Dr. Patrick McConvell, Convener, Planning Committee Phone: 02-62461116; E-mail:

8th—11th January, 2002: The 9th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (9ICAL) was held by the Department of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, in Canberra.The papers presented at 9ICAL covered a broad range of topics concerning Austronesian languages. Keynote speakers were Dr. Frank LichtenberkThe possessive-benefactive connection” and Dr. Bambang Kaswanti PurwoBitransitive Verbs in some Austronesian Languages


Dr.Miriam van Staden and Professor Gunter SenftMultiverb and Serial Verb Constructions in Austronesian Languages”

Dr.Anna Margetts and Dr. Jae Jung Song “Benefactives in Oceanic Languages”

•Dr. Cecilia Odé “Basics for the experimental phonetic study of intonation in the field.With examples from AN (Indonesian, Local Bird’s Head Malay (West Papua) and NAN (Mpur, tone language, Northeastern Bird’s Head) languages.”

14th and 16th January, 2002: The 5th International Conference On Oceanic Languages (COOL5) was also hosted by the Department of Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, in Canberra, ANU. Papers specifically addressed Oceanic languages, and keynote address was presented by Dr. Jean-Claude Rivierre and Dr. Françoise Ozanne-RivierreVerbal compounds and ‘classifying’ verbal prefixes in the languages of New-Caledonia”.

2001 Events

20th August, 2001: CRLC Launch. The Centre for Research on Language Change was officially launched by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian Chubb, at the Australian National University. Guest Speaker Professor Alice C. Harris, Professor of Linguistics and Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages, Vanderbilt University, presented a lecture entitled 'Words within words'.

Professor Harris is a specialist in the Caucasus (or Transcaucasia) in the former U.S.S.R. and in historical linguistics. and iswell known in the world of historical linguistics as the co-author of an advanced textbook on historical syntax:

Harris, Alice C. and Lyle Campbell, 1995. Historical syntax in cross-linguistic perspective. Cambridge: University Press.

August 12th—18th, 2001: The 15th International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL) was held for the first time in Australia—hosted by La Trobe University, Melbourne.

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