What is FoDS about?
FoDS stands for Fo[rmal] D[iachronic] S[emantics] and is to be understood as a scientific initiative bringing together scholars working on the semantics and pragmatics of diachronic changes in natural languages from a formal perspective. The first official FoDS conference was organized by Regine Eckardt in Konstanz (Germany).
A brief history of FoDS and related events
FoDS emerged out of several activities of the informal interest group in formal diachronic semantics. These activities include organizing a series of the following workshops:
- 2013: Systematic Semantic Change, University of Texas at Austin (USA) [Call for Papers];
- 2014: Formal Theories of Meaning Change (workshop at the conference ‘Sinn und Bedeutung’), University of Göttingen (Germany);
- 2015: Patterns and Models of Semantic Change organized by Cleo Condoravdi & Ashwini Deo (workshop at the conference ’22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics’), University of Naples (Italy);
- 2015: Habituality and Genericity in Flux organized by Nora Boneh & Łukasz Jędrzejowski (workshop at the conference ’22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics’), University of Naples (Italy);
- 2017: Meaning in Flux: Connecting Development, Variation, and Change, Yale University (USA).
So far we have planned the next FoDS conferences as follows:
- University of Konstanz (Germany) – September 12 – 14, 2016 – Organizer: Regine Eckardt – Schedule
- Saarland University (Germany) – November 20 – 21, 2017 – Organizers: Remus Gergel, Martin Kopf-Giammanco & Jonathan Watkins – CfP – Schedule – Homepage - Poster – Flyer
- University of Oslo (Norway) – Organizer: Dag Trygve Truslew Haug & Patrick G. Grosz – CfP – Schedule – Homepage
- University of Cologne (Germany) – Organizer: Łukasz Jędrzejowski – CfP – Schedule – Homepage
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) – Organizer: Nora Boneh – CfP – Schedule – Homepage
FoDS IV - University of Cologne
FoDS IV will take place at the University of Cologne, either in October or in November of 2019. More information will follow in 2018.
Local organizers of FoDS IV:
- Klaus von Heusinger
- Stefan Hinterwimmer
- Łukasz Jędrzejowski (main organizer and contact person)
- Carla Umbach
- Andrea Beltrama (University of Konstanz, Germany)
- Nora Boneh (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
- Cleo Condoravdi (Stanford University)
- Ashwini Deo (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
- Regine Eckardt (University of Konstanz, Germany)
- Hana Filip (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany)
- Kai von Fintel (MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA)
- Remus Gergel (Saarland University, Germany)
- Chiara Gianollo (University of Bologna, Italy)
- Daniel Gutzmann (University of Cologne, Germany)
- Dag T.T. Haug (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Klaus von Heusinger (University of Cologne, Germany)
- Stefan Hinterwimmer (University of Cologne, Germany)
- Laurence R. Horn (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
- Łukasz Jędrzejowski (University of Cologne, Germany)
- Clemens Mayr (ZAS, Berlin, Germany)
- Stephanie Solt (ZAS, Berlin, Germany)
- Carla Umbach (University of Cologne & ZAS, Berlin, Germany)
- Igor Yanovich (University of Tübingen, Germany)
- Hedde Zeijlstra (University of Göttingen, Germany)
- Beck, Sigrid & Remus Gergel (2015): The diachronic semantics of English again, in: Natural Language Semantics 23(3): 157-203.
- Bell, Melanie J. & Martin Schäfer (2016): Modelling semantic transparency, in: Morphology 26(2): 157-199.
- Condoravdi, Cleo & Ashwini Deo (2015): Aspect shifts in Indo-Aryan and trajectories of semantic change, in: Language Change at the Syntax Semantics Interface (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 278) ed. by Chiara Gianollo, Agnes Jäger & Doris Penka, 261-292. Berlin: de Gruyter.
- Deo, Ashwini (2014): Formal semantics/pragmatics and language change, in: The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics ed. by Claire Bowern & Bethwyn Evans, 393-409. Oxford: Routledge.
- Deo, Ashwini (2015a): The semantic and pragmatic underpinnings of grammaticalization paths: The progressive to imperfective shift, in: Semantics and Pragmatics 8(14): 1-52 [online publication].
- Deo, Ashwini (2015b): Diachronic semantics, in: Annual Review of Linguistics 1: 179-197.
- Eckardt, Regine (2006): Meaning Change in Grammaticalization: An Enquiry into Semantic Reanalysis. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Enke, Dankmar, Roland Mühlenbernd & Igor Yanovich (2016): The emergence of the progressive to imperfective diachronic cycle in reinforcement-learning agents, in: The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11) ed. by Sean Roberts, Christine Cuskley, Luke McCrohon, Lluís Barceló-Coblijn, Olga Fehér & Tessa Verhoef [online publication].
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- Yanovich, Igor (2013a): Four Pieces for Modality, Context and Usage. PhD thesis, MIT.
- Yanovich, Igor (2013b): Invariantist might and modal meaning change. A reply to Braun (2012), in: Linguistics and Philosophy 36(2): 175-180.
- Yanovich, Igor (2016a): Genetic drift explains Sapir’s “drift” in semantic change, in: The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANG11) ed. by Sean Roberts, Christine Cuskley, Luke McCrohon, Lluís Barceló-Coblijn, Olga Fehér & Tessa Verhoef [online publication].
- Yanovich, Igor (2017b): Old English *motan, variable-force modality, and the presupposition of inevitable actualization, in: Language 92(3): 489-521.
- Yanovich, Igor (2017): May under verbs of hoping: Evolution of the modal system in the complements of hoping verbs in Early Modern English, in: Modality across Syntactic Categories ed. by Ana Arregui, María Luisa Rivero & Andrés Salanova, 132-153. Oxford: Oxford University Press.