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Call for papers - LACIM 2024 International Conference

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Grammaticalization in Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia area

Paris, December 4-5, 2024

The second international conference organized by the European network on linguistics and languages of the Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia area (LACIM) will be held in Paris from 4 to 5 December, 2024. It will be dedicated to grammaticalization in Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia area.

LACIM is a European network of linguists engaged in research on the languages of Anatolia, the Caucasus, Iran and Mesopotamia. We are primarily interested in the interplay of contact and heritage that has shaped the region's current linguistic ecology, through millennia of interaction. As such, our research program transcends the boundaries of the different language families that are present in the region and pursues an interdisciplinary approach.


Grammaticalization is often defined as “ … a process which turns lexemes into grammatical formatives and makes grammatical formatives still more grammatical...". (Lehmann 2002 [1985]:ix). While grammaticalization is commonly viewed as a type of language change, its extent can vary across different studies and theoretical frameworks. Over the past four decades, research on grammaticalization has expanded to include various cross-linguistic theoretical perspectives (Lehmann 1985 [2015], Traugott and Heine 1991, Heine & Hünnemeyer 1991, Bybee et al. 1994, Newmeyer 1998, Haspelmath 1998, 1999, Bisang et al. 2004, Narrog & Heine 2011, Heiko & Heine 2018, Kuteva et al. 2019), as well as to deepen its language-specific description and analysis (Narrog & Heine 2018, Bisang & Malchukov 2020).

The primary aim of the current conference is to thoroughly explore the grammaticalization clines and sources in the languages of Anatolia-Caucasus-Iran-Mesopotamia from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives, with a particular emphasis on capturing the areal dimension as comprehensively as possible. Potential discussion topics may include, but are not limited to, the evolution of:

·       Adpositions into cases,

·       Verbs transforming into auxiliary verbs,

·       Information structure in regard with grammaticalization,

·       Differential object/subject marking,

·       Preverbs,

·       Determiners and pronouns,

·       Periphrastic constructions,

·       Relative clauses,

·       Subordinate clauses, etc.

Furthermore, proposals are encouraged on broader topics within the current study of grammaticalization that offer relevant empirical/analytical insights. These might include the inferences from frequency in the realm of the empirical turn in linguistics, or the delimitation between grammaticalization and other types of language change (e.g. reanalysis, metaphoric transfer, metonymic transfer etc.).


Proposals must:

·       contain at most 1000 words for 30 minute talks, examples included, references excluded,

·       be formatted as a PDF,

·       include (1) the proposal title and (2) three or four keywords describing the topics of the paper at the top of the proposal,

·       be in English or in French,

·       submitted via Linguist List at the following link: 

Submissions are limited to 1 individual and 1 joint abstract per author, or 2 joint abstracts per author.

Please direct questions/concerns to


Submission deadline: June 10, 2024 > extended to June 25, 2024

Notification of acceptance: July 25, 2024

ConferenceDecember 4-5, 2024

Organizing Committee

Victoria Khurshudyan, Inalco, SeDyL, CNRS, IRD

Matteo De Chiara, Inalco, CERMI, CNRS

Samuel Chakmakjian, Inalco, SeDyL, CNRS, IRD

Davide Scarfagna, Inalco, CERMI, CNRS

Milad Shariatmadari, Université Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, LATTICE, CNRS


Scientific Committee

Anaid Donabedian (Paris)

Geoffrey Haig (Bamberg)

Katherine Hodgson (Cambridge)

Cem Keskin (Postdam)

Geoffrey Khan (Cambridge)

Agnès Lenepveu-Hotz (Strasbourg)

Stefano Manfredi (Paris)

Pollet Samvelian (Paris)

Stavros Skopeteas (Göttingen)

Nina Sumbatova (Moscow)


Keynote speakers:

Timur Maisak, Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences



1.     Bisang, Walter and Malchukov, Andrej (eds.). 2020. Grammaticalization Scenarios from Europe and Asia, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, v. 1. 

2.     Bisang, Walter and Malchukov, Andrej (eds.). 2020. Grammaticalization Scenarios from Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, v. 2. 

3.     Bisang, Walter, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann & Björn Wiemer (eds.). 2004. What makes grammaticalization? A look from its components and its fringes. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

4.     Bybee, Joan, William Pagliuca & Revere D. Perkins. 1994. The evolution of grammar. Tense, aspect, and modality in the languages of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

5.     Givón, Talmy. 1979 [2018]. On understanding grammar [1979. Academic Press (revised edition). Benjamins.]

6.     Haspelmath, Martin. 1998. Does grammaticalization need reanalysis? Studies in Language 22. 315–351.

7.     Haspelmath, Martin. 1999. Why is grammaticalization irreversible? Linguistics, vol. 37, no. 6. pp. 1043-1068.

8.     Heiko Narrog & Bernd Heine (eds.). 2018. Grammaticalization from a typological perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

9.     Heine, Bernd, Ulrike Claudi &Friederike Hünnemeyer. 1991. Grammaticalization: A Conceptual Framework. University of Chicago Press.

10.   Kuteva, Tania, Bernd Heine, Bo Hong, Haiping Long, Heiko Narrog & Seongha Rhee. 2019. World, lexicon of grammaticalization (2nd revised edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

11.   Lehmann, Christian. 1985 [2015]. Grammaticalization: Synchronic variation and diachronic change. Lingua e Stile 20. 303-18. [3rd edition. (Classics in Linguistics 1). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7520796]

12.   Narrog, Heiko & Bernd Heine (eds.). 2011. The Oxford handbook of grammaticalization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

13.   Newmeyer, Frederick J. 1998. Language Form and Language Function. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

14.   Traugott, Elizabeth & Bernd, Heine (eds.). 1991. Approaches to Grammaticalization. V.1-2. Amsterdam: Benjamins.


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