Teach-in on using Lexical-Functional Grammar (LFG) in diachronic linguistics

Organiser names: Wayan Arka (wayan.arka@anu.edu.au) and Bethwyn Evans (bethwyn.evans@anu.edu.au)

Presenter names: Kersti Börjars, Louisa Sadler and Nigel Vincent

When: Saturday 6 July 2019, 9am to 5pm

Venue: Hedley Bull (HB 1).130 Garran Road, Acton ACT 2601

Registration via Eventbrite (please note limited places available)

Short description:

This teach-in is aimed largely at two audiences: (i) those interested in analysis of linguistic change but not yet familiar with LFG and (ii) those who are familiar with LFG, but not with how it can be used to analyse linguistic change. At the same time some of the material covered will be new and potentially of interest to those who already have some familiarity with work in both areas. The day will start with a choice of two sessions where participants can choose whichever best complements their background.

The course is free of charge. For students who need credits to transfer to their home institution, suitable assessment can be arranged. While the event is free, we'd appreciate contributions at the workshop towards the catering.



a) a brief introduction to LFG (Kersti Börjars)

b) an introduction to relevant aspects of linguistic change (Nigel Vincent)

10.45am-11am Break
11am-12pm The development of c-structure (Kersti Börjars)
12pm-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Functional and categorial change in the emergence of verbs (Louisa Sadler)
2pm-3pm comp and complementizers in change (Nigel Vincent)
3pm-3.15pm Break

Bring your data

An opportunity for participants to briefly describe a diachronic data set that particularly interests them and have a discussion of ways of approaching it within LFG.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University