Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft


Formal Diachronic Semantics FoDS 2016


University of Konstanz

September 12 - 14, 2016

Guest speaker: Dag T.T. Haug (Oslo)

Satellite event: Tutorial on Corpus Methods in Historical semantics




In recent years, formal semantic research has expanded its scope to historical linguistics. Formal studies in meaning change help to understand the structure of the space of possible denotations, restrictions on possible syntax-semantics interfaces and the division of labour between pragmatics and semantics in the constitution of meaning.


Call for papers


We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations addressing meaning change on basis of formal theories of semantics/pragmatics, including case studies, studies of trends and drifts as well as general formal theories of meaning change and corpus based research. Oral presentations will be scheduled for 40 minute slots (30 minutes talk + 10 minutes discussion).

Abstracts must be anonymous, in PDF format, 2 pages (A4 or letter), in a font size no less than 12pt. Please submit abstracts via EasyChair no later than June 30, 2016. 

For further information, please contact Regine Eckardt (



Important dates

Deadline for submission: June 30, 2016

Finalized program: July 24, 2016

Registration date: before September 1, 2016

Workshop: September: 12 - 14, 2016



Program committee:

Corien Bary (Radboud University, Nijimegen, Netherlands)

Andrea Beltrama (University of Chicago, USA)

Ashwini Deo (Yale university, New Haven, Connecticut, USA)

Roumyana Pencheva (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA)

Igor Yanovich (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Hedde Zeijlstra (Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany)