LANGUAGE VARIATION AND CHANGE IN ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL EUROPE: Old & Middle English - Old High German - Old Norse - Old Romance - Ancient Greek


Workshop: Language Change in Indo-European

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019


Session 1



How constructions in the passive voice contribute instrumentally to controversy  

Eugene Green                                               

Boston University                                                     



Old English Verbs of Motion. Meaning Components and Argument Realization    

Sara Domínguez Barragán                                                    

University of La Rioja                                                          



Old English Adverbs: Extraction and Lemmatization with YCOE                          

Yosra Hamdoun Bghiyel                                                      

Universidad de La Rioja                                                       



11:00-11:15 Short Break



Session 2



The (pre-)history of the Old Norse adjectival article                                                

Alexander Pfaff                                                        

University of Oslo                                                    



Syntactic constraints on negative contracted verbs in early English and early High German                     

Isabella Greisinger                                                    

Universität Düsseldorf                                                          



Morphological simplification in the late Northumbrian dialect: the case of weak verbs class II                

Elisa Ramírez Pérez                                                  

Cardiff University                                                      



12:45-13:00 Short break 



Session 3



Aspectual projections in temporal and spatial PPs and inherent Case in Greek      

Manuel Español-Echevarría                                                  

Université Laval                                                         



Why do words change? The case of the terms for the upper limbs

in Greek and other Indo-European languages.                                                     

Iván Andrés-Alba                                                      

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid                                                   



Absolute constructions in Greek                                                      

Vassilios Spyropoulos                                               

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens                                                     



14:30-15:10 Light Lunch



Session 4



Reconstructing the syntax of PIE participles: Evidence from the periphrastic construction                       

Thanasis Giannaris & Nikolaos Pantelidis                                                   

National & Kapodistrian University of Athens                                                        



Gender-assignment as a marker of Differential Object Marking                                 

Letizia Vezzosi                                                          

University of Florence                                                          


16:10-16:40             [cancelled

The diachrony of psychological predicates in Portuguese: from zero to dative back to zero                       

Ana Regina Vaz Calindro                                                      

UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro                                                



16:40-17:00 Short break



Session 5



On VS in Hittite and beyond: methodological challenges                                        

Eugenio Goria                                               

Università di Torino                                                  



The RUKI-rule and the early Indo-Iranian-Uralic contacts                                     

Sampsa Holopainen                                                  

University of Helsinki                                               



Why we should not expect too much from computational-phylogenetic dates       

Igor Yanovich                                               

Universität Tübingen                                                 




18:30   Village excursion (Evening in a village)









The 4th Naxos Summer School on Language Variation and Change in Ancient and Medieval Europe (July 28 – August 3, 2019) will be organizing a workshop on “Language Change in Indo-European”, to be held on July 31, 2019.

Abstracts that approach change in Indo-European languages (from Proto-Indo-European to daughter languages, or in Indo-European branches) from any perspective are welcome, including: historical morpho-syntax, historical phonology, historical pragmatics, historical sociolinguistics.

The rich historical data of Indo-European languages offer a stable basis for the formation and validation of language change theories, and mainly for those analyzing the direction of change.

The idea of the workshop is to offer our summer schools participants as well as other scholars interested in a systematic study of change in Indo-European languages, the opportunity to present their ongoing research or the results of their studies on change and its directions in the Indo-European family. We encourage papers of both data- and theory-oriented approaches. Presentations will last 20 minutes, allowing 10 minutes for discussion.

The issues to be addressed in the workshop include the following topics:

(i) new perspectives on phonological or morpho-syntactic reconstruction of Proto-Indo-European;

(ii) new analyses of long-standing questions that concern, for instance, gender-animacy-number, diathesis-voice, cases and alignment, finiteness and non-finiteness, prepositions-postpositions-prefixes in Indo-European;

(iii) new approaches to the study of features (isoglosses) that are shared by more than one Indo-European branches;

(iv) new methods of analyzing the directions of (phonological/ morpho-syntactic/ lexical/ pragmatic) change in Indo-European;

(v) new trends in computational Indo-European linguistics (and computational cladistics).

Please email your 350-words (excluding references) abstract to Elly van Gelderen (, Alexander Bergs (, Nikolaos Lavidas (, by April 15, 2019.     Deadline Extension: May 10, 2019



Registration fee only for the workshop: 30 euros

Registration fee for summer school + workshop: 190 euros, it also covers the light lunches for the whole period of the summer school.



On abstract models: Participants may consult the following SLE and LSA webpages:



Elly van Gelderen, Alexander Bergs, Nikolaos Lavidas