Language in use meeting - 7 June (Room A. 107)

13u30 - 14u30: Hans-Jörg Schmid (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) - "The revised Entrenchement-and-Conventionalization Model and how it explains the emergence of the going-to future"

The Entrenchment-and-Conventionalization Model is a dynamic usage-based socio-cognitive model of language. It aims to explain how usage, cognitive processes in the minds of individ-uals and social processes in speech communities interact to shape and continually adapt linguistic structure, variation, and change. Developed over the last years (Schmid 2014, 2015, 2016), the model has lately been revised and extended substantially (Schmid in preparation).
In my talk I will present a brief overview of the main ideas of the Entrenchment-and-Conven-tionalization Model and then demonstrate its potential by applying it to the emergence and change of the going-to future. Numerous motivations and processes have been invoked to explain this change, e.g. metaphor and metonymy (e.g. Bybee 2015 and earlier), subjectification (Budts and Petré 2016, Langacker 2011, Traugott 2016), context-based inferences (Hopper and Traugott 2003), analogy (Hopper and Traugott 2003), reanalysis (Garrett 2012 and most of the sources already named), cotext-based constructional change and constructionalization (Fried 2013, Petré 2016, Traugott and Trousdale 2013), and extravagance (Petré 2016). My somewhat provocative claim will be that none of these extra motivations and mechanisms may strictly be required to explain the change, even though there is no denying that they may have supported it. Instead I try to show that we get surprisingly far by relying on general interpersonal activities in usage, on the strengthening of syntagmatic associations in the minds of speakers, and on the gradual syntagmaticalization of conventional utterance types in the speech community.

After the Language-in-use talk you are welcome to stay for an afternoon devoted to the Mind-Bending Grammars project.

14u30 - 17u: Syntactic change across the lifespan and between generations – the Mind-Bending Grammars project : a state of the union

14u30-14u50 : Introduction

15 min. break

15u05 - 16u20 : Project case studies (Talks by Peter Petré, Lynn Anthonissen, Will Standing & Odile Strik)

16u30-17u00 : Future goals & discussion

Participation is free, but please register your attendance by sending an email to before Tuesday the 5th of June.

The talk will take place in room A. 107. The entrance is in the garden of Hof van Liere, to the left of the entrance to the library.