Presentation of the workshop

The University of Lyon 2 is proud to host 'Triggers of Language Change in the Language Sciences'.

October 11th-13th 2017, University of Lyon, France.

The conference is part of the "X in the Language Sciences" (XLanS) series which aims to bring a wide range of researchers together to focus on a particular topic in language that interests them.  The goal is to identify the crucial issues and connect them with cutting-edge techniques in order to develop better explanations of linguistic phenomena (see details of the first XLanS conference here).

This year's topic is 'triggers of change':  What causes a sound system or lexicon or grammatical system to change?  How can we explain rapid changes followed by periods of stability?  Can we predict the direction and rate of change according to external influences?

We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships to cover travel for students from the developing world and reduced rates for lower-income attendees.  See the Registration Details page for details.

Important dates

Deadline for abstracts: 1st June Deadline extended to 14th June, 2017, Midnight (France)
Notification of acceptance: July 1st, 2017

Deadline for registration: October 1st, 2017
Conference: October 11th-13th, 2017


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The conference is sponsored by the Labex ASLAN, the Institut Rhônalpin des Systèmes Complexes (IXXI) and the University of Lyon 2.


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