The Linguistic Association of Finland is organizing a symposium on

Approaches to Historical Syntax

to be held at the University of Joensuu Mekrijärvi Research Station, September 19-22, 2002.

The symposium will bring together scholars interested in problems relating to historical syntax. We invite papers and posters dealing with particular language(s) as well as papers taking a crosslinguistic perspective. Suggested themes include changes in argument structure, grammaticalization in historical syntax, and the role of corpora and quantitative analysis in the study of historical syntax. Other topics relating to historical syntax are also welcome.

Invited speakers:



The deadline for submission of abstracts (in English; max 500 words) is May 30, 2002. Please indicate on the abstract whether your presentation is intended as a paper or a poster. Please submit your abstract by e-mail to the following address The abstract should be included in the body of the message. E-mail submissions are strongly recommended. If, however, you send your abstract by ordinary mail, please provide an e-mail address as a contact address.

Participants will be notified about acceptance by June 14, 2002. The accepted abstracts will be published on the web page of the symposium.


The deadline for registration for all participants is June 30, 2002. Register by e-mail to the address

Registration fees:

Send your payment by giro account no 800013-1424850 to The Linguistic Association of Finland (SKY)/Symposium. For participants coming from abroad we recommend payment in cash upon arrival. However, it is possible to pay via Eurogiro or SWIFT to our account (International Bank Account Number FI808000131424850) with Sampo Bank plc, Helsinki, Finland. SWIFT-address: PSPBFIHH; Telex 121 698 pgiro sf.


The symposium takes place at the University of Joensuu Mekrijärvi Research Station in North Karelia, close to the Russian border. For more information about the Mekrijärvi Research Station and its surroundings, please visit the Station's web pages. Transportation from Joensuu to Mekrijärvi and back will be arranged by the organizers.


An accommodation fee of EUR 117 will cover 3 nights' full board and lodging at Mekrijärvi from Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon (accommodation fee to be paid upon arrival). The academic programme of the symposium will run from Friday morning till Sunday afternoon.

For further information, please contact

The organizing committee: