Paper abstracts for Variation, contact, and modal constructions in English

Invited speaker, Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh): On the structure of the language network: evidence from variation and change in some English mirative constructions (Abstract TBC)

Nadine Dietrich (University of Edinburgh): Explaining specialisation and cross-meaning competition: the case of ‘command’ and ‘epistemic’ WILL and MUST

 Mingya Liu & Stephanie Rotter (Humboldt University of Berlin): An experimental study of multiple modals and register effects in American and British English

Debra Ziegeler (University of Montpellier & Sorbonne-Nouvelle), Alessandro Basile (University of Paris Cité) & Christophe Lenoble (University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle):Retentionism and contact English varieties: the case of BE HAVING TO

 Leela Azorin (University of Aix-Marseille & Paris-Cité):Breaking free from the BE going to/gonna dichotomy: a preliminary study of variation in an emerging English modal

Ulrike Schneider (University of Mainz): What can can’t do that can can’t?: A diachronic analysis of the constructionhood of negated modals