The fourth congress dedicated to linguistic variation in Romance (DIA-IV) will take place in September 2016 at the University of Zurich. After Gand (2010), Copenhagen (2012) and Naples (2014), it will be dedicated to the topic:

Rethinking linguistic variation



Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 15th November 2015
Notification of acceptance: 31st January 2016
Deadline for Registration (including payment of registration fees): 31st May 2016
Congress DIA-IV: from 12th of September 2016, 2pm, until 14th of September 2016, 12am.


Organisational Committee

Martin Glessgen / Johannes Kabatek / Elisabeth Stark / Harald Völker


Jean-Paul Chauveau (CNRS) : Formes et les sens dans les langues galloromanes: concurrence et changements dans le système lexical

Inés Fernández-Ordóñez (Madrid) : Tipos de variación sintáctica en el español rural y sus raíces diacrónicas

Cecilia Poletto (Venezia, Padua, Frankfurt) : L'etimologia come finestra sulla sintassi, evidenza empirica dai dialetti italiani

Guido Seiler (München) : Synchronie et diachronie - des dimensions révolues ?

Scientific Committee

Gaetano Berruto (Torino), Mónica Castillo Lluch (Lausanne), Massimo Cerutti (Torino), Wolfgang Dahmen (Jena), Federica Diémoz (Neuchâtel), Andreas Dufter (München), Françoise Gadet (Paris Ouest), Pascale Haderman (Gent), Andres Kristol (Neuchâtel), Jan Lindschouw (København), Araceli Lopez Serena (Sevilla), Michele Loporcaro (Zürich), Lorenza Mondada (Basel), Josane Oliveira (Salvador), Bruno Moretti (Bern), Lene Schøsler (København), Rosanna Sornicola (Napoli), David Trotter † (Aberystwyth), Marieke Van Acker (Gent), Rika Van Deyck (Gent), Maria Antonia Martín Zorraquino (Zaragoza)

Rethinking linguistic variation

The theoretical discussion is traditionally well developed in all domains of grammatical research. On the other hand, empirical studies relating to linguistic variation are often confined to a more or less profound description of findings and heterogeneous in their nature.

A query into theoretical implications of new findings or even into conceptual approaches to linguistic variation is, however, often missing.

The studies on variation following the tradition of Flydal and Coseriu which is often applied within the DIA network, are using a common terminological inventory (such as variety, diachrony, diatopy, diastraty, diaphasy, immediate-distance, level, register, genre, discourse traditions), but no explicit consensus regarding to the accurate boundaries of those terms, their interdependency or their actual theoretical reach can be made out. Variationist linguistics therefore too often presents itself as a field dominated by empirical research and not focused on theory.

The DIA network has been committed to compensating for these shortcomings and to better encompass the theoretical foundations of variationist linguistics since its existence, even though more traditional approaches continue to be linger. Thus, the time has come to rethink the terminological and theoretical basis of variationist linguistics. The DIA-IV colloquium wishes to contribute to an epistemological renewal, and aims at surpassing the different traditions while considering the rich empirical configurations present in Romance.