The workshop was organized by Bernhard Wälchli (Stockholm University) and Francesca Di Garbo (Helsinki University).

Programme, with selected presentations available for download

Invited speakers:

Jenny Audring, Greville Corbett, Matthew Dryer & Lea Brown, Michael Dunn, Ines Fiedler, Tom Güldemann, Johanna Nichols.

Speakers from Stockholm:

Östen Dahl, Eva Lindström, Bruno Olsson (now Singapore), Bernhard Wälchli.

Speakers from Helsinki:

Francesca Di Garbo, Don Killian, Matti Miestamo, Kaius Sinnemäki.

The workshop addresses the topic of grammatical gender and complexity from different perspectives, among which:

  • Gender complexity and canonical gender: To which extent can the notion of canonical gender be operationalized in the study of gender complexity?
  • Measurability of gender complexity: what are the dimensions of gender complexity? How to elaborate a complexity metric for gender for the purpose of cross-linguistic comparison? What quantitative methods can be used to explore gender complexity cross-linguistically?
  • Gender complexity and stability: How does the stability of gender systems relate to their grammatical complexity? How complex are incipient gender systems?
  • Typologically rare gender systems and complexity: How do instances of typologically rare gender systems relate to complexity? Are gender systems of languages with dual classification systems, such as Mian (New Guinea, Fedden 2011), where grammatical gender coexists with nominal classifiers, particularly complex? Are there complexity trade-offs?

Registration to the workshop is free of charge, but compulsory. If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill in our registration form. Please notice that, due to space limitations, registration will be closed as soon as we have reached the maximum number of attendees that can be hosted in the workshop venue (Stockholm University, Södra Huset C307). REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

Programme, with selected presentations available for download