Clitics in the Languages of Europe

Clitics in the Languages of Europe

Clitics in the Languages of Europe

Clitics in the Languages of Europe


"..., this is a valuable book,... Van Riemsdijk and the entire EUROTYP working group are to be congratulated on a monumental achievment." (Catherine Rudin, Linguistics 39/2003)


The present volume is one of a series of nine volumes in which the results of the European research project "Typology of Languages in Europe" (EUROTYP) are published. the initiative for a European project on language typology came from a proposal jointly submitted to the European Science Foundation (ESF) by Johannes Bechert (University of Bremen), Claude Buridant (University of Strasbourg), Martin Harris (University of Salford, now University of Manchester) and Paolo Ramat (University of Pavia).

On the basis of this proposal and following consultations with six experts the Standing Committee for the Humanities of the esf decided to organize a workshop (Rome, January 1988), in which this idea was further explored and developed. the results of this workshop (published by Mouton, 1990) were sufficiently encouraging for the Standing Committee to appoint a preparatory committee and entrust it with the tasks of drawing up a preliminary proposal, of securing interest and participation from a sufficiently large number of scholars and of finding a suitable programme director. the project proposal formulated and sent out by Simon Dik (University of Amsterdam) as chair of this committee met with very supportive and enthusiastic reactions, so that the Standing Committee for the Humanities recommended the funding of a planning stage and the General Assembly of the esf approved a year zero (1989) for an esf Programme in Language Typology.

During this planning phase all major decisions concerning the management structure and the organisation of the work were taken, i.e., the selection of a programme director, the selection of nine focal areas around which the research was to be organized, the selection of a theme coordinator for each theme and the selection of the advisory committee.

The first task of the programme director was to draw up a definitive project proposal, which was supplemented with individual proposals for each theme formulated by the theme coordinators, and this new proposal became the basis of a decision by the esf to fund the Programme for a period of five years (1990–1994).

Language typology is the study of regularities, patterns and limits in cross-linguistic variation. the major goal of eurotyp was to study the patterns and limits of variation in nine focal areas: pragmatic organiza-

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