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Full Title: 8th Days of Swiss Linguistics: Dynamics of Variation

Short Title: CHLING8
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 19-Jun-2014 - 21-Jun-2014
Contact: Robert Schikowski
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Meeting Description: From 19 to 21 June 2014, the 8th Days of Swiss Linguistics are going to take place at the University of Zurich under the heading of ‘Dynamics of Variation’.

Human language is characterised by extreme diversity, variation on the micro and macro levels, and constant change. One of the major questions of linguistics is what conditions this fluidity. Which factors determine diversification through time and space? How can diversity and variation be modelled theoretically? Are there general principles that unite all different forms of language?

These questions are central for a number of linguistic subdisciplines. Language-internal variation is the raison d'être for dialectology and sociolinguistics, and language typology investigates the structural diversity of the languages of the world. Psycholinguistics and evolutionary anthropology widen the perspective on synchronic and diachronic variation. In addition, recent technological developments have made it easy to store and analyse large amounts of data and thus get a grip on variation in practical terms. The conference aims at bringing together different approaches and methods for dealing with variation in individual languages and in general.

There will be two parallel sessions. While the first is dedicated to the conference topic ‘Dynamics of Variation’, the second has no restrictions and is open for all linguistic contributions.

Plenary Speakers:

Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Philipps-Universität Marburg)
Nicholas Evans (Australian National University, Canberra)
Shana Poplack (University of Ottawa)
Guido Seiler (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Brsg.)
Carel van Schaik (Universität Zürich)


Universität Zürich
Rämistrasse 71
8006 Zürich
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.2683

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