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SPCL 2011 Accra

Conference URL: http://www.uni-giessen.de/cms/spcl-accra

The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will meet in Accra, Ghana, from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 August 2011. In spite of the importance of Africa in the development of Atlantic Pidgins and Creoles, this is the first time that SPCL will meet in Africa. ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: The conference will focus on the structure, social aspects, educational and other pertinent issues of pidgins, creoles and other contact languages, as well as on the history of the discipline. The programme will consist of full papers, work-in-progress reports, as well as invited plenary talks on the history, sociolinguistics, and the structure of West African languages, including pidgins and creoles. The special conference theme is 'Traces of Contact': The languages traditionally defined as creoles and pidgins often form part of complex contact scenarios. Their phonology, grammar, and lexicon are influenced by the other languages that they are in contact with. This is the case in Suriname, where several creoles are in contact with each other, in Papua New Guinea, where Tok Pisin is in contact with the English lexifier superstrate, in Equatorial Guinea, where Pichi is influenced by the non-lexifier superstrate Spanish, and in Mauritius where the adstrate Bhojpuri plays a role, to mention only a few examples. Inherited substrate features also continue to influence the trajectory of creoles and pidgins. The study of these stratal forces can contribute to our understanding of the typological diversity of creoles and pidgins and help us tease apart external and internal forces of change in these languages. VENUE AND ACCOMMODATION: The meeting will be held on the verdant and spacious campus of the University of Ghana at Legon, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital Accra. Conference participants will be accommodated in comfortable, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms on campus (ca. US$45-50/single/night). Those who wish to stay in hotels will find many in nearby East Legon and we can also provide very basic shoestring accommodation in students' hostels on campus (from ca. US$5.50/night). For information on Ghana, visit the Ghana Tourism website: http://www.touringghana.com.

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Meeting Location:
Accra, Ghana

Contact Information:
Magnus Huber

Meeting Dates:
The SPCL 2011 Accra will be held from 02-Aug-2011 to 06-Aug-2011.

Abstract Submission Information:
Abstracts can be submitted from 15-Jan-2011 until 02-Mar-2011.

SPCL 2011 Accra, spcl-accra@anglistik.uni-giessen.de

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