LINGUIST List 10.1364

Thu Sep 16 1999

Calls: Contact Ling/New Interdisciplinary Journal

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  1. Alazne Landa Arevalillo, Seminar on Contact Linguistics within ESSE5-2000 - Last call for papers
  2. Peter Gutmann, Perspectives - Call for papers

Message 1: Seminar on Contact Linguistics within ESSE5-2000 - Last call for papers

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 02:41:35 +0200
From: Alazne Landa Arevalillo <>
Subject: Seminar on Contact Linguistics within ESSE5-2000 - Last call for papers

Call for papers

Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki

Fifth Meeting of the European Society for the Study of English 

Seminar on Contact Linguistics (Seminar 5 within ESSE5-2000 in Helsinki)

Convener: Alazne Landa (Universidad del Pa=EDs Vasco), 

It is only very rarely, if at all, that we find languages spoken in 
completely isolated environments. As a matter of fact, it is currently 
believed that around 75-80% of the earth's population are bilingual or 
multilingual. In other words, most languages in the world are spoken in 
some sort of contact situation or another. The linguistic impact of such 
a contact between languages is the object of study of contact 
linguistics.The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for the 
discussion of current research in contact linguistics, with special 
focus on (but not limited to) English in contact with other languages 
and English in contact with itself. Some of the topics that will be 
covered in the seminar include the following: Language/dialect contact 
on the threshold of twenty-first century Europe, language/dialect 
convergence and death, and other contact-induced linguistic changes and 
processes (synergy, borrowing, code-switching, code-shifting, loss of 
linguistic restrictions, pragmatic transfer, linguistic attrition, 
pidginization, creolization and decreolization), language/dialect 
formation, grammatical permeability, the grammar of contact Englishes 
and other contact languages, bilingual acquisition, =E9migr=E9 language 
acquisition, the acquisition and socio-linguistic status of minority 
languages, diglossia, language contact in the emergence and/or 
historical development of languages, etc. Papers dealing with the 
contribution of contact linguistics to the theory of language, genetic 
linguistics, and related linguistic disciplines are especially 

ESSE5-2000 will be held at the Centre Campus of the University of 
Helsinki, August 25-29, 2000. Those interested in participating in the 
Seminar on Contact Linguistics should send a one-page abstract (c. 200 
words) to the seminar convener (Alazne Landa by 15 
October, 1999.

Send your abstract by October 15, 1999 to:

Alazne Landa

University of the Basque Country

Facultad de Filologia y Geografia e Historia

Departamento de Filologia Inglesa y Alemana

Paseo de la Universidad, s/n, Apartado 2111

01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Tel. +34 (945) 01 39 30. Fax: +34 (945) 14 42 90;


For more information on ESSE5-2000 visit the conference homepage:
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Message 2: Perspectives - Call for papers

Date: Wed, 15 Sep 1999 14:08:17 +0200
From: Peter Gutmann <>
Subject: Perspectives - Call for papers

Call for Papers!!!

This new journal, published at Oxford Brookes University Humanities
Research Centre, addresses an international audience of post-graduate
students and scholars engaged in interdisciplinary work within the
Humanities. It is a bi-annual on-line publication, accompanied by a
(weekly updated) website for discussion and workshopping of ideas
(still under construction). The journal aims at creating a new
interdisciplinary community of people working beyond the limits of the
established split into disciplines. Thus, our concept of "The
Humanities" is an open one, it comprises the traditional Humanities as
easily as what has come to be called Social Sciences and other related
fields (and areas of interest).

We invite articles for our first issue: "Approaches Towards (Real)

This issue concentrates on the role of the researcher and our ideas of
what interdisciplinary work can or should be. Although the main focus
of the later issues will not be a methodological one, we are convinced
that there is, from time to time, a need to discuss interdisciplinary
methods and approaches without the limits of a 'subject-theme'.

Possible subjects for articles could be (but are by no means limited
to) the following:

 Is interdisciplinary work still possible after decades of
extreme specialisation?

 What are the advantages of interdisciplinary as opposed to
specialised approaches and how far can we go?

 Do we still understand each other or do we need a new language
for interdisciplinary work?

 If interdisciplinary approaches require concise knowledge in at
least two fields and hardly any scholar can cover alone all the fields
that are important to his or her work, do we need a new solidarity
within the community of researchers?

 How could university education be improved in terms of
interdisciplinarity - or would any interdisciplinary teaching model
necessarily mean a regression into mediaeval times?

 Working across boundaries means more freedom and more fun. 

Deadline for submission of accepted articles: 01 Oct. 99

We also invite articles for a non-themed issue ('everything goes') and
for an issue themed "Whatever happened to Postmodernism?- Foucault &
Co. in the 21st century." Deadline for both these issues: 01/03/2000.

Please send enquiries and proposals to the editors at:

More information can be found at: 

Peter Gutmann, MA
Bei der alten Furt 3
66539 Neunkirchen
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