LINGUIST List 11.1087

Fri May 12 2000

Calls: Semantics/pragmatics, Germanic languages

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  1. Dr K.M. Jaszczolt, Semantics and pragmatics conference at Cambridge
  2. Nicola McLelland, Germanic languages

Message 1: Semantics and pragmatics conference at Cambridge

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 14:11:55 +0100 (BST)
From: Dr K.M. Jaszczolt <>
Subject: Semantics and pragmatics conference at Cambridge

Second International Conference in Contrastive Semantics and Pragmatics,
Cambridge, UK, 11-13 September 2000: Call for Papers

This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting abstracts for this
conference is 31 May 2000. Please see

for more information.

Kasia Jaszczolt & Ken Turner
Conference organizers

Dr K. M. Jaszczolt
Department of Linguistics			Newnham College
Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages	Cambridge CB3 9DF
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge CB3 9DA

tel 01223 335744
fax 01223 335062

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Message 2: Germanic languages

Date: Fri, 12 May 2000 11:41:52 +0100 (BST)
From: Nicola McLelland <>
Subject: Germanic languages

Conference on the standardisation of the Germanic languages - 
Second Call for Papers

(please note that a booking form is now also available, either on the
conference website, or from me.


Conference on the standardisation of the Germanic languages
University of Sheffield, UK
4-7 January 2001

The emergence of a standard language is an experience common to all the
Germanic languages, but it occurred at very different times in different
places. By 1750 German can, by general agreement, be said to have achieved
written standardisation. By contrast Faroese was not standardised until the
late nineteenth century, and Luxemburgish is arguably still on the way.
Questions of language standardisation have often tended to be a national,
or at least language-specific, preoccupation, a tendency often reinforced
in recent research by scholars' own language-specific specialisations. By
focussing on issues of standardisation across all the Germanic languages,
this international conference seeks to promote awareness of standardisation
issues in a number of different, but related, languages, and so encourage
reflection on common, or perhaps universal aspects of language
standardisation processes.

Papers of 20 minutes' duration are invited on any aspect of language
standardisation in a Germanic language or languages. Possible topics
include the role of grammarians, writers, and institutions such as church,
state, or schools, as well as of particular regions in contributing to and
determining a standard; contemporary linguistic and metalinguistic
reflection on the nature or status of the language; debates on
standardisation; responses to problems such as the relationship between
spoken and written language, the relationship with other, competing
standard varieties, attitudes to loan vocabulary, etc. Papers with a
comparative approach are particularly welcome. The conference will take a
primarily historical perspective, but contributions related to ongoing
standardisation processes are also welcome. The language of the conference
is English, and it is intended to publish the papers on a dedicated website
following the conference.

Abstracts of not more than 300 words should be sent to the appropriate
organiser, as indicated below, by 31 May 2000. Please contact one of the
organisers as soon as possible to indicate your interest in the conference
and to be placed on the mailing list.

English and Scandinavian Languages

Dr Andrew Linn
Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
Sheffield S10 2TN
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 0216
Fax: +44 (0) 114 276 8251

Other Germanic Languages
Dr Nicola McLelland
Department of Germanic Studies
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 1 608 1894
Fax: +353 1 677 2694

Further information and the booking form will be available in due course.

Visit the conference web-site at:

Dr. Nicola McLelland
Dept. of Germanic Studies, Trinity College, Dublin 2, IRELAND
00 353 1 608 1894
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