LINGUIST List 12.968

Fri Apr 6 2001

Calls: Armenian Dialectology, Grammaticalization

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  1. Donna Christian, Armenian Dialectology
  2. Muriel Norde, Grammaticalization conference

Message 1: Armenian Dialectology

Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 15:00:13 -0400
From: Donna Christian <>
Subject: Armenian Dialectology


Armenian International Dialectology Conference

Summer institute in Armenian Dialectology

Anaid Donabedian, (Doctor in Linguistics, INALCO, Paris)
Bert Vaux (Professor of Linguistics, Harvard University)

Soci�t� des Etudes Arm�niennes (France)
Ministry of Culture of Karabagh
NK 2001 Festival
Association Internationale des Etudes Arm�niennes
Society of Armenian Studies

With subvention from:
Fondation des Fr�res Ghoukassiantz (Gen�ve)
Croix-Bleue des Arm�niens de France
(more pending)

Stepanakert, 11-12 ao�t 2001

Scientific Comittee / Comit� d'Organisation
Ana�d Donab�dian (INALCO, Paris) ; Bert Vaux (Harvard, USA); Jos
Weitenberg (Pays-Bas); Melada Aghabekian (Acad�mie des Sciences
d'Arm�nie) ; Agn�s Ouzounian (INALCO, Paris); M.... (Stepanakert)

- Armenian dialectology (linguistics)
- Ethnological, historical etc. topics, directly related with Armenian dialects
(See also Sumer University program for special round table topics)

April 25, 2001 : Deadline for the submission of abstracts (must not
exceed one page)
May 15, 2001 : Notification of abstract's approvals
June 15, 2001 : Deadline for fulfilling of final registration form with
partly payment.

Participation fees :
50 USD (Conference only)
180 $ (Conference + Summer Institute)
(don't include accomodation, see proposals below)

Contact :
Ana�d Donab�dian, Paris
Tel/Fax ++33 1 46 12 00 06 
Email :

Bert Vaux, Harvard
Email :

An exceptional opportunity to learn the Karabagh dialect on location!
Stepanakert, August 10-25, 2001

Historical and political conditions have made Karabagh one of the best
preservers of Armenian dialects. The Karabagh dialect is so different
from Standard Armenian (both Eastern and Western) that mutual
comprehension is difficult. This exceptional linguistic course, which
is preceded by an international conference on Armenian dialectology,
will validate the linguistic heritage of Karabagh and allow the
general public, alongside linguists and ethnographers, to learn on
location the varieties of Armenian that have engaged such eminent

The course is designed both for linguists and ethnographers and for
interested Armenian-speaking members of the general public from all
countries and all walks of life. (Minors however cannot be accepted
unless accompanied by an adult.)

Language of instruction
Armenian save for Professor Vaux's lectures, which will contain some
Armenian and some English.

-Introduction to the Karabagh dialects (10 hours per week)
-Introduction to Armenian dialectology (4 hours epr week)

-Bert Vaux (Harvard University)
-Melada Aghabekian (Armenian Academy of Sciences, Linguistic Institute)
-Local teachers will run small conversation classes (class size will not
exceed 15 students)

Village excursions and ethnographic events
Small vehicles will allow small groups to make free visits to nearby
villages, making it possible for participants to record linguistic and
ethnographic data in the field.

Cultural events
-Concert for the participants in the conference and the summer institute.
-August 15: participation in the blessing of the grapes at Gandzasar.
-Large banquet for participants in both sessions together.

Preregistration form
(please return as soon as possible)
First name
Phone #
Number of participants
approximate ages of participants:
under 18 (only if accompanied by an adult)

I wish to be put up:
-at a hotel
-with a local family

I give priority to:
-the best possible combination of the two


In May you will receive a circular containing the final program and
abstracts of the talks. You will be required to pay a deposit by June
15, 2001 in order to confirm your participation.
General program
Friday August 10: Travel from Erevan to Stepanakert
Leave Erevan by bus at 10 AM
Arrive in Stepanakert at around 6:30 PM
Registration of participants
Go to hotel or home of host family, according to choice indicated in

Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12
International conference on Armenian dialectology
(detailed program available on request)
Opening session, presided over by the minister of culture of the Republic
of Mountainous Karabagh
Artistic program
Plenary sessions (invited speakers: Gevork Jahukyan, Jos Weitenberg)
Parallel sessions

Monday August 13-Friday August 24
Summer Institute
Classes meet Monday-Friday 9 AM - 12 PM
-Grammar and conversation practice in Karabagh dialect: 135 minutes
-General introduction to Armenian dialectology: 45 minutes

Afternoons and weekends will be devoted to visiting villages by car or

Lodging options and costs
Participants must assume the following expenses (not including the cost
of makign their way to Erevan):
Registration fee: $180
(Covers participation in the course, coffee breaks, cultural events, and
the group trips between Erevan and Stepanakert.)
Lodging: $3-20 per night, depending on the type of lodging selected
(total cost: $54-360)
The least expensive hotel in Stepanakert (shower and bathroom on each
floor) costs $3 per night, and the most expensive $20 per night. Lodging
with a family will cost approximately $10 per night.
-Depending on when one arrives in Erevan, it may be necessary to procure
lodging there. High quality guest rooms at Erevan University cost $15-20
per night.

-Current political conditions allow one to travel to Karabagh without
difficulty or risk. If we learn of any changes in this situation, we
will be sure to inform you.
-The facilities in Stepanakert have improved, but are still relatively
limited. Detailed information concerning the amenities available for
each lodging option (such as hot water, public vs. private bathrooms)
will be made available in May, at which point participants will be
able to make their final registration.

Conditions on registration
Preregistration: In order to allow for the best possible organization of
the conference and institute, please return this form as soon as possible.
Preregistration is not binding.
Final registration and payment of deposit must be carried out by June 15.

Dr. Anaid Donabedian-Demopoulos
Responsable de la Section d'armenien
Institut National des LAngues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO)
2, rue de Lille
75343 PARIS CEDEX 07

january 1, 2001 :
7, villa Prevost
92120 Montrouge
Tel/Fax ++33 (0)1 46 12 00 06
email :
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Message 2: Grammaticalization conference

Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 12:18:42 +0200
From: Muriel Norde <>
Subject: Grammaticalization conference


The second international New Reflections on Grammaticalization conference 
will be held at the University of Amsterdam, April 4-6, 2002. Scholars are 
invited to submit abstracts for 40-minute papers (including 10 minute 
discussion time) on current topics in grammaticalization studies. Case 
studies examining the implications of particular data for theoretical 
issues are particularly welcome. Deadline for abstracts is NOVEMBER 1, 
2001. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by January 30, 2002.
Conference registration is 100 Euro until March 1, 2002. Late registration 
is 120 Euro.

For preliminary registration, send an e-mail message to the address below. 
If you wish to present a paper, please provide us with a provisional title. 
Once you have registered, you will receive the first circular containing 
information on conference themes, plenary speakers, submission of 
abstracts, travel to Amsterdam and accommodation. For more information you 
may also visit our website:

The organizing committee: Harry Perridon, Olga Fischer and Muriel Norde

Conference address:

Organizers of "Gramma2"
Scandinavian Department
University of Amsterdam
Spuistraat 134
1012 VB Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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