LINGUIST List 13.2250

Mon Sep 9 2002

Calls: Slavic/Balkan Naylor Prize; Pragmatics

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  1. Brian Joseph, South Slavic/Balkan Ling:Naylor Prize Competition Reminder & Extension
  2. Donna Patrick, International Pragmatics Conference

Message 1: South Slavic/Balkan Ling:Naylor Prize Competition Reminder & Extension

Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 01:10:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: South Slavic/Balkan Ling:Naylor Prize Competition Reminder & Extension

To colleagues: Please note that the deadline has been extended to 
October 30.

ANNOUNCING -- The 2002 Competition for:
The Kenneth E. Naylor Young Scholar's Prize in South Slavic
and Balkan Linguistics
In memory of Kenneth E. Naylor, Balkanist and South Slavic
linguist par excellence, the Naylor Professorship in South Slavic
Linguistics in the Department of Slavic and East European
Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University
established in 1999 a prize of $500 for the best unpublished paper
by a young scholar on a topic in Balkan or South Slavic linguistics.
The third such competition is now officially open.

We thus solicit papers written in English by young scholars -
defined for this competition as an advanced graduate student (who
is beyond his/her first year of study) or someone who is no more
than three years beyond the awarding of the Ph.D. degree at the
time of submission -- that treats some topic either in Balkan
linguistics, taking a comparative approach and treating at least two
languages of Southeastern Europe, or in any of the South Slavic
languages on their own or in relation to the other languages of the

In order to be eligible, the submitted paper must be unpublished,
and not under consideration for publication at the time of
submission; however, papers that have appeared in an issue of a
"Working Papers" series are still eligible for consideration in the
competition. Those that have appeared in conference proceedings
volumes of any sort are not eligible, unless they are substantially
revised and/or expanded. Written versions of papers that have
been presented at a conference are eligible, as are papers based on
chapters of dissertations or M.A. theses (but not raw dissertation
chapters or M.A. theses themselves). In all cases, however, the
Committee will look for self-contained scholarly articles of
publishable quality that treat some relevant topic (as spelled out
above) in an interesting and insightful way, following any
appropriate approach (historical, synchronic, sociolinguistic, etc.)
and any theoretical framework.

Interested scholars should submit four copies of the paper along
with an abstract (no longer than 250 words) and a cover sheet with
the title of the paper, the author's name, affiliation, mailing
address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers, date of entrance
into an appropriate graduate program or of awarding of Ph.D. (as
the case may be), and US social security number, if the author has
one (having one, though, is not a requirement), to:

 Naylor Prize Competition
 Dept. of Slavic & East European Languages & Literatures
 232 Cunz Hall
 The Ohio State University
 Columbus, Ohio USA 43210-1215.

The deadline for receipt of the papers in the Department for this,
the third, competition is OCTOBER 30, 2002. The Screening
Committee, consisting of the Naylor Professor and former speakers
in the annual Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture series, expects
to make the announcement of the winner by January 30, 2003. The
winning paper will be published (after any necessary revisions) in
an issue of the journal Balkanistica. The Committee reserves the
right not to award the Prize in a given year.

Please address any inquiries to the Naylor Professor, Brian D.
Joseph, at the above address or via e-mail at

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Message 2: International Pragmatics Conference

Date: Mon, 9 Sep 2002 12:44:52 -0400
From: Donna Patrick <>
Subject: International Pragmatics Conference

Call: IPrA conference panel on indigenous languages

Abstracts are invited for the 8th International Pragmatics Conference,
Toronto, Canada, 13-18 July 2003 to contribute to the panel
"Indigenous language stability and change: Multilingualism and
political autonomy", organized by Donna Patrick, Brock University,
Canada (see abstract below).

For more details on the conference and panel submissions see

Please send your abstract by 15 October 2002 to Donna Patrick at or the Department of Applied Language
Studies, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada L2S 3A1. Please
state your full name, address and email address in the message. You
can also send your abstract directly to the IPrA Secretariat.

Indigenous language stability and change: Multilingualism and
political autonomy

This colloquium will explore the issue of indigenous language
stability and change in multilingual contexts, where aboriginal
languages are used and valued alongside other languages used in the
community. It will examine indigenous communities that are concerned
with the vitality and 'survival' of their own territory, language, and
way of life but, at the same time, are engaged in political, legal,
and other campaigns that require the use of 'modern' methods,
including a dominant state language. We will investigate how
multilingual resources are used to gain greater autonomy and control
over local institutions, land, and economic activities and the
consequences of these language practices for the 'survival' of
indigenous languages. We welcome papers that explore language
practices in the paradoxical situations in which many indigenous
groups around the world find themselves: trying to protect their
rights and to maintain their cultural and linguistic practices, but
needing to master a dominant state language in order to engage in the
modern political processes necessary to achieve these goals. Possible
topics include the problems of implementing language rights in
multilingual communities and of standardizing languages in these
contexts, the notion of linguistic hybridity, and the role and value
of dominant state languages in minority settings.
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