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LINGUIST List 17.1307

Fri Apr 28 2006

Calls: General Ling/South Africa;Historical Ling/France

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Kate van Gass, Cradle of Language Conference
        2.    Tobias Scheer, Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan

Message 1: Cradle of Language Conference
Date: 26-Apr-2006
From: Kate van Gass <clcsun.ac.za>
Subject: Cradle of Language Conference

Full Title: Cradle of Language Conference
Short Title: CLC

Date: 07-Nov-2006 - 10-Nov-2006
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa
Contact Person: Rudie Botha
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.clc.sun.ac.za

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-May-2006

Meeting Description:

Conference on the evolutionary emergence of human language in Africa.

This is a reminder that abstracts of papers for oral presentations and proposals for poster presentations for the Cradle of Language conference should be submitted by May 1st, 2006.

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent to authors by July 1st, 2006.

Duration of papers:
Half an hour, with 10 minutes for discussion.

Keynote addresses will have a duration of 50 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for discussion.

Format of abstracts/poster proposals:
Authors can submit an abstract for a standard oral presentation or a proposal for the content of a poster presentation (max. length 300 words, excl. references) in the form of a word document (.doc) or as a PDF.

Submission method:
Authors may submit their abstracts by sending them as e-mail attachments to the Conference Commitee at clcsun.ac.za

Please include the following information in the e-mail:
Title of Paper/Poster
Name of Author(s) and Affiliation(s)
Type of submission (i.e. an abstract for a paper or a proposal for a poster)

Please see the website www.clc.sun.ac.za for more information about the conference.

Message 2: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan
Date: 26-Apr-2006
From: Tobias Scheer <scheerunice.fr>
Subject: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan

Full Title: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan
Short Title: GalRom07

Date: 12-Jan-2007 - 13-Jan-2007
Location: Nice, France
Contact Person: Tobias Scheer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.unice.fr/dsl/galrom07.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology

Subject Language(s): Auvergnat; Gascon; Languedocien; Limousin; Old Provençal

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2006

Meeting Description:

The laboratory BCL ('Bases, Corpus, Langage', Nice) and the team LDOR of
the laboratory ERSS ('Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique',
Toulouse) organize a conference on Gallo-Roman diachronics which is
concerned with the phonological and the morphological evolution of
French, Francoprovençal and Occitan.

The idea for this conference roots in the observation of several
deficiencies of the Gallo-Roman domain:
- the paucity of contemporary studies that continue the tradition of the
Phonétique Historique
- the minor role that dialects have played in the construction of
classical diachronic knowledge
- the minor role played by modern theories in diachronic studies

We believe that our understanding of the evolution of Gallo-Romance will
greatly benefit from the confrontation of the classical knowledge with
diatopic variation and modern theories.

Indeed, knowledge from various sources have failed to be interwoven
- the classical work in Gallo-Roman diachronics as well as modern
theories have been largely built on the grounds of standard forms of
- for a long time, diachronic material and dialectal variation have been
neglected (sometimes rejected) as empirical evidence in generative
- the progress in diachronic and geolinguistic documentation (FEW,
Atlases) has often been accomplished either in absence of concern for
formal models of language, or in overt suspicion towards them.
In this context, it is useful to recall that linguistics was fed with
diachronic and geolinguistic data (particularly Gallo-Romance data
actually) at its beginnings in the 19th century.

The conference is designed as a contribution to the task of restoring the
continuity of exchange among dialectology, diachronics and theoretical
linguistics. These disciplines having been too long estranged from each
other socially, institutionally and culturally, we believe that a renewed
collaboration represents substantial prospect for all them. Concrete
benefits are also to be awaited on the institutional side: while French
diachronics to day play an important role in the French education of
teachers in secondary school (concours du Capes and de l'Agrégation),
their teaching is not fed by active research anymore.

The conference specifically aims at overcoming a certain inclination to
solipsism that is characteristic of the study of French diachronics. In
order to understand the development of French, all present and past
varieties of oïl need to be taken into account as much as standard French
and its predecessors. Also, standard French and dialects of oïl need to
be confronted with the two neighbouring Romance languages,
Francoprovençal and Occitan.

All submissions that concern present or past varieties of the three
languages identified are welcome. They may concentrate on one language or
build on comparative material, focus on an idiolect or a larger dialectal
area, and concern literarily elaborated or exclusively oral forms.

The limitation of the conference to the Gallo-Romance space is deliberate
but of course arbitrary. The reference to this specific geographic domain
singles out a clearly identifiable portion of Romance and corresponds to
a certain academic tradition which the conference aims at critically
continuating. This frame being set, it will have an open interpretation:
all submissions that have some affinity with it will be considered. In
particular, reference to other Romance and non-Romance languages is
welcome as long as Gallo-Romance material is considered.

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