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LINGUIST List 17.2221

Wed Aug 02 2006

Calls: Historical Ling/Sociolinguistics/Germany

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        1.    Regine Eckardt, The Role of Variation in Language Evolution

Message 1: The Role of Variation in Language Evolution
Date: 01-Aug-2006
From: Regine Eckardt <reckardgwdg.de>
Subject: The Role of Variation in Language Evolution

Full Title: The Role of Variation in Language Evolution
Short Title: Evolution Workshop, DGfS

Date: 28-Feb-2007 - 02-Mar-2007
Location: Siegen, Germany
Contact Person: Gerhard Jaeger
Meeting Email: Gerhard.Jaegeruni-bielefeld.de
Web Site: http://wwwhomes.uni-bielefeld.de/gjaeger/dgfs2007/cfp.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Aug-2006

Meeting Description:

The workshop topic is the role of linguistic variation for the cultural
evolution of language. It will bring together researchers from various
areas (historical linguistics, creolistics, computational linguistics, ...) that
are interested in the application of evolutionary concepts to natural

Invited speakers: Olga Fischer (Amsterdam) & Andrew Wedel

The workshop is part of the annual meeting of the DGfS (German Linguistic

The Role of Variation in Language Evolution
Workshop at the 29th annual meeting of the German Association for Linguistics
(DGfS) Siegen, Feb 28 - March 2, 2007.

Guest speakers:
Olga Fischer (Amsterdam)
Andrew Wedell (Tucson)

Last call for papers

The workshop will explore the precise role of linguistic variation in language
evolution. We invite submissions to the following (and related) topics:
-Empirical studies of language variation that are relevant for language
evolution. This includes experimental psycholinguistc studies as well as corpus
-Computer simulations of language evolution;
-Formal and computational models of the micro-dynamics of language evolution,
like stochastic, exemplar based or memory based approaches;
-Studies of grammaticalization phenomena (and language change phenomena in
general) that relate diachronic change to synchronic variation;
-The role of variation in creolization;
-Mathematical models of language evolution.

For more details please consult the workshop website at:

Submissions are invited for 60-minutes presentations (45 minutes + 15 minutes
discussion). Send your two-page abstract to gerhard.jaegeruni-bielefeld.de (in
plain text or in .pdf format) to arrive no later than August 6, 2006.
Notification of acceptance is by September 15, 2006.

Program Committee:
Ellen Brandner (Konstanz)
Brady Clark (Chicago)
Matt Goldrick (Chicago)
Roland Hinterhölzl (Berlin)
Martin Haspelmath (Leipzig)
Simon Kirby (Edinburgh)
Ekkehard König (Berlin)
Anke Lüdeling (Berlin)
Alexander Mehler (Bielefeld)
Tonjes Veenstra (Berlin)
Robert van Rooij (Amsterdam)
Anette Rosenbach (Düsseldorf)
Jelle Zuidema (Amsterdam)
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