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LINGUIST List 18.1818

Fri Jun 15 2007

Calls: General Ling/ Spain; General Ling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Organizing Committee Organizing Commitee, 3rd International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics
        2.    Gunther De Vogelaer, Dutch Dialect Geography and Internal Factors

Message 1: 3rd International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics
Date: 15-Jun-2007
From: Organizing Committee Organizing Commitee <cilhisuvigo.es>
Subject: 3rd International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics

Full Title: 3rd International Conference on Hispanic Linguistics

Date: 18-Oct-2007 - 20-Oct-2007
Location: Vigo, Spain
Contact Person: Joaquín Sueiro
Meeting Email: cilhisuvigo.es
Web Site: http://webs.uvigo.es/cilhis

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 06-Jul-2007

Meeting Description:

3rd International Conference On Hispanic Linguistics: Young Researchers in
Language & Linguistics

Dear colleagues,
According to your suggestions, the Organizing Committee has decided to extend
the deadline for the receipt of abstracts until Friday, 6th July and the
review process until Monday 23rd July.
We hope that these new deadlines ease the submission of abstracts.

Remember that you can visit our Web site http://webs.uvigo.es/cilhis, where we
are including the latest news about the Conference.

Best Wishes,

The Organizing Committee

Estimados colegas:

Recogiendo la sugerencia de algunos de vosotros, el Comité Organizador ha
decidido prorrogar la fecha de envío de los resúmenes hasta el VIERNES 6 DE
JULIO. Debido a este cambio se postpone la decisión sobre la aceptación de las
comunicaciones hasta el LUNES 23 de JULIO.
Confiamos que este nuevo plazo os facilite el trabajo de presentación de los

Recordad que podéis visitar nuestra página http://webs.uvigo.es/cilhis donde
estamos incluyendo las novedades del congreso.

Un cordial saludo,

El Comité Organizador
Message 2: Dutch Dialect Geography and Internal Factors
Date: 14-Jun-2007
From: Gunther De Vogelaer <gunther.devogelaerugent.be>
Subject: Dutch Dialect Geography and Internal Factors

Full Title: Dutch Dialect Geography and Internal Factors

Date: 23-Nov-2007 - 23-Nov-2007
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Gunther De Vogelaer
Meeting Email: gunther.devogelaerugent.be
Web Site: http://users.ugent.be/~gdvogela/T&T-call_Eng

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch (nld)

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2007

Meeting Description

Since the publication of the third volume of the Phonological Atlas of Dutch
Dialects (FAND) and the first volume of the Morphological and the Syntactic
Atlas of Dutch Dialects (MAND and SAND) in 2005, the Dutch language area may
very well be the best described area in the world with respect to dialect
variation. The present workshop aims at exploring the relevance of
system-internal factors for the patterns of diffusion that are described in
these atlases. To participate, send your one-page abstract (including
references) to gunther.devogelaerugent.be, to arrive no later than June, 30.
Talks are 20 min. (+ 10 min. discussion). We encourage abstracts in Dutch, but
non-native speakers of Dutch may submit English abstracts as well. Decisions on
the acceptance of the abstract can be expected before September, 1. A selection
of papers will appear as a theme issue of Taal & Tongval

Recent years have seen a renewed interest for dialect geography, including
publications such as Barbiers, Cornips & van der Kleij (2002) on European
dialect syntax; Kortmann & Schneider (2004) on varieties of English; Labov, Ash
& Boberg (2006) on North American dialects. But quite unlike during the earlier
heydays of dialect geography, this 'neo-dialectological' movement seems to be
theory-driven rather than data-driven (see Kortmann 2002, Horvath 2004, and
Filppula et al. 2005: vii for similar observations). In principle, the
availability of geographical data opens up new possibilities as to the use of
patterns of geographic diffusion as an information source, but these
possibilities are currently underused. The main reason for this is probably the
basic assumption in dialectology that system-internal (or 'functional') factors
can only serve to explain the actuation of linguistic innovations, and not the
success with which these innovations are diffused (see, e.g., Milroy
1992:201-202, Labov 1994:598, and especially Croft 2000:166). Recently, however,
this assumption has been challenged (see Haspelmath 1999, Andersen 2005, Seiler
2005; see Rosenbach forthcoming for discussion).

The present workshop aims at exploring the relevance of system-internal factors
for the patterns of diffusion that are described in these atlases. More
precisely, we invite talks on the following topics:

1. The relevance of one or more internal factors for the patterns of diffusion
that are found in the Dutch dialect atlases (SAND, MAND, FAND)
The data can also be found online, via:
http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/projecten/mand/GTRPdataperitem.html (MAND, FAND)
http://www.meertens.nl/sand/zoeken/index.php (SAND)

2. The broader question whether internal factors are indeed relevant for
actuation and/or diffusion, and for language change in general, including the
way in which this relevance is observed in the behaviour of individual language

3. The methodology of theory-driven dialect geographical research, and the
relevance of dialect geographical data for different theoretical frameworks

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