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LINGUIST List 18.2262

Sun Jul 29 2007

Calls: General Ling,Typology/Estonia; Historical Ling/USA

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

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        1.    Michael Riessler, Lesser-studied Uralic Languages: Functional Approaches
        2.    Wolfram R. Keller, 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies

Message 1: Lesser-studied Uralic Languages: Functional Approaches
Date: 29-Jul-2007
From: Michael Riessler <michael.riesslerstaff.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: Lesser-studied Uralic Languages: Functional Approaches
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Full Title: Lesser-studied Uralic Languages: Functional Approaches

Date: 29-May-2008 - 01-Jun-2008
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Michael Riessler
Meeting Email: michael.riesslerstaff.hu-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www.fl.ut.ee/kttdk/ecla

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Typology

Language Family(ies): Uralic

Call Deadline: 25-Aug-2007

Meeting Description

Interest in lesser-studied Uralic Languages is rising both within Uralic
linguistics, linguistic typology and elsewhere. Recent international funding of
several language documentation projects on endangered Uralic languages as well
as minor Uralic languages represented in the World Atlas of Linguistic
Structures (WALS) clearly indicates this. Whereas this development sounds
promising, minor Uralic languages (languages other then Finnish, Hungarian, and
Estonian) are still marginally represented in general and typological studies
and to a large degree this coincides with their state of documentation.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on
lesser-studied Uralic languages outside the dominating historical-comparative
framework. Papers should address functional and functional-typological
approaches to contemporary languages as well as language contact and language
change; priority will be given to fieldwork based papers addressing Samoyedic,
Saami and Ob-Ugric languages.

Presentations will be 30 minutes long followed by 10 minutes for questions and
discussion. Deadline for submitting abstracts (max. 2 pages including
references) is August 25th 2007. Abstracts should be sent to:

Florian Siegl - florian.siegl AT ut.ee
Michael Riessler - michael.riessler AT staff.hu-berlin.de

This workshop will accompany the conference Cognitive and Functional
Perspectives on Dynamic Tendencies in Languages
Tartu, Estonia (29.05. - 01.06.2008)
Message 2: 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Date: 27-Jul-2007
From: Wolfram R. Keller <kellerwstaff.uni-marburg.de>
Subject: 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
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Full Title: 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Short Title: ICMS

Date: 08-May-2008 - 11-May-2008
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Contact Person: Medieval Institute Western Michigan University
Meeting Email: mdvl_congreswmich.edu
Web Site: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2007

Meeting Description

The Congress is an annual gathering of over 3,000 scholars interested in
Medieval Studies. It features over 600 sessions of papers, panel discussions,
roundtables, workshops, and performances. There are also some 90 business
meetings and receptions sponsored by learned societies, associations, and
institutions. The Congress lasts three and a half days, extending from Thursday
morning until Sunday at noon.

Panel on Truth and Treason in Middle English Literature (Kalamazoo 2008)

In light of recent work on the semantic and legal ramifications of ''truth'' and
''tresoun'' in late medieval England, particularly Richard Firth Green's A
Crisis of Truth and Lynn Staley's Languages of Power in the Reign of Richard II,
this panel proposes to revisit the contextual embeddedness of these concepts in
Middle English literature. How do different medieval genres represent the
personal and political discourses of truth and treason? How does historiography
offer a way for understanding the contextual necessity of defining these terms?
How might historiographical perspectives on treason revise our reading of its
depiction in medieval literature? Might the treasonous nature of an action in
its immediate context be reconsidered within the long durée of history? By what
processes do individual agents, authors, and institutions negotiate divergent
notions of proper action with regard to the nation?

Please send abstracts by September 1 to Tim Arner (tda121psu.edu) and Wolfram
Keller (kellerwstaff.uni-marburg.de).

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