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LINGUIST List 19.2026

Wed Jun 25 2008

Calls: Language Documentation/USA; General Linguistics/Norway

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Mercedes Tubino-Blanco, Friends of Uto Aztecan 2008
        2.    Marleen van de Vate, Formal Approaches to Creole Studies


Message 1: Friends of Uto Aztecan 2008
Date: 25-Jun-2008
From: Mercedes Tubino-Blanco <mtubinoemail.arizona.edu>
Subject: Friends of Uto Aztecan 2008
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Full Title: Friends of Uto Aztecan 2008
Short Title: FUAC 2008

Date: 04-Oct-2008 - 05-Oct-2008
Location: Tucson, Arizona, USA
Contact Person: Mercedes Tubino
Meeting Email: mtubinoemail.arizona.edu

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Language Family(ies): Uto-Aztecan

Call Deadline: 30-Aug-2008

Meeting Description:

Friends of Uto-Aztecan Conference FUAC, 2008
Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, in Tucson, Arizona.

FUAC 2008 (Tucson, Oct 4-5): Call for papers

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Friends of Uto-Aztecan
Conference, 2008. This year, Heidi Harley and Mercedes Tubino-Blanco of the
University of Arizona, and with the collaboration of Karen Dakin, of the
Indigenous Languages Group (el Seminario de Lenguas Indígenas), Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), co-organize the Conference during somewhat
cooler dates, Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5, in Tucson, Arizona.

We hope that the workshop dates are feasible so that most of you can
participate, since this year the workshop could not be organized for the summer,
our regular calendar time.

Please send the title of your paper and an abstract of 1-2 pages, your mailing
address, phone number, and e-mail address, to both of the following e-mail
accounts. The deadline for proposals is August 30.


We will send information about hotels and transportation later.


* Taller de los Amigos de las Lenguas Yutoaztecas (Tucson, 4-5 de Octubre):
Solicitud de Resúmenes

Nos complace invitarles a participar en el Taller de los Amigos de las Lenguas
Yutoaztecas, 2008. En esta ocasión, Heidi Harley y Mercedes Tubino Blanco, de la
Universidad de Arizona, con la colaboración de Karen Dakin, del Seminario de
Lenguas Indígenas de la UNAM, les invitan al Taller en fechas algo menos
calurosas que las acostumbradas, el sábado 4 y domingo 5 de octubre en Tucson,
Arizona.

Esperamos que las fechas propuestas sean compatibles con sus agendas y que la
mayoría de ustedes puedan venir, a pesar de que la cita de este año ha vuelto a
ser ligeramente pospuesta con respecto a la que venía siendo habitual, en verano.

Solicitamos resúmenes afines a cualquier aspecto de las lenguas Yutoaztecas, con
el siguiente contenido: título de la ponencia, breve resumen, domicilio, número
de teléfono y dirección de correo electrónico. Recibiremos solicitudes en
cualquiera de las siguientes direcciones:

Mercedes Tubino email.arizona.edu>
Heidi Harley email.arizona.edu>

Teléfono: +1 520-626-3554
Fax: +1 520-626-9014

La fecha límite para la recepción de resúmenes es el 30 de agosto.

Información adicional sobre transporte y hoteles les será facilitada más adelante.
Message 2: Formal Approaches to Creole Studies
Date: 24-Jun-2008
From: Marleen van de Vate <creolehum.uit.no>
Subject: Formal Approaches to Creole Studies
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Full Title: Formal Approaches to Creole Studies

Date: 14-Nov-2008 - 15-Nov-2008
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Marleen van de Vate
Meeting Email: creolehum.uit.no
Web Site: http://www.hum.uit.no/creole/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Creole

Call Deadline: 07-Jul-2008

Meeting Description:

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scholars who share an interest in
the formal study of creole languages.

Call for Papers

Invited speakers:
Hans den Besten
Alain Kihm

Early generative approaches to creoles were often hampered by the lack of
available data, which may have led to premature conclusions. However, only few
scholars have pursued this line of research since its heyday in the early 1980s
(see e.g. Muysken 1981). Instead, there was an increased focus on the
description of individual creole languages and sociolinguistic factors
surrounding creole formation, which helped us to gain a much better
understanding of the factors involved in creole formation.

We believe that the time is ripe for a renewed approach to pidgin and creole
languages from a theoretical and/or generative perspective. Both linguistic
theory and the empirical exploration of creole languages have advanced
considerably since the 1980s, allowing us to take a fresh perspective on what
seems to be an old topic. Shifting the spotlight to the more formal issues
surrounding creole formation may help us in furthering our understanding how
pidgin and creole languages come into being and why their grammatical properties
are the way they are. At the same time, it may foster the interaction between
theoretical linguists and researchers 'in the field'.

We therefore invite abstracts that address theoretical and formal aspects in
Creole Studies, from all the subfields of generative research, syntax,
semantics, phonology, and morphology. Questions that we think still need to be
addressed include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Which contribution can creoles make to linguistic theory and theoretical
developments?
- Are creoles 'special' languages, from a structural perspective?
- Are there structural similarities that are common to all creoles, irrespective
of their origin, their substrates and their lexifiers? If so what are they and
how can we account for them?
- How does the claim that creoles are the simplest languages of the world
(McWhorter 2005) hold up to formal scrutiny?
- What are the formal factors in creole formation, and how do these formal
factors interact with sociolinguistic factors?

We invite submissions of abstracts for 35-minute presentations (plus 10-minute
discussions). Abstracts should be no longer than one page US Letter or A4 with
one inch (2.5 cm) margins, single spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12pt,
and with normal character spacing. A second page may be used for examples,
figures, tables or references. The preferred submission format is pdf, but you
can also send your abstract in .doc, .txt or .rtf format.
Please send two copies of your abstract. One should be anonymous (all abstracts
will be reviewed anonymously), one should include your name, affiliation and
e-mail address directly below the title. The two files should be named
and , e.g. title-schuchardt.pdf and
title-anon.pdf. Abstracts should be sent to creolehum.uit.no

Modest financial aid is available to a limited number of researchers with
limited financial resources whose abstracts are accepted. Request for funding
ought to be submitted together with the abstract.

Deadline for submission extended: July 7, 2008.
Notifications will be sent out by late August

For details and further information, please consult the workshop website at
http://www.hum.uit.no/creole/index.html

Organisers:
Marleen van de Vate, University of Tromsø
Christian Uffmann, University of Sussex

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