From: Tor A. Åfarli <tor.aafarlihf.ntnu.no>
Subject: Language Contact and Change - Grammatical Structure Encounters the Fluidity of Language
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Full Title: Language Contact and Change - Grammatical Structure Encounters the
Fluidity of Language
Short Title: GSFL
Date: 22-Sep-2010 - 25-Sep-2010
Location: NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
Contact Person: Tor A. Afarli
Meeting Email: gsfl2010hf.ntnu.no
Web Site: http://www.ntnu.no/GSFL2010
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Call Deadline: 10-Apr-2010
Language Contact and Change - Grammatical Structure Encounters the Fluidity
Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU,
Trondheim, September 22-25, 2010
A conference sponsored by The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters
Call for Papers
Language change has been a central research area in linguistics for at least 200
years. In retrospect, the field has seen questions being asked and answered, but
still many questions have not received a satisfactory answer, and others are
barely being asked. Also, new theoretical approaches are leading to fresh
questions being posed, a situation that in turn results in constantly shifting
research frontiers. Moreover, novel research topics are being brought to the
fore as a consequence of processes of globalisation. In our time, the contact
between people across borders and between different societies is constantly
getting broader and deeper, and at the same time, the challenges posed by
migration and integration are becoming more pressing. Language is a crucial
ingredient in these challenges. Thus, problems of language contact and change,
language interaction and mixture, language development and acquisition, and
language birth and language death, are urgently in need of illumination.
Given this background, the aim of our conference Language Contact and Change -
Grammatical Structure Encounters the Fluidity of Language is to bring together
researchers from different camps in linguistics in order to elucidate
theoretical questions as well as the seeming vagaries of a broad range of
phenomena of language contact and change. In particular, we wish to bring
together grammarians and sociolinguists, i.e. linguists doing research on the
structure and system of language and linguist doing research on the use and
function of language, in order to try to bring new perspectives into the field.
By bringing together researchers from different theoretical and methodological
camps in this way, we wish to contribute to meaningful scientific interaction
between researchers with different perspectives, thus facilitating fruitful
dialogue and cross-fertilisation that may lead to fresh insights and scientific
advances. We sincerely believe that a satisfactory understanding of the dynamic
and often extremely complex processes of language contact and language change
requires a joint effort by both grammarians and sociolinguists.
The following linguists have already agreed to attend the conference as invited
speakers: Peter Auer, University of Freiburg; Derek Bickerton, University of
Hawaii; Leonie Cornips, Meertens Institute; Frans Gregersen, University of
Copenhagen; Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago; Frederick J. Newmeyer,
University of Washington.
We invite submission of abstracts on the theme of the conference. Preference
will be given to abstracts that have the potential of arousing the interest of
both grammarians and sociolinguists, but more "one-sided" contributions are also
welcome. Please send your 1 page abstract to gsfl2010hf.ntnu.no no later than
10 April 2010.
The organisers of the conference are:
Brit Mæhlum, INL, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway (e-mail: brit.maehlumhf.ntnu.no )
Tor A. Åfarli, INL, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway (email: tor.aafarlihf.ntnu.no )
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