From: Nathan Hill <nh36soas.ac.uk>
Subject: 16th Himalayan Languages Symposium
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Full Title: 16th Himalayan Languages Symposium
Short Title: HLS 16
Date: 02-Sep-2010 - 05-Sep-2010
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Nathan Hill
Meeting Email: nh36soas.ac.uk
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language
Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Typology
Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2010
The Himalayan Languages Symposium was first held at Leiden University in 1995
and is now well-established an as an annual open forum for scholars of all
aspects of Himalayan languages. The focus of the conference is geographical
rather than language-based, reflecting the huge linguistic diversity of the
Himalaya, and the depth of contact and syncretism between Himalayan languages
In 2010, the Himalayan Languages Symposium is to be held in the UK for the first
time, and will run from 2 to 5 September at the School of Oriental
and African Studies. As the UK has a long tradition of scholarship in Asian
languages and cultures, we feel it is overdue that the Symposium is held
here, and we look forward to welcoming participants to London.
Call for Papers
Deadline is approaching. Email your abstracts to nh36soas.ac.uk.
Contributions are welcome on any language of the Greater Himalayan Region,
whether Tibeto-Burman, Indo-Aryan, Austroasiatic, Altaic, Hmong-Mien, Tai or an
isolate. Although language is the focus of the Symposium, specialists from
related disciplines such as philology, history, anthropology, archaeology and
prehistory are strongly encouraged to participate and cast light from their
respective angles on the study of Himalayan languages and language communities.
We invite abstracts for presentations on topics including, but not limited to:
- Descriptions of lesser-known languages
- Language change and variation
- Multilingualism and language contact
- Historical-comparative studies
- Typological studies
- Field reports
- Corpus-based analysis
- Language death and language preservation
- Language policy and language planning
- Ethnology and folklore
- Himalayan languages and new technologies
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