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LINGUIST List 21.3734

Tue Sep 21 2010

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Bantu Langs/Germany

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

LINGUIST is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new feature: Easy Abstracts! Easy Abs is a free abstract submission and review facility designed to help conference organizers and reviewers accept and process abstracts online. Just go to: http://www.linguistlist.org/confcustom, and begin your conference customization process today! With Easy Abstracts, submission and review will be as easy as 1-2-3!
        1.    Laura Downing, Berlin Bantu Conference

Message 1: Berlin Bantu Conference
Date: 21-Sep-2010
From: Laura Downing <downingzas.gwz-berlin.de>
Subject: Berlin Bantu Conference
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Full Title: Berlin Bantu Conference
Short Title: B4ntu

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 09-Apr-2011
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Laura Downing
Meeting Email: b4ntuhu-berlin.de
Web Site: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/b4ntu/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics

Other Specialty: Bantu Languages

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2010

Meeting Description:

Berlin Bantu Conference (B4ntu)
Special theme: Historical Bantu Linguistics
7-9 April 2011
Held at the Seminar für Afrikawissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität zu
Conference Website (from 31 March 2010): http://www2.hu-berlin.de/b4ntu/

The Fourth International Conference on Bantu Languages brings together
specialists in all aspects of the study of Bantu languages. Abstracts are
invited for conference presentations addressing any aspects of the analysis,
description or comparison of Bantu languages. We especially welcome
contributions on the conference theme, Historical Bantu Linguistics.

2nd Call for Papers

Deadline for abstracts: 1 November 2010

Invited Speakers (confirmed)
Koen Bostoen
Jeff Good
Thilo C. Schadeberg

Organising Committee:
Laura J. Downing
Tom Güldemann
Kristina Riedel
Andreas Wetter

Besides the general sessions, two workshops are organised in conjunction
with the conference:

Workshop 1: Bantu and its closest relatives
Organized by Jean-Marie Hombert and Larry Hyman
The purpose of this workshop is to examine the origin and evolution of
Bantu linguistic specificities especially with regards to corresponding
features in closely related linguistic groups of languages. Five main themes
will be covered (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, classification) with
one main paper for each theme followed by one or two discussants per

Workshop2: Tone and Intonation in Bantu
Organized by Sophie Manus and Cédric Patin
While tone and intonation were for a long time considered separate
research topics, their relationship has recently received more attention
(Hyman & Monaka 2008, Michaud 2008, Zerbian et al. 2009).
This workshop aims to address, among many others, the following
questions: is it (always) necessary to make a distinction between tonal and
non-tonal intonation? How do lexical tones and intonational tones interact?
Do intonational tones share the properties of lexical tones (e.g. the ability to
shift, to spread)? Papers that address the relationship between tone and
other elements of prosody (e.g. intensity, voice quality, speech rate, rhythm,
phrasing, etc.) will also be welcome.

Abstract Submission
We are using the Linguist List's EasyAbs system for abstract submission.
Abstracts should be uploaded to the B4ntu conference page on the
EasyAbs site by 1 November 2010:

Instructions for abstract submission
-Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long, plus data and
(one A4 page in all, maximum). Longer abstracts will not be considered.
Papers will last around 30 minutes including time for questions.
-submissions are restricted to one single-authored and one co-authored
abstract at most
-the conference language is English or French: abstracts and talks will be in
English or French
-deadline for submission: November 1, 2010
-page format: A4, 2,54 cm (one inch) margins on all sides, 12-point font,
simple line spacing
-file formal: .pdf
-file name: submissions for the main conference: [title-main.pdf], e.g.
-submissions for the workshops: [title-workshop1.pdf OR title-workshop2],
e.g. blahblahblah-workshop1.pdf

Please contact the conference organizers if you are unable to submit your
abstract via the EasyAbs website: b4ntuhu-berlin.de or b4ntuzas.gwz-

Further important details concerning abstract submission are available on
the conference website. Please make sure that you consult these before
submitting an abstract: http://www2.hu-berlin.de/b4ntu/.

We aim to finalise the programme, and to contact abstract-senders by
around 20 December 2010, and we will contact all those who have sent
abstracts as soon as the decisions have been made.

Note that there is limited financial support available for scholars based in
Africa whose abstracts have been accepted for the conference.

Summary of Important Dates
Deadline for submission of abstracts to EasyAbs: 1 November 2010
Abstract-senders informed of the decision: 20 December 2010

Program announced: early January 2011
Conference dates: 7-9 April 2011

Please distribute among interested friends and colleagues.
All welcome!
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