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LINGUIST List 21.853

Fri Feb 19 2010

Calls: General Ling, Historical Ling, Socioling, Celtic Lang/Poland

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Michael Hornsby, PLM Celtic Satellite Session

Message 1: PLM Celtic Satellite Session
Date: 18-Feb-2010
From: Michael Hornsby <mhornsbyifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: PLM Celtic Satellite Session
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Full Title: PLM Celtic Satellite Session

Date: 23-Sep-2010 - 26-Sep-2010
Location: Gniezno, Poland
Contact Person: Sabine Heinz Michael Hornsby
Meeting Email: mhornsbyifa.amu.edu.pl & preifatgmx.net

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Lexicography;

Subject Language(s): Gaelic, Irish (gle)
Breton (bre)
Welsh (cym)

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2010

Meeting Description:

Shifts and innovations in minority languages in the twenty-first century, with
an emphasis on P and Q-Celtic.

Call for Papers

The general theme of this panel is to investigate the effects modernity and
globalisation are having on the vast majority of minority languages in the
twenty-first century. Laponce considers that 'globalisation can cause weak and
powerful languages to be in increasingly frequent contact. Weaker languages are
thus increasingly at risk of being sidelined and lost'

The papers in this panel will look at how such 'weaker' (or minority or
endangered) languages, such as the majority of the Celtic languages, are being
sidelined, investigate the processes behind such sidelining and analyse the
outcomes of such processes. Papers are invited on a wide range of topics in this
area, covering fields such as the semantics, phonology, syntax, lexicography and
morphology of Celtic languages in detail. We particularly welcome papers that,
while they may not concentrate on the mechanics of Celtic language shift and
attrition per se, do document and discuss pertinent linguistic features in a
wide range of theoretical areas, thus contributing to the overall theme of this

Sociolinguistic analyses covering language attrition and revitalisation are also
encouraged. Comparisons with non-Celtic languages, e.g. the Livonian language in
Latvia, will aim to locate these issues in a broader context. This is also the
goal of our invited speaker, Prof. Ghil'ad Zuckermann who will look at attempts
to categorise and analyse language shift in a coherent and comprehensive
sociolinguistic framework of language change in an increasingly globalising
world. His paper: Stop, Revive, Survive! Lessons from the Israeli (sic) Language
to the Reclamation, Maintenance and Empowerment of Indigenous Languages and
Cultures looks set to inform Celticists and others of the commonality of
minority language issues.

Please submit your one-page proposals for this panel by the end of March 2010
to mhornsbyifa.amu.edu.pl and preifatgmx.net.
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