From: Olga Fullana <olga.fullanaudg.edu>
Subject: Problems and Methods of the History of Language
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Full Title: Problems and Methods of the History of Language
Date: 20-Jun-2011 - 22-Jun-2011
Location: Girona, Spain
Contact Person: Olga Fullana
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.udg.edu/ghl
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics
Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2011
The 8th International Colloquium 'Problems and Methods of History of Language: The Space of Languages' will focus on the emergence and death of languages, fundamental processes that have become very topical, both in the Catalan context and for understanding the role of languages in a globalized world. In these processes two factors are decisive: the first is the magnitude (of the language, of each dialect, of the groupings of dialects) that makes a language viable; the second is the distance (purely linguistic distance between each dialect, or between the dialect and its language or, more precisely, its linguistic prototype) that allows or prevents the 'individuation' of a language. We start from the premise that languages, as social constructions, can neither be too large nor too small. This approach differs from the prevailing politically correct or mainstream view, because it may collide with the basis for certain linguistic rights (those of excessively small minorities) or with certain 'scientifically objective' approaches. However, we suspect that these issues have a much greater importance than specialists have traditionally recognised, at least overtly. If a language is always an abstraction of a set of 'real' lects, which is given the value of the linguistic 'representation' of a community, it raises the question: are there any basic requirements –a minimum and maximum magnitude or a minimum and maximum distance – for producing the necessary abstraction?
Call for Papers:
For the development of the 8th Colloquium we propose three topics:
- Concept of language
- Linguistic distance and the magnitude of the languages
- Language and dialects: a process of occultation
The Colloquium foresees some sessions for the presentation of 30-minute papers on any of the three topics mentioned. Potential contributors should submit an anonymous, publishable 150-word abstract by 15th March as an e-mail attachment to the address ilccudg.edu, along with a second attachment giving the following information: title, author's name, author's institution or workplace, country, phone and e-mail. The text of selected papers must be submitted no later than the beginning of the Colloquium. The languages accepted are any Romance language and English. The Organizing Committee will pay travel expenses and provide accommodation for the authors of the accepted communications. The decision of the Scientific Committee will be communicated to potential contributors no later than April 15th.
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