LINGUIST List 22.283|
Sun Jan 16 2011
Calls: Anthropological Ling, Socioling/Ghana
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1. Magnus Huber ,
Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Message 1: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
From: Magnus Huber <magnus.huberanglistik.uni-giessen.de>
Subject: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
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Full Title: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Short Title: SPCL Accra 2011
Date: 02-Aug-2011 - 06-Aug-2011
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contact Person: Magnus Huber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.uni-giessen.de/cms/spcl-accra
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Other Specialty: Creolistics
Call Deadline: 12-Feb-2011
The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will meet in Accra, Ghana, from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 August 2011.
In spite of the importance of Africa in the development of Atlantic Pidgins and Creoles, this is the first time that SPCL will meet in Africa. The meeting will be held on the verdant and spacious campus of the University of Ghana at Legon, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital Accra. For information on Ghana, visit the Ghana Tourism website: http://www.touringghana.com.
The conference will focus on the structure, social aspects, educational and other pertinent issues of pidgins, creoles and other contact languages, as well as on the history of the discipline. The programme will consist of full papers, work-in-progress reports, as well as invited plenary talks on the history, sociolinguistics, and the structure of West African languages, including pidgins and creoles. The special conference theme is 'Traces of Contact': The languages traditionally defined as creoles and pidgins often form part of complex contact scenarios. Their phonology, grammar, and lexicon are influenced by the other languages that they are in contact with. This is the case in Suriname, where several creoles are in contact with each other, in Papua New Guinea, where Tok Pisin is in contact with the English lexifier superstrate, in Equatorial Guinea, where Pichi is influenced by the non-lexifier superstrate Spanish, and in Mauritius where the adstrate Bhojpuri plays a role, to mention only a few examples. Inherited substrate features also continue to influence the trajectory of creoles and pidgins. The study of these stratal forces can contribute to our understanding of the typological diversity of creoles and pidgins and help us tease apart external and internal forces of change in these languages.
In addition to a series of evening programmes during the conference, we plan to organise a trip to the botanical gardens at Aburi, overlooking the coastal plain of Accra.
Given the historical importance of Ghana as one of the epicentres of the transatlantic slave trade, a post-conference excursion will be offered to interested participants. The excursion is scheduled from Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th August 2011 and will take participants along the Western seaboard of Ghana to the vestiges of three forts and castles: Fort Amsterdam (Fort Cormantin) as well as to the well-preserved Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. We will also visit Kakum National Park, mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest with a canopy walk suspended between trees.
Call for Papers:
Abstracts for papers on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, lexicon, social aspects of language, history of the discipline, education or any pertinent issue involving pidgin and creole languages or other contact languages are invited for anonymous review. This includes, but is not limited to, abstracts for papers addressing the conference theme ''Traces of Contact'' and the special session dedicated to language contact involving pidgins and creoles. Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion; work-in-progress reports will be 15 minutes long, including 5 minutes for discussion.
Abstracts should be submitted online through EasyAbs at:
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 March 2011 together with the second circular. The deadline for registration is 15th May 2011.
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