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LINGUIST List 22.3932

Sat Oct 08 2011

Calls: Latvian, Lithuanian, Historical Ling, Typology/Sweden

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        1.     Peter Arkadiev , Baltic Languages in the European Context


Message 1: Baltic Languages in the European Context
Date: 07-Oct-2011
From: Peter Arkadiev <alpgurevgmail.com>
Subject: Baltic Languages in the European Context
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Full Title: Baltic Languages in the European Context

Date: 29-Aug-2012 - 01-Sep-2012
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Contact Person: Peter Arkadiev
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Subject Language(s): Latvian; Lithuanian

Call Deadline: 07-Nov-2011

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (http://www.sle2012.eu), Stockholm, 29 August-1 September 2012.

Convenors:

Peter Arkadiev (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Valgerdur Bjarnadóttir (Stockholm University)

Keynote Speaker:

Axel Holvoet (University of Warsaw)

The workshop will focus on the Baltic language group (Lithuanian, Latvian, Latgalian, Old Prussian and their dialects) and specifically on the assessment of the Baltic material from a broader European areal perspective, including, but not limited to the Circum-Baltic region, serving as a buffer zone between Eurasia and Standard-Average European.

The workshop is intended to be a forum where scholars working on Baltic languages can discuss various problems relating to the study of these languages from a broader geographical, typological and theoretical perspective. Its goal is to bridge the gap between the study of Baltic languages and current trends in linguistic theory and language typology and last but not least to attract attention of the linguistic community to this rich and yet not fully investigated group of languages.

In particular, the workshop aims at the following goals:

- To advance the study of contact-induced phenomena at different levels of language structure (phonology, morphosyntax, grammatical categories, semantics, and lexicon) as well as of the interplay between inherited and contact-induced features in the structure of Baltic languages, in line with a tradition represented by such contributions as Stolz 1991, Dahl & Koptjevskaja-Tamm (eds.) 2001, Wiemer 2002 etc.
- To promote typologically oriented studies focusing on Baltic languages and to underscore the value of the Baltic data for typology, on the one hand, and the fruitfulness of a typologically informed approach to the Baltic languages, on the other (cf. such contributions as Nau (ed.) 2001, Holvoet & Konickaja 2011 etc.)
- To address the material of the Baltic languages from the perspective of various theoretical and methodological frameworks and to show how particular theories may shed new light on the Baltic data, and how analyses of these data can advance linguistic theory (cf. such recent work as Berg-Olsen 2004, Franks & Lavine 2006, Holvoet 2007, Lavine 2010)
- Last but not least, to advance contrastive linguistic studies involving Baltic languages, which have been recently gaining popularity in the Baltic states, cf. Kalėdaitė 2002, Giparaitė 2010, Usonienė & Šolienė 2010 etc.

This means that the workshop will cover the following major research areas with reference to the Baltic languages:

- Contact linguistics and areal typology
- Broader typological studies with focus on Baltic languages
- Contrastive linguistics
- Theoretical approaches to Baltic languages

Call for Papers:

We ask those who are interested to participate in the workshop to send the provisional title of your contribution and a 300 word abstract (both in English) before November 7 2011. Please, indicate you name, affiliation and email.

The abstracts (in MS Word format only) should be sent to the following addresses:

alpgurevgmail.com
valgerdur.bjarnadottirbalt.su.se



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