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LINGUIST List 23.3991

Wed Sep 26 2012

Calls: Typology/Croatia

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Sep-2012
From: Livia Kortvelyessy <livia.kortvelyessyupjs.sk>
Subject: Workshop on Standard Average European
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Full Title: Workshop on Standard Average European

Date: 18-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Location: Split, Croatia
Contact Person: Livia Kortvelyessy
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Typology

Call Deadline: 05-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

Workshop on Standard Average European
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

B. Whorf coined the term Standard Average European (SAE) when studying American Indian languages. To facilitate their comprehension, Whorf put them in contrast with the well described languages of Europe. In recent decades, the idea of SAE caught attention of a number of linguists. The most extensive and prolific has been the EUROTYP project. Its main objective was to prove the idea that besides manifold common genetic features European languages bear resemblance to each other thanks to certain shared features resulting from language contacts. Apart from remarkable results, research in this field has indicated many problems that can be summarized in the following questions:

1. What should be analysed - languages or dialects?
2. What are the borders of SAE? What languages represent its nucleus and which languages are on its periphery?
3. What should be the catalogue of SAE features?

The workshop aims to exchange views on these topics and any other relevant issues, such as:

- evaluation of the individual linguistic features (ranging over all language levels) and their relevance to the concept of SAE;
- methodology of research;
- state-of-the-art and the perspectives of research into SAE, and any and all questions related to the exploration of SAE.


Haspelmath, M. (2001). The European linguistic area: Standard Average European. In M. Haspelmath, E. K├Ânig, W. Oesterreicher & W. Raible (Eds.), Language typology and language universals: an international handbook (pp. 1492-1510). Berlin/New York: W. de Gruyter.

Heine, B., & Kuteva, T. (2006). The changing languages of Europe. Oxford: OUP.

Van der Auwera, J. (2011). Standard Average European. In: Kortmann, B. & van der Auwera, J. (eds.) The Languages and Linguistics of Europe: A Comprehensive Guide. (pp. 291-306) Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Call for Papers:

Potential workshop participants are expected to submit a short abstract by November 5, 2012, to provide us sufficient time to prepare the final version of workshop proposal (the deadline for the submission of workshop proposals is November 15, 2012).

The abstracts in MS Word of up to 300 words (in English) should indicate the author's name, affiliation and email. Please send the abstracts to the following addresses:


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