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LINGUIST List 24.3259

Tue Aug 13 2013

Calls: West Germanic, General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Aug-2013
From: Lindsay Preseau <ldpresberkeley.edu>
Subject: 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: Linguistic Varieties and Variation
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Full Title: 22nd Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: Linguistic Varieties and Variation

Date: 01-Mar-2014 - 02-Mar-2014
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Contact Person: Lindsay Preseau
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): West Germanic

Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2014

Meeting Description:

22nd Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference
Linguistic Varieties and Variation

Werner F. Leopold’s 1959 publication 'The Decline of German Dialects' foresaw a grim future for German dialect diversity, positing that 'the trend is toward a single colloquial standard over the whole territory.' Such claims of widespread dialect leveling in the face of linguistic globalization and standardization are not limited to German, and have persisted in modern literature. Despite this, there is a widening field of literature exploring new varieties of West Germanic, from dialects that mediate between standard and non-standard varieties such as the Dutch 'tussentaal' regiolect, to post-vernacular Yiddish and such emerging 'multiethnolects' as the German 'Kiezdeutsch.'

55 years after Leopold’s prediction, the aim of this conference is to survey the past, present, and future status of nonstandard varieties. This conference aims thus most broadly to explore the linguistic structure of German, Dutch, Yiddish, English, and other Germanic dialects, but also to investigate the status of Germanic dialects outside of their traditional political and geographic lines and in the face of the new language policy of multilingual Europe. Our inquiry thus includes, but is not limited to the following questions: Where is the boundary between standard and non-standard? In what ways do non-standard varieties deviate from standard language? What are the effects of standardization on regional dialects, sociolects, and ethnolects? How have changing (and disappearing) linguistic and political boundaries affected non-standard varieties? What characterizes the processes of dialect leveling and dialect emergence? How is variation represented in literature and multimedia?

Keynote speaker to be announced.

This conference will be held in Dwinelle Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, March 1-2, 2014.

Call for Papers:

Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by January 10, 2014 to berkeleygermanconferencegmail.com. Limited travel funds are available for graduate student presenters.

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

- Syntactic/morphological/phonological/lexical/semantic variations in specific dialects
- Dialects in contact
- Dialects in diachronic perspective
- Dialect representation in literature, film, and the media
- Dialect transcription and translation
- Linguistic variety in computer-mediated communication
- Yiddish revivals
- German/Dutch dialects in the Americas
- Youth and non-standard language
- Standard/dialect diglossia
- Dialect extinction/collapse
- Dialect resurgence



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