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LINGUIST List 25.1654

Wed Apr 09 2014

Confs: Socioling, Typology, Historical Ling, Genetic Classification, Language Documentation/Sweden

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 08-Apr-2014
From: Anju Saxena <anju.saxenalingfil.uu.se>
Subject: International Workshop on Linguistic Microareas in South Asia
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International Workshop on Linguistic Microareas in South Asia

Date: 05-May-2014 - 06-May-2014
Location: Uppsala, Sweden
Contact: Anju Saxena
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.lingfil.uu.se/kalend/konf/lmsa/

Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

Multilingualism has long been the norm in South Asia. There are signs of language contact between Vedic Sanskrit and Dravidian languages in the Rig Veda, the oldest extant Indian text. It is reasonable to assume that this long-lasting contact situation will have made the languages of this region more similar in many respects to each other than they are to their genetically related languages spoken outside the region. However, systematic investigations of the areal phenomena within South Asia have been few and narrow in scope. Which areal phenomena are characteristic of South Asia, as well as their geographical extent, remains unclear. Some 'microareas' within South Asia have also been proposed, for example, the Himalayan region, where a long history of language contact and multilingualism has led to convergence on many linguistic levels between the two genetically unrelated language families of the area (Tibeto-Burman and Indo-Aryan). Another microarea which has been proposed is South-South Asia which encompasses Sri Lanka and parts of India, with primarily Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages. It has further been suggested that Dardic (Indo-Aryan) is not a genetic, but rather a geographical/areal labelling of languages of North India and Northwestern Pakistan, and a similar suggestion has been made for West Himalayish (Tibeto-Burman).

In order to obtain a clearer picture of areal phenomena within South Asia, there is a need for more comprehensive overviews of the linguistic patterns from different geographical regions in South Asia in order to discuss the relationships between linguistic features that are attributed to the microareas and features that encompass the entire South Asian region, as well as to disentangle genetic and areal traits. This two-day workshop is intended as a forum to discuss these issues in more depth.

Invited Speakers:

Professor Elena Bashir (University of Chicago)
Professor Balthasar Bickel (University of Zürich)
Professor Shobhana Chelliah (University of North Texas)
Professor Hans H. Hock (University of Illinios at Urbana-Champaign)
Professor John Peterson (University of Kiel)


Anju Saxena (Uppsala University)

Organizing Committee:

Lars Borin (University of Gothenburg)
Bernard Comrie (MPI-EVA Leipzig/UC Santa Barbara)
Niklas Edenmyr (Uppsala University)
K. Taraka Rama (University of Gothenburg)
Vera Wilhelmsen (Uppsala University)


Monday, May 5, 2014


Lars Johanson, Universität Mainz

The northwest of South Asia and beyond. The issue of Indo-Aryan retroflexion yet again
Hans Henrich Hock, University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign

Retroflex consonant harmony: An areal feature in South Asia
Paul Arsenault, Tyndale University College

11.30-13.00 Lunch

Impersonal patients and political history of the Southern Kirant microareas
Balthasar Bickel, University of Zürich

The Indian Himalayas - a micro-area? Results of a quantitative study
Anju Saxena (UU), Lars Borin (GU), Taraka Rama (GU), Bernard Comrie (MPI-EVA Leipzig, UCSB)

Indo-Iranian linguistic relations in effect: Tajik impact in the completion of the system of pronominal clitics in the Hissar Parya language
Tatiana Oranskaia, Hamburg University

15.15-15.45 Tea/Coffee

Some sub-areal features in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Pamir-Himalayan region
Elena Bashir, University of Chicago

Conflicting areal patterns in the Hindu Kush
Henrik Liljegren, Stockholm University

Workshop dinner in Vasasalen, Uppsala castle

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The development and diffusion of evidentiality in the Tibetic area
Nicolas Tournadre, University of Aix-Marseille

Tibetan as 'model language' in the Amdo Sprachbund
E. Sandman (University of Helsinki), Camille Simon (Université Paris 3, LACITO)

Applying the term 'linguistic area' to Manipur
Shobhana Chelliah, University of North Texas

12.00-13.30 Lunch

Munda-Indo-Aryan contact in Eastern-Central South Asia - further evidence
John Peterson, University of Kiel

Marathi-Dravidian convergence in Southern Maharashtra: A localist dialectology approach
Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi, Deccan College

Pronominal suffixation in the Kashmiri languages: A genetic or areal trait
Saartje Verbeke, Ghent University

Concluding remarks
Bernard Comrie, MPI-EVA Leipzig, UCSB

15.30-16.00 Tea/Coffee

Guided tour of Uppsala University's Museum Gustavianum

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