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LINGUIST List 25.1887

Tue Apr 29 2014

Calls: Socioling, Anthropological Ling, Typology, Historical Ling/Germany

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

Date: 28-Apr-2014
From: Susanne Maria Michaelis <michaeliseva.mpg.de>
Subject: Grammatical Hybridization and Social Conditions
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Full Title: Grammatical Hybridization and Social Conditions

Date: 17-Oct-2014 - 18-Oct-2014
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact Person: Susanne Maria Michaelis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.eva.mpg.de/linguistics/conferences/grammatical-hybridization-and-social-conditions/index.html

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-May-2014

Meeting Description:

It is clear that different social conditions of language contact lead to different kinds of hybridization (= contact-induced change). In fact, Thomason & Kaufman (1988) have argued that the kinds of change that we find in contact situations primarily depend on the social conditions. But the exact dependencies between social situations and kinds of hybridization are still far from clear.

This workshop will work toward a more fine-grained and empirically based typology of the kinds of social encounters and their structural outcomes, with special reference to grammatical change. Eventually, we should be able to fill in the missing information in both directions:

(i) Given certain hybrid structures (e.g. word order calquing, loan valency, affix borrowing), which social settings (e.g. longstanding bilingualism, colonial plantation settings, written prestige language) are the most likely to have brought these linguistic structures about? And vice versa:

(ii) Given a specific social contact situation, which structural features do we expect as the result of such an encounter?

Call for Papers:

In this workshop we are primarily interested in grammatical hybridization, i.e. borrowing (adoption or imposition) of grammatical patterns or grammatical items. We welcome papers from different subdisciplines: historical linguistics, contact linguistics, pidgin and creole studies, quantitative linguistics.

Papers can treat specific language contact situations both on the individual and on the social level, as well as historical linguistic topics or papers generalizing over different kinds of contact situations.

Please send your anonymous abstracts (about 300 words) to: claudia_baveroeva.mpg.de.

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