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Wed 25 Mar 1992

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  1. , Siouan and Caddoan
  2. "Pleh Csaba, Eastern European Sociolinguistics

Message 1: Siouan and Caddoan

Date: Sun, 22 Mar 92 11:50:11 CSSiouan and Caddoan
From: <FINGUKANVM.bitnet>
Subject: Siouan and Caddoan

The Mid-American Linguistics Conference and the Conference on Siouan
and Caddoan Languages will be held on October 18-19, 1992, at the Uni-
versity of Missouri-Columbia. Abstracts should be sent to Donald Lance,
Linguistics Program, 107 Tate, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211
(FAX 314-882-5785; e-mail or Louanna Furbee,
Anthropology, 200 Swallow Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
65211. Abstract deadline: September 1, 1992.
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Message 2: Eastern European Sociolinguistics

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 92 08:06:46 ESEastern European Sociolinguistics
From: "Pleh Csaba <>
Subject: Eastern European Sociolinguistics

 A Workshop at Indiana University, Bloomington


 MARCH 31, 1992, 1-6 P.M.
 (Corner of Atwater and Woodlawn, just south of the main campus)

 Participants in the workshop will discuss the present and likely
future course of sociolinguistic research in Eastern Europe and the
Soviet Union as a result of ongoing changes in the political and eco-
nomic systems of the former Soviet bloc. Sociolinguistics--the study of
how speech differences are stratified among classes and ethnic groups in
a society--will be used as an example of overall social science
research. Most of the conference participants have first-hand knowledge
of doing western-style sociolinguistics in former socialist countries,
and will discuss the difficulties of developing this highly charged
field in those countries, as well as describing how the field managed to
take root (where it did) in spite of these difficulties. In addition to
these historical questions, participants will consider potential social-
policy consequences of sociolinguistic findings in the former socialist
countries, including the effect of research on minority languages (e.g.,
Gypsy in Hungary, Hungarian in Slovakia) on policy decisions regarding
language and nationality rights.

 FORMAT OF THE WORKSHOP: Four countries, the former Soviet Union,
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland, will each be treated as a case
study of sociolinguistic development. The history and future prospects
of the field will be examined by researchers with experience in the
country in question. Time will be available for discussion among the
panelists and audience following the presentations on each country. We
are counting on the participation of faculty and students with interests
in the development of this and other fields of inquiry in these
countries to make the workshop a success!

 SPONSORED BY: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Uralic and
Altaic Studies, Office of International Programs, Polish Studies Center,
Program in TESOL and Applied Linguistics, Research and the University
Graduate School, and Russian and East European Institute, Working Group
on Transformation of Communist and Post-Communist Societies of the Cen-
ter for Global Change and World Peace.

 FOR MORE INFORMATION, or if you cannot attend but would like a set
of summaries of the presentations, contact Jeffrey Harlig, Department of
Uralic and Altaic Studies (tel: (812) 855-2233; e-mail: PRISM::HARLIGJ/

Workshop participants and Coffee Break 3:00-3:15
 CASE 3: HUNGARY 3:15-4:15
INTRODUCTION -- Problems of Miklos Kontra (Linguistics
social science in Eastern Europe Institute, Hungarian Academy of
1:00-1:30 Sciences), Csaba Pleh (IU
Jeffrey Harlig (IU Bloomington) Bloomington, Eotvos University,
SOVIET UNION 1:30-2:30 CASE 4: POLAND 4:15-5:15
Allen Grimshaw (IU Bloomington), Karol Janicki (Adam Mickiewicz
Curt Woolhiser (IU Bloomington) University, Poznan), Dennis Preston
 (Michigan State University)
Louise Hammer (IU Bloomington) General discussion period 5:15-6:00
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