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Full Title: On the Border of Language and Dialect

Location: Joensuu, Finland
Start Date: 04-Jun-2014 - 06-Jun-2014
Contact: Marjatta Palander
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Meeting Description: On the Border of Language and Dialect
Symposium to be held at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 4-6 June 2014

The symposium is organized by FINKA, a research project that focuses on Karelian, an endangered Finnic language that is currently spoken in two nations, Finland and Russia. In the case of Karelian, the effects of political state borders and language politics have led to a situation where the boundaries between a dialect and a language appear extremely fuzzy both linguistically and mentally, giving rise to a wide range of intriguing research topics. The project approaches Karelian from various theoretical viewpoints, including contact linguistics, theories of grammaticalization, language typology and folk linguistics. The research topics range from diachronic grammaticalization processes and contact-induced changes to the emergence of mixed idiolects in contact with a close cognate, the Finnish language, and to non-linguists’ perceptions of the Karelian language.

In its final year, FINKA will organize the symposium ‘On the Border of Language and Dialect’, aiming to address the practical and mental boundaries of nation states and national languages, dialects and other varieties. It is our pleasure to invite to Joensuu researchers who are interested in the consequences of changing political boundaries and language-political practices, for example the emergence and creation of new varieties and languages, language endangerment and revitalization.

The invited speakers of the symposium are:

Riho Grünthal (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Dennis R. Preston (Oklahoma State University, U.S.)
Anneli Sarhimaa (The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany)

The participation fee is 50 € (or 30 € (for students and PhD students). The working language of the symposium is English.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 24.1744

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