LINGUIST List 19.3668

Mon Dec 01 2008

Calls: General Ling/Canada; General Ling,Socioling/Estonia

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <>

        1.    Jessica Spieker, Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
        2.    Anne Tamm, Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism

Message 1: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
Date: 30-Nov-2008
From: Jessica Spieker <>
Subject: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research
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Full Title: Interdisciplinary Student Symposium: Language Research Short Title: WISSLR

Date: 06-Mar-2009 - 07-Mar-2009 Location: London, ON, Canada Contact Person: Jessica Spieker Meeting Email:, by Friday January 9, 2009. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday January 23, 2009. Please send your anonymous abstract as an attachment, and include your name, school, and whether you prefer to present in person or via the internet in the body of your email. Partial travel assistance may be available for some participants coming to London for this event.

Theme: Interdisciplinary Language Research Plenary Speaker: Robert Stainton (UWO Philosophy): "Are all Pragmatic Abilities of a Piece? Evidence from Autism Spectrum Disorder"

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 9, 2009 Notification by: Friday, January 23, 2009 Date of WISSLR: Friday March 6, 2009 (possibly continuing March 7, depending on response).
Message 2: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism
Date: 30-Nov-2008
From: Anne Tamm <>
Subject: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism
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Full Title: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism Short Title: LCC09

Date: 28-May-2009 - 28-May-2009 Location: Tartu, Estonia Contact Person: Anne Tamm Meeting Email: Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The workshop is on language contact and language change in multiple and bimodal bilingual minorities.

Call for Papers

The workshop aims at exploring the language contact and language change phenomena that characterize multiple linguistic minorities. It focuses on but is not confined to signed, Uralic and Caucasian languages.

On the one hand, we intend to explore the situation of bimodal bilingualism. Data from changes in multi-modal bilingual contexts can lead to new insights into bilingualism, the typology and structure of languages, and language change and contact in general. Research into bimodal bilingualism can draw upon several methods and approaches developed for studying the bilingualism of other minority languages, and vice versa.

On the other hand, we know that it is difficult to reach the bilingual individuals and communities that are deaf and belong to several linguistic minorities. Therefore, we approach the bimodal target via individual studies on minority languages. More specifically, we concentrate on the issue of language change in contact in the context of a typologically wide range of minority languages. We are looking for answers to questions such as the following:

- How do deaf children of (hearing) parents belonging to linguistic minorities (e.g., Nganasan) communicate with the Deaf communities in their country and with their own parents? - How does their language change? - How can we test the change in the structure of the languages in contact in a uniform way? - What are the factors that influence the developments? - Can we work towards a typology?

Invited Keynote Speakers: Csilla Bartha (hearing) Ă–sten Dahl (hearing) Tatiana Davidenko (Deaf) Gaurav Mathur (Deaf) Johanna Mesch (Deaf) Helle Metslang (hearing) Christian Rathmann (Deaf) Don Stilo (hearing)

Check for updates, our interdisciplinary areas, and more research questions at

Submission (deadline January 15, 2009, notification January 31, 2009). Abstracts (in English, maximum 2 pages, including data and references) have to be submitted electronically as portable document format (.pdf) or Microsoft Word (.doc) files via the EasyChair conference management system (

If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on the button "I have no EasyChair Account" on that page and follow the instructions. When you receive a password, you can enter the site and upload your abstract.