LINGUIST List 19.3772

Tue Dec 09 2008

Calls: General Ling/USA; General Ling,Historical Ling/Latvia

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        1.    Rebecca Shields, Workshop in General Linguistics
        2.    Heiko Marten, 2nd International Conference on Latgalistics

Message 1: Workshop in General Linguistics
Date: 08-Dec-2008
From: Rebecca Shields <>
Subject: Workshop in General Linguistics
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Full Title: Workshop in General Linguistics Short Title: WIGL

Date: 24-Apr-2009 - 25-Apr-2009 Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA Contact Person: Blake Rodgers Meeting Email: by Feb. 15, 2009. You will be notified of the status of your submission by March 1. Abstracts should be anonymous, with only the title of the paper at the top of the page. In the body of the email message, please include the following identifying information: -Author's name -Affiliation (institution and department) -Title of paper -Email address that should be used to contact the author
Message 2: 2nd International Conference on Latgalistics
Date: 06-Dec-2008
From: Heiko Marten <>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Latgalistics
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Latgalistics

Date: 15-Oct-2009 - 17-Oct-2009 Location: Rezekne, Latvia Contact Person: Ilga Suplinska Meeting Email: Web Site:

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

Call Deadline: 01-May-2009

Meeting Description:

The 2nd International Conference on Latgalistics follows the first such conference held in St.Petersburg in September 2008. Topics from linguistics, literary sciences, history, and folklore from the region of Latgale in Eastern Latvia will be put into an interdisciplinary perspective of international studies on multilingualism, multiculturalism, regional and minority languages, and centre-and-periphery studies.

Call for Papers

The 1st International Conference on Latgalian Studies took place from September 19th-20th, 2008 in Saint-Petersburg with the aim of starting off a new tradition of conferences. In the second conference, we will be aiming for a more general debate on a new understanding of centres and peripheries from a perspective of regional and minority languages, folklore, literature, and processes which are connected with these topics in society, education and politics, such as regionalism, questions of locality and globality, decentralisation, identity, and multiculturalism. The point of departure of the discussions will be based on issues relating to the region of Latgale - but scholars working on one or several of the conference fields regarding other regions are wholeheartedly encouraged to participate in order to give the conference a contrastive perspective.

The conference will also provide the framework for the presentation of the results of the Ethnolinguistic Survey of Latgale, conducted by R?zekne University College and the University of Milan, in the monograph Valodas Austrumlatvij? (Languages in Eastern Latvia). Interested scientists as well as representatives of cultural and educational institutions and the media are kindly invited also to this event.

The conference envisages to create interdisciplinary debates between the following fields: - Applied linguistics, - Theoretical linguistics, - History of culture and art, - Folklore and literary science, and - Innovative methods in the teaching of language, culture or history.

The conference will be dedicated to the commemoration of the Latgalian poet Marija And??ne who would have turned 100 years on September 8th, 2009. In 1933, Marija And??ne published the first collection of her poetry, Reits (Morning), in which for the first time the orthographic principles of Latgalian as developed by P. Strods were used. After World War II, the poet lived in the United States, where she became the most recognised representative of Latgalian poetry. M. And??ne studied educational science at the State Teachers' Institute in R?zekne, the predecessor of today's R?zekne University College. She collected Latgalian folklore, and was through her work an inspiration for many pupils. Her life and work are an excellent example of active philological work as a contribution to the development and maintenance of traditional languages, literature and folklore.