LINGUIST List 23.3243

Tue Jul 31 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/Australia

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 30-Jul-2012
From: Bill Palmer <>
Subject: 9th International Conference on Oceanic Languages
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Full Title: 9th International Conference on Oceanic Languages Short Title: COOL9
Date: 04-Feb-2013 - 08-Feb-2013 Location: Newcastle, NSW, Australia Contact Person: Åshild Næss
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 13-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

The 9th International Conference on Oceanic Languages will be held in Newcastle, Australia, hosted by the University of Newcastle's Faculty of Education and Arts, and the Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application Research Group.

The Oceanic branch of the Austronesian language family includes more than 500 languages spoken throughout Island Melanesia, coastal Papua New Guinea, Polynesia and Micronesia. The languages show a high degree of linguistic diversity and are of considerable wider scientific significance, and many are highly endangered. The COOL conference series is dedicated to research on Oceanic languages and their multifaceted linguistic, social, cultural and historical contexts. It embraces research in all aspects of language within the Oceanic speaking world, including language contact, as well as Papuan languages, pidgins and creoles, and European languages in the Oceaniasphere.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Maria Polinsky (Harvard) 'Deriving Ergativity in Oceanic Languages'Dr Michael Dunn (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) 'Patterns and Processes of Language Contact in Oceania'

Themed Sessions:

The conference includes two themed sessions linked to the plenary lectures.

Themed session 1: 'Formal Perspectives on Oceanic.' This session examines aspects of Oceanic languages that are significant from the perspective of wider formal theories of language, including issues which pose challenges for formal theories, as well as ways in which formal theoretical approaches cast light on the nature of Oceanic languages. Plenary speaker: Prof. Maria Polinsky (Harvard) 'Deriving ergativity in Oceanic Languages'.

Themed session 2: 'Perspectives on Language Contact in the Oceaniasphere.' This session focuses on all aspects of language contact in the Oceanic-speaking region, including Oceanic-Oceanic contact, Oceanic-Papuan contact, interaction between language contact and genetic affiliation in Oceanic, and contact between Oceanic and/or Papuan languages with pidgins/creoles and metropolitan languages. Papers within all approaches and on all topics ranging from grammatical to sociolinguistic are welcome. Plenary speaker: Dr Michael Dunn (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics) 'Patterns and Processes of Language Contact in Oceania'.

2nd Call for Papers:

We warmly welcome abstracts on all topics relating to language in the Oceaniasphere, including for the two themed sessions: 'Formal Perspectives on Oceanic' and 'Perspectives on Language Contact in the Oceaniasphere.' In addition to these topics, we warmly welcome abstracts on all other topics relating to language in the Oceaniasphere, including, but not limited to:

- Language description- Language documentation and field linguistics- Oceanic typology- History and genealogical relationships of Oceanic languages- Sociolinguistics in the Oceaniasphere- Papuan languages of the Oceaniasphere- Pidgins and creoles of the Oceaniasphere- Language endangerment and linguistic ecology- Lexicography in the Oceaniasphere- Cross-disciplinary studies involving linguistics in the Oceaniasphere- Varieties of metropolitan languages in the Oceaniasphere

Abstract Submission:

Please submit abstracts of no more than one A4 page plus one additional page for examples and references if desired. Abstracts should be submitted as pdf, in Times New Roman (with DoulosSIL for examples if IPA required), in 12 point, with 2.5cm margins.

Please do NOT include your name and affiliation in the abstract itself, and all abstracts must be fully anonymized. However, in the body of your email please provide the title of your paper, and your name and affiliation.

Abstracts should be submitted as an attachment emailed to Emails should have the subject line 'COOL abstract'. Participants may submit up to one single-authored paper and one joint-authored paper. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion time.

If you wish to have your paper included in one of the themed sessions please indicate this in the body of your email.

Abstracts are due by end 13 August 2012. Acceptances will be notified by 10 September 2012.

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