LINGUIST List 24.2575

Tue Jun 25 2013

Confs: Historical Ling, Applied Ling, Socioling/Netherlands

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Date: 25-Jun-2013
From: Anne Rose Haverkamp <>
Subject: Workshop: Intentional (Contact-Induced) Language Change
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Workshop: Intentional (Contact-Induced) Language Change

Date: 27-Sep-2013 - 28-Sep-2013 Location: Leiden, Netherlands Contact: Bart Jacobs Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

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

Meeting Description:

This workshop explores intentional language change, that is, all language change (or non-change) which is triggered or carried out deliberately and with clearly identifiable social motivations. Some would claim that all language change is to some extent intentional. Yet there are many different degrees and types of intentional change. For instance, some speech communities consciously decide to change an entire lexicon, with the purpose of setting themselves apart from neighbouring communities. In other cases, linguistic taboo (the prohibition to utter certain words) can cause extreme changes in the lexicon. Combining theory and case studies, we hope to provide a coherent overview of, and shed light on, intentional change.

The workshop kicks off on Friday 27 September (from 9:30 to 11:15) with a masterclass taught by the contact linguist Sarah Tomason (University of Michigan). The aim of the masterclass is to provide a general introduction into the topic as well as an overview of the state of the art. We very much encourage students from all masters and research masters in linguistics to participate. There is no inscription fee, but if you plan to participate, please write a short, formless email to the organizers. After the masterclass, the workshop will continue with regular plenary papers in which fascinating case studies will be presented.

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