LINGUIST List 26.2909

Mon Jun 15 2015

Calls: Applied Ling, Cognitive Sci, General Ling, Socioling, Typology/Portugal

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 15-Jun-2015
From: Hugo Cardoso <>
Subject: 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable
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Full Title: 32nd South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable
Short Title: SALA-32

Date: 27-Apr-2016 - 29-Apr-2016
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Contact Person: Hugo Cardoso
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 20-Sep-2015

Meeting Description:

Portuguese involvement in the description of South Asian languages dates back to the late 15th century, when a short Malayalam vocabulary was appended to the logbook of Vasco da Gama’s first voyage to India. The ensuing production of grammars, dictionaries and translations turned Lisbon into one of the first European centres for the diffusion of linguistic knowledge about South Asia and, as a result, some of the earliest grammars of South Asian languages (such as Tamil, Konkani, Sinhala, or Bangla) produced by Europeans are nowadays preserved in Portuguese libraries and archives.

In view of this tradition, the Centre for Linguistics of the University of Lisbon is happy to host the 32nd edition of the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-32) between April 27 and 29, 2016.

SALA began in 1978 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has since then become established as one of the principal fora for the scholarly discussion of South Asian linguistics. Traditionally, SALA has been receptive to any descriptive, theoretical, or applied linguistic research concerning the languages of South Asia; the 32nd edition is expected to be equally broad-ranging in terms of the topics and languages represented.

Plenary speakers (confirmed so far):

- Anju Saxena (Uppsala University)
- Ian Smith (York University)

Call for Papers:

We invite submission of abstracts for SALA-32.

The 32nd edition of the South Asian Languages Analysis Roundtable (SALA-32) will take place at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, on April 27-29, 2016. We invite submission of abstracts for individual papers before September 20, 2015.

Any descriptive, theoretical, or applied linguistic research concerning one or more of the languages of South Asia – broadly defined – is welcome.

Considering the location of this meeting, we encourage the submission of abstracts concerning the linguistic effects of the centuries-old interaction between South Asian languages and Portuguese. Further possible topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Descriptive studies of any aspect of a South Asian language or languages
- Comparative and typological studies
- Cognitive and psycholinguistic studies
- Language contact
- Pragmatics and discourse analysis
- Sociolinguistics
- Historical linguistics and language change
- Philology
- Translation studies
- Computational linguistics
- Corpus and quantitative linguistic studies
- Language endangerment, preservation and documentation
- Language learning, acquisition, and teaching
- Language policies

Paper presentations will consist of a 20 minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Paper abstracts should be no longer than 800 words, excluding reference list.

We encourage submission of abstracts from early-career researchers, including postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers.

All abstracts must be submitted before September 20th 2015 using the EasyAbs online platform. To submit, click on and upload your abstract in either .doc, .pdf, or .txt format.

Any questions may be addressed to the organisers by email to:

Further information will be available soon at:

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