LINGUIST List 26.3100

Wed Jul 01 2015

Calls: Anthropological Ling, General Ling, Socioling/Georgia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 01-Jul-2015
From: Stefanie Böhm <>
Subject: The Impact of Socio-Political Transformations on Language and Identity
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Full Title: The Impact of Socio-Political Transformations on Language and Identity

Date: 18-Feb-2016 - 20-Feb-2016
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
Contact Person: Stefanie Böhm
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

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

Call Deadline: 31-Jul-2015

Meeting Description:

Multilingualism appears in most societies of the world. Current socio-political transformations, in particular the increasing migration processes, give rise to new multi-ethnic and multilingual situations that motivate changes in languages and communities. This conference focuses on the impact of these processes in two areas: (a) linguistic phenomena, and (b) phenomena related to group identities.

Some primary questions which may be explored at the conference are:

Language Change:

- What is the impact of increasing multilingualism in the different levels of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon)?
- What is the relation between the phenomena in multilingual situations to the generalizations about language contact and grammar?
- How can we distinguish between effects of language contact (in bilingual societies) and effects of language attrition (in the younger generations of threatened languages)?


- What role does language contact play in the process of forming, transforming, and negotiating group identities?
- How are these multifaceted identities displayed in interaction?
- Are there contexts in which heritage languages may be or may become less important for group belonging – for example contexts in which religious, political or social affiliation take priority over language competences?

Language change and identity:

- How do language change and changing identities interact?

Conference Description:

A three-day conference on “The impact of socio-political transformations on language and identity” will take place at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (Tbilisi, Georgia), 18-20 February 2016.

Invited Speakers: To be announced

Organization Committee:

Stefanie Böhm (Bielefeld University), Johanna Lorenz (Bielefeld University), Prof. Dr. Rusudan Asatiani (Tbilisi State University), Svetlana Berikashvili (Tbilisi State University), Concha Maria Höfler (European University Viadrina), Dr. Natia Jalabadze (Tbilisi State University), Prof. Dr. Marika Jikia (Tbilisi State University), Prof. Dr. Konstanze Jungbluth (European University Viadrina), Ekaterine Kartvelishvili (Tbilisi State University), Prof. Dr. Zaal Kikvidze (Kutaisi State University), Nika Loladze (Tbilisi State University), Prof. Dr. Liana Melikishvili (Georgian Academy of Sciences), Prof. Dr. Sophie Shamanidi (Tbilisi State University), Prof. Dr. Stavros Skopeteas (Bielefeld University), Nutsa Tsereteli (Tbilisi State University).

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts (maximum 300 words) for presentations which are concerned with the impact of contact situations on language change and ethnicity. The conference will have a focus on the current developments in the Caucasus. Contributions relating to the topic of the conference based on research in other parts of the world are welcome too!

Please include the title of your paper, author(s’) name(s), affiliation and contact email address of the correspondent author in the body of your message. Please submit your anonymized abstract electronically in pdf-format to Carolin Brokmann (

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31-July-2015
Notification of Acceptance: 30-August-2015

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