LINGUIST List 26.3335

Fri Jul 17 2015

Calls: Genetic Classification, Lang Documentation, Socioling, Typology/Italy

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 17-Jul-2015
From: Marco Tamburelli <>
Subject: Contested Languages in the Old World
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Full Title: Contested Languages in the Old World
Short Title: CLOW

Date: 05-May-2016 - 06-May-2016
Location: Turin, Italy
Contact Person: Mauro Tosco
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

Only a fraction of European languages listed in the 2010 “UNESCO Atlas of World’s Languages in Danger” enjoy some recognition within the state(s) in which they are spoken. There thus remain many European bilinguals who have linguistic rights only in one of their two mother tongues, often not their preferred one.

After the success of CLOW 2013, we are happy to announce CLOW 2016, to be held in Turin on 5th and 6th of May 2016. The conference aims to bring together linguists, political scientists, legal experts, writers, activists and other scholars working on the current status and future prospects of such ‘contested’ languages, as well as on issues of corpus and status planning and how these impact on both the speaker communities and the academic world.

Call for Papers:

Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW)
5-6 May 2016, University of Turin

We invite submission of abstracts for oral presentations (20min + 10mins questions) and poster sessions on, but not limited to, the following topics:

1. The status and/or corpus planning in one or more contested language(s) of Europe
2. Comparison of status and/or corpus planning levels between two or more contested language(s) or Europe
3. Speakers and government attitudes on specific contested languages of Europe
4. The impact of local legislation and/or local initiatives on the status and attitudes of contested languages in Europe
5. Issues of Abstand and Ausbau relating to one or more contested language(s) of Europe

Submission Details:

Please send 250-word abstracts (excluding references) to by the closing date of 31 December 2015.

Abstracts should be included as Word file attachments, and be anonymised. Please indicate clearly in your email whether your abstract is to be considered for a paper or poster, along with the following information:

- Name of presenter(s)
- University affiliation(s)
- Email address(es)

Proposers can expect to hear if their abstract has been accepted by January 30, 2016.

Format for Abstracts:

- Length: 250 words (excluding references)
- Font-size: 12 point, Times New Roman
- Margins: 1 inch

Important Deadlines:

Submission deadline: December 31, 2015
Notification: January 30, 2016

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