LINGUIST List 26.3394

Thu Jul 23 2015

Calls: Arabic, Standard, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, Yiddish, Eastern, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Socioling/

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Date: 23-Jul-2015
From: Daniel Shetreet <>
Subject: Language Contact, Continuity and Change in the Emergence of Modern Hebrew
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Full Title: Language Contact, Continuity and Change in the Emergence of Modern Hebrew
Short Title: EMH-2016

Date: 04-Jul-2016 - 06-Jul-2016
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Contact Person: Daniel Shetreet
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Arabic, Standard; Hebrew; Polish; Russian; Yiddish, Eastern

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

We invite new descriptive and theoretical work concerned with language contact and language change, which can provide a basis and framework for the systematic study of the formative stages and the linguistic properties of Modern Hebrew, the spoken language which emerged in the process known as the “revival of Hebrew”. We wish to gain insight from research on varying stages of Modern Hebrew and more general research on other instances of language continuity and change in the context of language contact.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Enoch Aboh, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moshe Bar-Asher, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and The Academy of the Hebrew Language
Larry Horn, Yale University
Brian Joseph, Ohio State University
Tania Kouteva, SOAS, University of London
Anthony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania
Claire Lefebvre, Université du Québec à Montréal
Carmel O'Shannessy, University of Michigan
Asya Pereltsvaig, Stanford University
Ian Roberts, University of Cambridge
Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University
Fred Weerman, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Call for Papers:

The following are possible relevant topics for the conference:

1. Description and characterization of the revival of Hebrew, preferably with emphasis on the less studied aspects (morphology and syntax), and how the early language of the non-native speakers differed from that of the first native speakers.
2. Different forms of language contact and planned language change – e.g. revival, standardization, language maintenance – in the history of Hebrew and other languages: Arabic diglossia, revival of Syriac in the Galilee, Yiddish in Haredi communities, Welsh and Manx in Britain, revival of tribal languages in America, Australia, Scandinavia, revival of local Italian dialects, etc.
3. Theoretical models of language variation and change, and the role of language contact.
4. Theoretical work on the nature of heritage languages and creoles. Though Modern Hebrew differs from both, it has a history which does not reflect ordinary language transmission.
5. The role of children: to what extent does the theory of language acquisition, and in particular bilingual language acquisition, inform the process of language revival? Are the same mechanisms operational in both situations?

Anonymous abstracts for 30-minute talks should be submitted online via EasyChair by January 31, 2016. They should not exceed two pages (including references) in a 12-point font. The conference will be held mainly in English, but will include special sessions in Hebrew. Abstracts for the Hebrew sessions should be sent in Hebrew. Send any questions to Selected papers will be published as a refereed book.

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