LINGUIST List 26.4977

Mon Nov 09 2015

Calls: Afrikaans, General Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Documentation, Socioling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 07-Nov-2015
From: Andries Coetzee <>
Subject: Afrikaans Grammar: Descriptive and Theoretical Perspectives
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Full Title: Afrikaans Grammar: Descriptive and Theoretical Perspectives

Date: 25-Aug-2016 - 26-Aug-2016
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Andries Coetzee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Afrikaans

Call Deadline: 15-May-2016

Meeting Description:

Afrikaans is unique among the Germanic languages in several ways: Notably, it is the only language of the Germanic family that originated outside of Europe and that is spoken primarily in Africa. Due to the unique historical context in which Afrikaans developed, it has grammatical features setting it apart from the rest of the Germanic family. Afrikaans is also the first language of over seven million people and the third largest language in South Africa.

In spite of its uniqueness and the size of the Afrikaans speech community, Afrikaans is relatively understudied and underdescribed from the perspective of theoretical linguistics. This workshop seeks to address the paucity of descriptive and theoretical studies of Afrikaans in contemporary linguistics by bringing together scholars who work on any aspect of Afrikaans grammar for a two day workshop.

Call for Papers:

We welcome contributions on any aspect of Afrikaans grammar, from both a descriptive and theoretical perspective. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

Phonetics (acoustic, articulatory, perceptual)
History of Afrikaans
Sociolinguistics of Afrikaans
Dialectology and varieties of Afrikaans

To ensure that contributions to the workshop will be accessible to the widest possible audience, the language of the workshop will be English.

Submission guidelines: We invite abstract submissions in English on any topic related to the workshop theme. Presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts should be anonymous and no longer than 2 pages (A4 or letter, 12pt font), including examples, figures and references (if any). Anonymous abstracts in pdf format should be submitted to no later than 23:59 pm Amsterdam/Johannesburg time on May 15, 2016.

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