LINGUIST List 26.5334

Mon Nov 30 2015

Summer Schools: International Summer School “Language and Space”/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 30-Nov-2015
From: Aurélia Robert-Tissot <>
Subject: International Summer School “Language and Space”/Switzerland
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International Summer School “Language and Space”/Switzerland

Host Institution: Universität Zürich
Coordinating Institution:

Dates: 04-Sep-2016 - 09-Sep-2016
Location: Kappel am Albis, Switzerland

Focus: Communication is inherently linked to physical and social space both in the sense of language areas (dialects and language contact situations) and in the sense of everyday interactions (interaction spaces). By choosing a particular language or regional variety, we identify with and/or distinguish ourselves from others. Modeling these choices is far from being a straight-forward process, and the nature of spatial limits to dialects and languages or the mapping of linguistic data to the actual landscape are still not sufficiently understood. In addition, defining interactional spaces poses a challenge to linguistic research at the micro-level of face-to-face communication, with its complex interplay involving perceptions, movements, and actions.

Seven leading experts in the area of language and space will present and discuss their recent research findings in these fields. Students will also have a chance to present their own research projects if they wish.
The course is restricted to 32 participants. Deadline for applications: January 20, 2016. Letters of acceptance will be sent by February 29, 2016. Late applications will be considered until the course is fully booked but application during the official application period is strongly recommended.
Minimum Education Level: MA

Course Listings:

Naomi Baron, American University, Washington, DC
- When space is virtual: Redefining reading and memory

Ellen Brandner, University of Konstanz
- Varying areal patterns of syntactic variation

Curdin Derungs and Robert Weibel, University of Zurich
- Spatial analysis and visualization of linguistic data

Andreas H. Jucker, University of Zurich
- Interactional architecture, space and virtual worlds

Crispin Thurlow, University of Berne
- Non-places, empty spaces and the anti-communicational ethos of
elite mobility

Peter Trudgill, University of Agder
- The spatial diffusion of English as a mother tongue

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics, Dialectology, Areal Linguistics, Interactional Linguistics

Tuition: 650 CHF

Tuition Explanation: 650 CHF (ca 600 EUR; 650 USD), including board and lodging and excursion

Registration: 01-Dec-2015 to 20-Jan-2016

Contact Person: Raffaela Zaugg

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Please, send CV, a letter of motivation and a brief abstract of your current research project (no more than 500 words each) in one pdf file.

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