LINGUIST List 26.5475

Wed Dec 09 2015

Calls: Georgian, Kartvelian, Ling Theories/USA

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 09-Dec-2015
From: Maria Polinsky <>
Subject: The South Caucasian Chalk Circle: Philology Meets Linguistics
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Full Title: The South Caucasian Chalk Circle: Philology Meets Linguistics

Date: 22-Sep-2016 - 24-Sep-2016
Location: Brookline, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Contact Person: Maria Polinsky
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories

Subject Language(s): Georgian

Language Family(ies): Kartvelian

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

The South Caucasian Chalk Circle: Philology meets Linguistics
September 22-24, 2016
Paris, The University of Chicago Center

Ioana Chitoran (U Paris Diderot)
Lenore Grenoble (U of Chicago)
Léa Nash (U Paris 8)
Maria Polinsky (U of Maryland)

This workshop will bring together linguists working on different aspects of the scientific study of language and experts in Georgian and South Caucasian (Kartvelian) languages. Its primary goal is to promote a dialogue between scholars from different approaches, established scholars, as well as graduate students and young scholars at the beginning of their career.

Georgian and the small language family to which it belongs (Laz, Mingrelian, Svan) manifest a dazzling array of unusual linguistic characteristics and are associated with a strong philological tradition in Georgia itself. Researchers who do not read Georgian or Russian may be familiar with some aspects of these languages thanks to the work of Western scholars like Stephen Anderson, Alice Harris, George Hewitt, Alec Marantz, or Stavros Skopeteas. However, the languages in the Kartvelian family deserve more attention from scholars, and could be explored in greater detail by an international team that would bring together specialists versed in the Georgian linguistic and philological tradition and general linguists working on phonology, syntax, language acquisition, language variation, and sentence processing, whether they are or not experts on Kartvelian. This workshop is part of the bilateral effort to create closer ties between two research communities, both invested in the study of individual Kartvelian languages or of comparative aspects of Kartvelian languages.

Call for Papers:

There will be no invited talks; instead, there will be four panels addressing specific questions (the questions will be developed in preparation for the workshop and shared ahead of time across a wide distribution list):

- Phonetics and phonology
- Argument alignment
- Experimental work
- Language variation, contact, and change

In addition to the panels, the workshop will include three tutorials (on phonetics and phonology, variation, and experimental work in the field) and a poster session. Poster abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of experts, and preference will be given to posters by younger researchers. The deadline for abstract submission is April 30, 2016. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (excluding references).

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