LINGUIST List 26.992

Wed Feb 18 2015

Calls: Romance, General Linguistics/Belgium

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Date: 17-Feb-2015
From: Miriam Bouzouita <>
Subject: Ibero-Romance in Contact and in Contrast
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Full Title: Ibero-Romance in Contact and in Contrast
Short Title: IberoCon

Date: 14-Dec-2015 - 16-Dec-2015
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact Person: Renata Enghels
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2015

Meeting Description:

The Section Spanish and Portuguese of the Linguistics Department of Ghent University is proud to announce the conference Ibero-Romance Languages in Contact and in Contrast.

As is the case with any other natural language, the Ibero-Romance languages have entered in contact with diverse languages, due to their particular historical, geographical and political situations. The resulting diversification is apparent at the intercontinental, international, national and local level. Obvious examples are the European and Latin-American variants. Moreover, the colonialist and commercial endeavours that were undertaken in the previous centuries have contributed to the emergence of particular language contact situations over different continents, which have been an inexhaustible source of interesting language phenomena that have caught linguists’ attention. Therefore, the Ibero-Romance languages, as languages in contact and contrast with other languages, can be studied from various perspectives and within different approaches. In particular, interested researchers are kindly invited to present their work relating to the following issues:

– Comparison of different varieties from the local to the intercontinental level (e.g. European, Latin-American, and African varieties, minority languages, …)
– Contrastive syntactic, semantic and/or pragmatic analyses of two or more (Ibero-) Romance languages (e.g. the study of cognates in syntax and in the lexicon such as, the diverging polysemy of similar lexemes, different grammaticalization paths, the contrastive study of grammatical constructions, the dative, …)
– Linguistic fixation and standardization (cf. orthographic norms, language politics, etc.)
– Language contact inside the Ibero-Romance area
– Creole languages, Judeo-Spanish, Spanglish
– Ibero-Romance case studies that show that language contact can both accelerate and slow down linguistic change
– Case studies on the convergence or divergence of the Ibero-Romance languages
– Grammaticalization due to language contact

Plenary Speakers:

- Johannes Kabatek (Universität Zürich)
- Anthony Grant (Edge Hill University)
- José Luis Blas Arroyo (Universitat Jaume I)


Early bird registration and registration of participants: Before the end of May 2015
Conference dates: December 14-16, 2015

Local Organizers:

Miriam Bouzouita (Ghent University)
Renata Enghels (Ghent University)
Clara Vanderschueren (Ghent University)
Idalina Costa (Ghent University, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
Elisa Bekaert (Ghent University)
Marie Comer (Ghent University)
Kris Helincks (Ghent University)
Marlies Jansegers (Ghent University)
Hugo Salgado (Ghent University)
Sanne Tanghe (Ghent University)
Kim Wylin (Ghent University)

Final Call for Papers:

Deadline: February 28, 2015

We invite abstracts for regular 20-minute conference presentations, which will be reviewed anonymously. Abstracts must not exceed 500 words, including references and data, and should mention main research question(s), methodology, dataset and (expected) results. The conference languages are any of the Ibero-Romance languages and English.

Please send in your abstract via the website of the conference:
Please do not reveal the identity of the author(s) in the abstract.

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: February 28, 2015
Notification of acceptance: End of April 2015

Scientific Committee:

Miriam Bouzouita (Ghent University)
Renata Enghels (Ghent University)
Clara Vanderschueren (Ghent University)
Bert Cornillie (KULeuven)
Pedro Gras (University of Antwerp)
An Vande Casteele (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Eugeen Roegiest (Ghent University)
Johannes Kabatek (Universität Zürich)
Anthony Grant (Edge Hill University)
José Luis Blas Arroyo (Universitat Jaume I)
Elena Azofra (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia)
Kim Schulte (Universitat Jaume I)
Marleen Van Peteghem (Ghent University)
Augusto Soares da Silva (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga)
Rainer Vesterinen (University of Stockholm)
Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge)
Barbara de Cock (Université Catholique de Louvain)

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