LINGUIST List 27.1877

Fri Apr 22 2016

Confs: Hist of Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 21-Apr-2016
From: Wendy Ayres-Bennett <>
Subject: Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics
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Distant and Neglected Voices: Women in the History of Linguistics

Date: 28-Jun-2016 - 29-Jun-2016
Location: Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace, London, United Kingdom
Contact: Wendy Ayres-Bennett
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The role played by women in the history of linguistics has not yet received the scholarly attention it deserves, despite current interest in linguistic historiography and questions of language and gender.

This conference will consider the contribution of women as linguists in different linguistic and cultural contexts, both European and non-European. The focus will be particularly on the period 1500 until the institutionalisation of linguistics as a discipline in the twentieth century. The term 'linguist' will be understood broadly, to include contributions offered to the discipline and the study of language structure and function outside more institutionalised and traditional frameworks.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

9.00 Registration and refreshments

Session I: ‘From the Latin and Greek Worlds to the European Tradition: Women’s Role in Language Codification’.
Chair: Professor John Joseph, University of Edinburgh

Anneli Luhtala, University of Helsinki
‘Visible and Invisible Women in the Ancient Linguistic Culture’

In conversation: Helena Sanson, University of Cambridge and Wendy Ayres‐Bennett, University of Cambridge
‘From the Margins: Women and Language in the Italian Tradition’ and ‘Women as Authors, Authorities and Audience: The French Tradition’

Petros Karatsareas, University of Westminster
‘The role of women in the advancement of Modern Greek dialectology’

11.00 Refreshments

Session II: ‘Women Writing about the Spanish and Portuguese Languages on the Two Sides of the Atlantic’
Chair: Professor Nigel Vincent FBA, The University of Manchester

María Luisa Calero Vaquera, University Córdoba
‘La “linguistique souterraine” des femmes dans la tradition espagnole’

Marli Quadros Leite, University of Sao Paolo
‘Portuguese‐Language Grammarian Women and their Works in Brazil’

12.45 Lunch

Session III: ‘Women Writing on Language in the North of Europe and Russia’
Chair: Profesor Andrew Linn, University of Westminster

Nicola McLelland, University of Nottingham
‘Man ist frau: Women in German Language Studies, 1700‐1920’

Marijke van der Wal, University of Leiden
‘The Mysterious Role of Women in Dutch Language History’

Tove Bull, University of Tromsø, and Toril Swan, University of Tromsø
‘Women in the History of Linguistics in Scandinavian Countries’

Sylvie Archaimbault, Université Paris‐Sorbonne
‘Russian Linguistics in the Feminine’

16.00 Refreshments


Close of first day

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Session IV ‘Women and Language between the Old and the New World: on
English, on Celtic’
Chair: Dr David Cram, University of Oxford

In conversation: Carol Percy, University of Toronto, and Margaret Thomas, Boston College
‘The British Tradition: Women Linguists of English to 1900’ and ‘American Women’s Contributions to the History of Linguistics’

Bernhard Maier, University of Tübingen
'Lexicographers, Collectors, Activists and Linguists: Women in the history of Celtic Studies'

10.30 Refreshments

Session V ‘Women’s Voices on Language in the East and Far East’
Chair: Professor Charlotte Brewer, University of Oxford

Laurie Patton, Middlebury
‘A Brief History of Women and Sanskrit in India’

Mariarosaria Gianninoto, University of Grenoble
‘Women in the History of Chinese Linguistics’

Momoko Nakamura, University of Kanto Gakuin
‘Women’s Innovative Speech in Japan’s National Language Formation’

12.30 Lunch

Session VI ‘Breaking the Silence: Women Speaking and Writing on Language
across the World’
Chair: Professor Lynda Mugglestone, University of Oxford

Fatima Sadiqi, University of Fez
‘Women’s Role in the Arabic Sciences of Language’

Helma Pasch, University of Köln
‘Women in African Linguistics’

Eve Okura, University of Hawaii at Manoa
‘Women in the History of American Indian linguistics’

Jane Simpson, Australian National University of Canberra
‘A Well‐Stored Sewing Basket: Women and Language Work in Early Australia’

15.30 Refreshments


Close of conference

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