LINGUIST List 27.2366

Fri May 27 2016

Calls: Germanic, General Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 25-May-2016
From: Gunther De Vogelaer <>
Subject: Germanic, General Ling/Germany
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Full Title: A Germanic Sandwich 2017

Date: 17-Mar-2017 - 18-Mar-2017
Location: Münster, Germany
Contact Person: Gunther De Vogelaer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2016

Meeting Description:

In his 1956 book, the renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen showed that Dutch not only holds the middle ground between German and English with respect to the area where it is spoken, but is also 'in between' these languages in a highly systematic way when it comes to its linguistic structure. Whereas Van Haeringen's explanation for this 'Germanic Sandwich' pattern focused on the historical drift in Dutch towards more analytical structures, later comparative investigations have not only included many more linguistic phenomena in the analysis, but also highlighted structural and typological aspects, and explored psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic explanations.

Since 2005, in which the appearance of van Haeringen's book was commemorated in Berlin, a conference series is devoted to the comparative study of Dutch, German and English. Subsequent editions of the “Germanic Sandwich” conference were held in Sheffield (2008), Oldenburg (2010), Leuven (2013), and Nottingham (2015). The next edition will be organized on 17-18 March, 2017 at the University of Münster (Germany).

Prof. Damaris Nübling (Mainz) has agreed to deliver a keynote address.

Scientific committee:

Matthias Hüning (FU Berlin), Ann Marynissen (Universität zu Köln), Esther Ruigendijk (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg), Alan Scott (University of Nottingham), Hans Smessaert (KU Leuven), Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven), Roel Vismans (University of Sheffield), Gunther De Vogelaer (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster), Ulrike Vogl (Universität Wien), Fred Weerman (Universiteit van Amsterdam), Ton van der Wouden (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam)

Call for Papers:

We are inviting abstracts for presentations comparing any aspect of Dutch to German, English, and/or other Germanic languages. We welcome studies with a typological and/or comparative perspective, dealing with questions about structural aspects of the languages, their history or their status. Studies from a language acquisition or psycholinguistic perspective are also welcome. Since we are aiming at participation of both experienced and young scholars, we especially encourage young researchers to submit their abstracts. If the number of high-quality submissions exceeds the available time slots, we will consider organizing a poster session.

Abstract submission:

Presentations are 20 minutes (+ 10 min. discussion). Conference languages are Dutch, English and German. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and should be submitted via LinguistList's EasyAbs:

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: 1 September, 2016
Notification of acceptance: 1 November, 2016
Conference: 17-18 March, 2017

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