LINGUIST List 27.3754

Thu Sep 22 2016

Confs: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 21-Sep-2016
From: Gertrud Reershemius <>
Subject: Successor Lects or Can Languages Have an 'Afterlife'?
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Successor Lects or Can Languages Have an 'Afterlife'?

Date: 07-Dec-2016 - 07-Dec-2016
Location: Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact: Gertrud Reershemius
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Symposium at Aston University in Birmingham, December 7 2016: Language shift is rarely a wholesale abandonment of a language by its speakers but a complex process normally taking place over two to three generations. In some cases language shift can lead to the development of successor lects. During the 19th century, for example, Romani speakers in the process of shift to English consciously retained a repository of words and phrases to be implemented into their English, thus forming a distinct variety of English called Anglo Romani. Another language where a conscious preservation of at least a repository and the development of successor lects took place during a process of shift is Western Yiddish in contact with Dutch and German in the first four decades of the 20th century. Funded by the British Academy a one day symposium will take place on December 7 (10 am to 4 pm) at Aston University in Birmingham.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sarah Bunin Benor (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)
Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)
Anne Pauwels (SOAS, London)
Jakob Wiedner (University of Oslo)

The event is free of charge. Please register by 15/11/2016 under:

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