LINGUIST List 27.4752

Fri Nov 18 2016

Confs: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 18-Nov-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
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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 often referred to as 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. With a focus on speakers with multilingual repertoires, the symposium presents case studies as a contribution to a wider sociolinguistic framework in order to further theoretical approaches to language change.

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:


9:30: 10:00: Coffee and informal Welcome

Anne Pauwels (SOAS, London)
Language Shift and successor lects

Sarah Bunin Benor (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)
Ethnolinguistic Infusion: The Conscious Incorporation of Elements of an Ancestral Language

Gertrud Reershemius (Aston University, Birmingham)
Performing heritage: Remnants of Western Yiddish in Amateur Theatre

13:00-14:00: Lunch

Jakob Wiedner (University of Oslo)
Meta-linguistic discourses on Norwegian Romani

Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)
'Can languages have an afterlife? The re-functionalisation of unspoken speech varieties'

The event is free of charge. Please register under:

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