LINGUIST List 28.531

Thu Jan 26 2017

Calls: Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Socioling/Finland

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <kenlinguistlist.org>


Date: 25-Jan-2017
From: Ksenia Shagal <ksenia.shagalgmail.com>
Subject: Contact-Driven Multilingual Practices
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Full Title: Contact-Driven Multilingual Practices

Date: 01-Jun-2017 - 02-Jun-2017
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Contact Person: Ksenia Shagal
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2017

Meeting Description:

Almost every country in the world is multilingual. In many of them, multilingualism is a long-standing state of affairs, while for some it is a relatively recent development. Numerous speech communities in different parts of the world are currently experiencing profound transformation, and the cultural change is more intensive than ever. These changes are triggered by a fundamental restructuring of the social, economic, cultural and political environment of language, the fall of traditional language boundaries, new forms of mobility and migration.

The conference seeks to contribute to the scholarly understanding of multilingual practices and the patterns of both language change and language shift in speech communities all over the world. We encourage attention to those viewpoints, such as language contact situation, code-switching, speakers' attitudes in different linguistic environments, that emphasise the significance of detailed qualitative linguistic analysis. We see this conference as a forum for discussion of the importance of the parallel use of two or more languages and its influence on both language structure and the renewal of functional domains.

Possible topics for talks may, therefore, relate to (but are not restricted to) the following research areas:

- Contact-induced language change
- Code-switching and code-mixing
- Old and new forms of multilingualism
- Minority languages and language shift
- Language policy and education in multilingual communities
- Multilingual practices in different environments
- Sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism
- Legal aspects of multilingualism
- Linguistic landscapes in multilingual communities
- Methodological issues in the research of multilingualism

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

- Prof. Durk Gorter (Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science/University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU in Donostia-San Sebastián)
- Dr. Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact the organizers at multilingualism-2017helsinki.fi

The conference is organized as a part of the joint project between the University of Helsinki and ELTE University Budapest, funded by the Academy of Finland.

Call for Papers:

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and references, should be submitted via EasyAbs (http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/multilingualism2017) in .pdf format by February 28, 2017. They will be evaluated by the organizing committee and by the members of the scientific committee. Notifications of acceptance will be announced by March 17, 2017. The talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for discussion.

The registration fee for all the participants will be 35 €.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact the organizers at multilingualism-2017helsinki.fi

The conference is organized as a part of the joint project between the University of Helsinki and ELTE University Budapest, funded by the Academy of Finland.


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