LINGUIST List 29.3020

Thu Jul 26 2018

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 26-Jul-2018
From: Anna Havinga <>
Subject: Deutscher Sprachgebrauch im 18. Jahrhundert: Sprachmentalität, Sprachwirklichkeit, Sprachreichtum
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Full Title: Deutscher Sprachgebrauch im 18. Jahrhundert: Sprachmentalität, Sprachwirklichkeit, Sprachreichtum

Date: 09-May-2019 - 10-May-2019
Location: Eichstätt, Germany
Contact Person: Anna Havinga
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): German

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

German Language use in the 18th Century: Language Mentality, Reality, and Diversity

9-10 May 2019, Eichstätt, Germany

Prof. Dr. Anita Auer, University of Lausanne
Prof. Dr. Paul Rössler, University of Regensburg
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Schröder, Universität Hamburg

The 18th century cannot be underestimated in terms of its importance for the development of current varieties of standard German. Fictional literature reached one of its peaks around 1800; typical features of New High German, e.g. the 'verbal bracket', are considered to have been fully developed by that time, and the standardisation of written German progressed in this century. Further profound developments, such as the language shift from Latin to modern vernaculars in academia, also gained pace.

Despite its significance, the 18th century is still under-researched in comparison to other periods. The aim of this conference is to unite the different approaches to linguistic research on this century (from formal to sociolinguistic ones), to explore new areas of study, and to contribute to a more accurate depiction of 'Older New High German'.

Call for Papers:

Researchers at any career stage are invited to submit an abstract on any of the following research areas:

Language mentality: Which models and principles (actors, concepts) influenced language use and processes of standardisation at the time? What roles did linguistic purism and language ideologies play in the 18th century?

Language reality: How was language used in different genres and modes (spoken versus written) by certain social classes? How can German varieties of the 18th century be described accurately?

Language diversity: What role did (internal and external) multilingualism play in the German-speaking language area in the 18th century? What is characteristic for language contact situations at the time?

Diachronic and synchronic investigations within these main topics are welcome. The questions above do not exclude papers on other research interests, as long as they relate to the 18th century.

It is planned to publish the contributions in an edited volume.

Abstracts in either German or English of no more than 300 words (excluding references) should be submitted via EasyChair ( by 31 October 2018.

Any questions about the conference should be directed to the organisers Dr Anna Havinga ( or Dr Bettina Lindner (

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