LINGUIST List 29.652

Thu Feb 08 2018

Calls: Applied Ling, Morphology, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling, Typology/Russia

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 05-Feb-2018
From: Maria Morozova <>
Subject: Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies
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Full Title: Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies

Date: 18-Oct-2018 - 20-Oct-2018
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Contact Person: Maria Morozova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2018

Meeting Description:

The conference “Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-based and Quantitative Studies” (Saint Petersburg 2018) carries on and extends the discussion of topics raised at the international conference on corpus-based approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects that took place in 2016 at the Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (

Keynote Speakers:

Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley)
Maria Kholodilova (Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg)

Location: Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Organizers: Alexander Yu. Rusakov, Maria S. Morozova, Maxim L. Kisilier

Call for Papers:

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts: April 15, 2018
Notification to the Authors: May 15, 2018

Since the time of classical works devoted to the common features of the Balkan languages, in the world linguistics there has been a continuing interest in studying the Balkan area, which still remains an example of a linguistic area par excellence. However, corpus-anchored works on the Balkan languages and especially dialects, as well as studies using modern methods of areal linguistics and typology in application to the Balkans as an area and to individual micro-areas within the Balkans, are not numerous.

The rare examples of studies that analyze the Balkan languages and dialects from this point of view include the recent monograph by Evangelia Adamou, which proposes and uses an integrated method that can serve for the quantitative exploitation of free-speech multilingual corpora (Adamou 2016); dialectometric projects aimed at solving classical problems of the traditional dialectology, for example, the problem of determination of dialect borders, involving various quantitative approaches and computational methods (Houtzagers, Nerbonne, and Prokić 2010); works that analyze the Balkan area as part of macro-areas, such as Europe and Eurasia (Kortmann 1997; Nichols 2017); studies that use such macro-variables as linguistic complexity (Nichols 2009) for the investigation of dialect continua, and the identification of micro-areas of intensive contact, isolation, etc. (Rusakov and Morozova 2017); a range of corpus-based studies of grammar of the Balkan languages, first of all Albanian and Balkan Slavic.

We invite scholars who study phonology, grammar and lexicons of the Balkan languages and dialects to submit papers for the conference “Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies”. The conference focuses on the presentation and discussion of synchronic and diachronic studies of any one or several of the Balkan languages and dialects, as well as of the Balkan area as a whole, applying:

- Corpus methods
- Dialectometrical methods
- Quantitative methods of areal linguistics and typology.

We especially encourage studies performed on the basis of the already existing linguistic atlases, linguistic corpora and databases for the Balkan languages and dialects, as well as contributions based on authors’ first-hand field data.

The languages of the conference are English, French, German, and Russian.
Speaking time is 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

There is no participation fee.
The organizers will not be able to cover participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.

Submission of abstracts:

Anonymous abstracts of 400–500 words (excluding references) in .doc/.docx/.rtf./.pdf format should be submitted to by April 15, 2018, with “Abstract” stated as the email subject.

The following information should be provided in the body of the email: (1) the exact title of your paper (if your abstract is in Russian, please, provide the English translation as well); (2) the first and last names of every author (if your write in Cyrillic, please, provide the English transliteration), and affiliation(s) of every author; (3) the email address of every author.
Abstracts will be evaluated and selected by the Programme Committee. We will notify you of the Committee’s decision by May 15, 2018.

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