LINGUIST List 29.884

Sun Feb 25 2018

Calls: Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Doc/Indonesia

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 09-Feb-2018
From: Thomas Conners <>
Subject: International Symposium on the Languages of Java 7
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Full Title: International Symposium on the Languages of Java 7
Short Title: ISLOJ 7

Date: 06-Jul-2019 - 07-Jul-2019
Location: Banyuwangi, Indonesia
Contact Person: Thomas Conners
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Balinese; Javanese; Javanese, Caribbean; Kawi; Madurese; Sasak; Sundanese

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2019

Meeting Description:

6 – 7 July, 2019
Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

The island of Java is home to several major languages. Javanese—spoken mainly in Central and East Java— is the world’s 10th or 11th largest language in number of native speakers. It has one of the oldest and fullest recorded histories of any Austronesian language. It also has been of considerable interest to scholars because of the system of speech levels or speech styles found in a number of varieties of Javanese. Sundanese—spoken in West Java— has over 27 million speakers, and Madurese—spoken on the neighboring island of Madura and throughout parts of East Java—is the third largest local language, with counts ranging from 7 to 13 million speakers. Varieties of both of these languages have speech level systems and such systems can also be found in the geographically, historically, and linguistically related languages on the neighboring islands of Bali and Lombok. Each of these languages displays a range of dialects, isolects, continua, and contact varieties and yet they have received relatively little attention from linguists. With this symposium, we offer an opportunity for scholars working on any aspect of Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese and Sasak to come together and share their findings. We aim to encourage and promote continued research on these important and unique languages.

This past year, we lost our friend, fellow linguist, and co-organizer, Bill Davies. He was an excellent linguist and enthusiastic scholar of the languages of Indonesia, particularly Madurese and Javanese. We will hold this meeting in his honor, and especially encourage any work focusing on Madurese or within the research tradition that Bill pioneered. A special event will be held at the conference to remember Bill.

Call for Papers:

The Seventh ISLOJ
International Symposium on the Languages of Java
6 – 7 July, 2019
Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia

Abstracts are invited for papers to be presented on any linguistic topics dealing with the languages of Java and its environs—Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, and Sasak. Papers on other languages will be judged according to their relevance to the symposium topic. Papers are welcome from any subfield of linguistics and using any approach or theoretical background. Studies of non-standard(ized) versions, dialects, and isolects, including contact varieties, are particularly welcome. All papers are to be presented in English.

Abstracts of one-page [data and references may be on a second page] should be submitted in electronic form (PDF AND MSWord) to Thomas Conners at the following address:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: February 15, 2019
Announcement of acceptance: March 1, 2019.

Please note that the 23rd International Symposium on Malay-Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL 23) will be held in Manokwari, Indonesia on 12-14 July, 2019.


University of Maryland
University of Oslo


Thomas Conners, University of Maryland
Jozina Vander Klok, University of Oslo

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