LINGUIST List 30.1471

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Calls: Language Documentation, Morphology, Syntax, Typology/South Africa

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Date: 28-Mar-2019
From: Kristina Riedel <>
Subject: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation Workshop
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Full Title: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation Workshop

Date: 11-Jul-2019 - 11-Jul-2019
Location: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Contact Person: Hannah Gibson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation; Morphology; Syntax; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2019

Meeting Description:

The international conference of the African Languages Association of Southern Africa (ALASA) will take place at the University of the Free State, South Africa from 8-10 July 2019. In conjunction with the ALASA conference, we are organising a one-day workshop dedicated to the exploration of morphosyntactic microvariation on Thursday 11 July 2019.

2nd Call for Papers:

Call for workshop papers: Investigating Morphosyntactic Microvariation
Date: 11 July, 2019
Location: University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Abstract deadline: 15 April, 2019

Recent years have seen a growth in the body of work examining morphosyntactic microvariation. Included under this term we consider both work on closely related languages, as well as that which examines structural variation between dialects. These include Marten et al. (2007, 2018) which examined morphosyntactic variation in Bantu languages, adopting an approach based on the use of surface-level parameters of variation. Bloom Ström (2018) paired morphosyntactic variation in Xhosa with an investigation into the sociolinguistic factors involved in variation. A number of comparative dialect atlas projects have also been developed, such as the Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (Barbiers et al. 2002), the Atlante Sintattico dell’Italia Settentrionale ‘Syntactic Atlas of Northern Italy’ (Poletto and Benincà 2007) and the Scots Syntax Atlas (Smith et al. 2019). This body of research covers a wide range of languages and language families, and is associated with both on-going and completed projects, a range of research-based publications and other outputs such as the development of databases and tools of analysis.

This workshop aims to bring together those working on morphosyntactic microvariation in order to share the questions driving this research, tools and methodologies employed, challenges that arise, as well as the insights that can be gained by this type of research.

We invite abstracts for 30min papers (followed by 10mins discussion) as part of this workshop. Papers may address topics relating to, but not limited to, any of the following:

- Variation in closely related languages
- Dialectal variation
- Different methodological approaches to examining micro-variation
- Challenges and insights associated with researching micro-variation
- Tools and questionnaires

Please submit a 1-page abstract, including examples and references to Hannah Gibson by 15 April, 2019. Please put ‘Investigating morphosyntactic microvariation’ in the subject line.

Workshop organizer contact details:

Hannah Gibson (Essex,
Kristina Riedel (UFS,

Workshop and travel information will be shared at:

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