LINGUIST List 30.170

Sat Jan 12 2019

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Typology/Greece

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Date: 10-Jan-2019
From: Nikos Liosis <>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor
Short Title: ICLC2

Date: 08-Nov-2019 - 09-Nov-2019
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Contact Person: George Papanastassiou
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Subject Language(s): Albanian, Gheg; Albanian, Tosk; Bulgarian; Croatian; Greek, Ancient; Greek, Modern; Macedonian; Middle Greek; Romanian; Russian; Serbian; Turkish

Call Deadline: 20-May-2019

Meeting Description:

The Institute of Modern Greek Studies (M. Triandaphyllidis Foundation), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, is organizing the “2nd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor”, on 8 and 9 November 2019, in Thessaloniki. The conference will investigate language contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor, with a special focus on the relationship between Greek and other languages in these regions.

Keynote speakers: professors Lars Jonanson (Universität Mainz) and Petya Assenova (University of Sofia), leading scholars on issues related to language contact in the conference’s focus areas. In addition, internationally acclaimed scholars such as Bernt Brendemoen (Universitetet i Oslo), Éva Á. Csató Johanson (University of Uppsala), Matthias Kappler (Università Ca’Foscari, Venezia), Eleni Karantzola (University of Aegean, Rhodos), Angeliki Ralli (University of Patras), Helmut Schaller (Universität Marburg) have confirmed their participation in the conference.

In the framework of the Conference a special session will be dedicated to the Greek-Russian language contacts and a workshop entitled “Modern Greek and the Greek dialects in the Diaspora” will be included.

As we explained in the Call for Papers of the 1st Conference (2016), our decision to organize a conference on language contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor has been motivated by the recognition that research on language contact in these two regions is usually conducted independently, and without mutually benefiting from the results and achievements of studies regarding such phenomena in each of these two regions, despite the fact that these regions share the same two basic languages (Greek and Turkish) and, to a great extent, a common historical background. The conference initiated a fertile discussion between that strand of research whose object of study is language contact in the Balkans and the corresponding one focusing on Asia Minor. In this respect, the papers presented at the conference can be classified under three headings: (a) those focusing on the Balkans, (b) those zeroing in on Asia Minor, and (c) those whose interest lies in the comparative investigation of these two regions.

The conference is the fifth one in the series of annual international conferences for the diachronic and diatopic study of the Greek language organized by the Institute of Modern Greek Studies, and are alternately devoted to (a) Greek Etymology (2015, 2018), (b) Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor (2016), and (c) Koine, koines and the formation of Modern Greek koine (2017).

Call for Papers:

2nd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor

1st Call

The thematic areas of the conference include, but are not limited to: (1) theoretical issues in language contact, (2) language contact and dialectology, (3) language contact and etymology, (4) language contact and typology, (5) language contact and philology. Issues regarding all levels of linguistic analysis that are influenced or determined by language contact (phonology, morphology, syntax, the lexicon, etc.) are addressed.

Abstract Submission:

Those who wish to participate in the conference are invited to submit two copies (Word and pdf format) of their abstracts as attachments to by 20 May 2019. Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 20 June 2019.

Abstract Specifications:

Length: 300-400 words (including references)
Title, author(s), affiliation, email address (centered)

Participation Fees:

Standard fee: 30 €, student fee: 10 €. Participation fees are to be paid on the day of registration.


For further information please contact the Secretariat of the Institute of Modern Greek Studies, Room 418, Faculty of Philosophy, New Building, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Tel.: +30 2310 997128

The Organizing Committee:

Chr. Tzitzilis, Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Vice President of the Institute’s Board of Directors
Th.-S. Pavlidou, Professor Emerita, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, member of the Institute’s Board of Directors
G. Papanastassiou, Associate Professor of Historical Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Director of the Institute

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