LINGUIST List 31.315

Wed Jan 22 2020

Calls: Javanese;Sundanese;Madurese;Sasak;Balinese;Austronesian;General Linguistics, Language Documentation/USA

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Date: 20-Jan-2020
From: Thomas Conners <TOM.CONNERSGMAIL.COM>
Subject: International Symposium on the Languages of Java 8
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Full Title: International Symposium on the Languages of Java 8
Short Title: ISLOJ 8

Date: 14-May-2020 - 15-May-2020
Location: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Contact Person: Thomas Conners
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Documentation

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

Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Call Deadline: 14-Feb-2020

Meeting Description:

Forum for presentation and discussion of research on Javanese, Sundanese, Balinese, Madurese, Sasak and regional sign languages from all theoretical frameworks.

The island of Java is home to several major world languages. Javanese—spoken mainly in Central and East Java— is among the world’s most widely spoken languages 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 its unique speech level system. 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 up to 13 million speakers. Geography, history, and typology bind these languages with linguistically related languages on the neighboring islands to the east, Bali, where Balinese is spoken, and Lombok, where Sasak is spoken, each by about 3 million speakers. 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, Sasak, or any non-Malay language spoken on these islands, to come together and share their findings. We aim to encourage and promote continued research on these important and unique languages.

Second Call for Papers:

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.

Anonymous abstracts of one-page [data and references may be on a second page] should be submitted in electronic form (PDF and MSWord) to Please indicate your name, affiliation, and title of abstract in the body of the email.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 12 Noon ET (GMT + 5) February 14, 2020
Announcement of acceptance: March 1, 2020.
Given the potential difficulty in obtaining a US visa, abstracts from presenters who need to obtain a visa may be submitted at any time prior to the deadline, and a determination will be made within two weeks of submission.

Special Joint ISLOJ/ISMIL Session on m/Minimalism in ISMIL/ISLOJ Languages
Keynote speakers:
Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
Nick Enfield (University of Sydney)
Eva Wittenburg (University of California, San Diego)

Special Joint ISLOJ/ISMIL Plenary speaker:
Dwi Novi Djenar (University of Sydney)

University of Maryland
University of Oslo
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
National Science Foundation

Thomas Conners, University of Maryland
Jozina Vander Klok, University of Oslo
Bradley McDonnell, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Nurenzia Yannuar, Universitas Negri Malang

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