LINGUIST List 31.339

Thu Jan 23 2020

Calls: Semantics of Understudied Languages and Semantic Fieldwork

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 21-Jan-2020
From: Hazel Pearson <>
Subject: Lang Documentation, Semantics, Typology / United Kingdom
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Full Title: Semantics of Understudied Languages and Semantic Fieldwork

Date: 02-Sep-2020 - 02-Sep-2020
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Hazel Pearson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation; Semantics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2020

Meeting Description:

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and University College London (UCL) are pleased to announce the workshop Semantics of Understudied Languages and Semantic Fieldwork, to be held as a special session of Sinn und Bedeutung 25.

This workshop aims to bring together semanticists doing fieldwork on understudied languages or dialects from around the world. It aims, in particular, to facilitate communication between the TripleA (Semantics of African, Asian and Austronesian Languages) and SULA (Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas) research communities, as well as to discuss issues surrounding the nature and state of the art of semantic fieldwork methodology.

Invited speakers:

Vera Hohaus (University of Manchester)
Jeremy Pasquereau (University of Surrey)

Call for Papers:

Talks may focus on a single understudied language or dialect, they may compare two or more such languages or dialects, they may discuss theoretical issues that cut across several language families, or they may directly address issues relating to semantic fieldwork methodology. Questions about cross-linguistic variation that can be studied particularly well from the perspective of understudied languages or dialects are particularly welcome.

In addition to submitted talks, the workshop will include an invited talk by Vera Hohaus, and a roundtable on semantic fieldwork methodology, led by Jeremy Pasquereau.

We invite abstract submissions for oral presentations (30min for the talk + 10min for questions) on any of the above topics (though please note that there is no abstract submission for the roundtable on methodology). Abstracts should be anonymous and must not exceed three pages (letter size or A4 paper, 2.5cm or 1-inch margins on all sides, 12-point font), including examples and references. Abstracts must be submitted electronically in PDF format via EasyChair by Sunday 15 March 2020 (23:59 Central European Standard Time) (please note that this is a different link from the one for the main session).

Abstracts should contain original research that, at the time of submission, has neither been published nor accepted for publication. One person can submit at most one abstract as sole author and one abstract as co-author (or two co-authored abstracts) for the special sessions and main session combined.

Submission link:

Important dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 15 March 2020 (23:59 Central European Standard Time)
Notification of acceptance: mid June 2020
Special sessions: 2 September 2020
Main session: 3-5 September 2020

For further information, contact Luisa Martí ( and Hazel Pearson (

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