LINGUIST List 31.993

Thu Mar 12 2020

Calls: Anthro Ling, App Ling, Disc Analysis, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 12-Mar-2020
From: Nadezda Christopher <>
Subject: Mutual Intelligibility: Language, Culture, Cognition
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Full Title: Mutual Intelligibility: Language, Culture, Cognition
Short Title: MILCC

Date: 18-Jun-2020 - 19-Jun-2020
Location: Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Nadezda Christopher
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Mar-2020

Meeting Description:

Despite being perceived as unique, self-contained systems, most languages of the world are not isolated entities, and exist in linguistic continua with other related varieties. Related languages share many properties, giving rise to the global phenomenon of mutual intelligibility, where a speaker of one language can use their native variety to efficiently communicate with a speaker of another language, and vice versa. Our innovative and timely inter-disciplinary workshop is the first of its kind to examine mutual intelligibility from cultural and cognitive as well as linguistic perspectives. By bringing together researchers from a diverse range of fields, this workshop will provide a foundation for the development of multi-disciplinary research collaborations on mutual intelligibility, with the aim of gaining deeper understanding of this complex and important phenomenon, and identifying how various theoretical and empirical research methods can be combined and utilised in future research.

Second Call for Papers:

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 31 March 2020.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute presentations from researchers and cultural practitioners working from diverse disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives. Topics for submissions may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Linguistic studies of mutual intelligibility;
- Literary/socio-cultural manifestations of mutual intelligibility;
- Cognitive studies including experimental approaches to mutual intelligibility;
- New avenues for research into mutual intelligibility.

We particularly encourage contributions on multi-disciplinary approaches, and on linguistic, socio-cultural and cognitive approaches to mutual intelligibility between understudied or under-documented languages. In the spirit of fostering inter-disciplinary discussion and collaboration, we ask that the proposed talks are aimed at an audience of non-specialists. The workshop will take place at the University of Surrey on 18-19 June 2020.

Abstract Submission:
Please send abstracts of approximately 350 words (excluding references) plus a short bio (max 150 words) to by midnight on 13 March 2020.

Three travel grants of up to £100 are available for PhD students – please indicate your intention to be considered for one of these awards when you submit your abstract.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: Extended to 31 March 2020
Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts: expected 14 April 2020
Registration open: 20 April 2020

Registration Fees:
£20 per person (£10 for students and the unemployed)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Professor Charlotte Gooskens, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Professor Bertram Opitz, University of Surrey, UK

Organising Committee:
Dr Nadezda Christopher, University of Surrey
Dr Catherine Barbour, University of Surrey
Dr Katie Gilligan, University of Surrey

For further information, please visit the workshop website:

Page Updated: 12-Mar-2020