LINGUIST List 32.1048

Mon Mar 22 2021

Calls: Hindi; General Linguistics

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Mar-2021
From: Ghanshyam SHARMA <>
Subject: International Conference on Hindi Grammar and Lexicon & International Workshop - Hindi Grammars and Lexica – Historical Perspectives
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Full Title: International Conference on Hindi Grammar and Lexicon & International Workshop - Hindi Grammars and Lexica – Historical Perspectives
Short Title: ICHGL-2021

Date: 03-Nov-2021 - 05-Nov-2021
Location: INALCO, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, Paris, France, France
Contact Person: Ghanshyam SHARMA
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Hindi

Call Deadline: 18-Jun-2021

Meeting Description:

Even though the Hindi language has been knowledgeably researched by a significant number of accomplished modern linguists in the last sixty years or so, much of the needed research carried out during this period of time is theory-oriented rather than language-oriented. Consequently, a great deal of the Hindi data which has been used to carry out linguistic analyses is subject to having been purposefully fabricated. Regrettably, while such types of data may serve to open up a theory-oriented discussion within some linguistic framework, they deflect scholarly attention away from many unexplored structural aspects of the Hindi language.

On the lexical side, if we carefully look at the lexicographical development of Hindi during the last century, we notice that most of the prestigious monolingual dictionaries of Hindi list loads of ancient words of Sanskrit origin as the core vocabulary of Hindi whereas only a few try to deal with the corpus of spoken Hindi. Unfortunately, none of these dictionaries addresses the key issues related to the standardization of Hindi lexicon.

Due to this complex situation, the Hindi teacher often has to confront many challenges. On one hand, he or she naturally clings to the idea that a time-honored and deep tradition of historical Sanskrit grammar and lexicon represent the only useful tools to be used in the teaching of Hindi. On the other hand, he or she has to keep pace with recent developments and apply new insights from modern linguistic research in the classroom. These contradictory requirements can impede successful Hindi language teaching.

This international conference is intended to provide a needed platform for scholars from diverse schools of thought working in the field of teaching Hindi as a foreign or second language and who want to share their experiences with other colleagues engaged in the same field. Two days of this academic conference will include four plenary talks along with a general session or, if needed, two parallel sessions to consider various key issues in Hindi grammar and lexicon.

All studies that aim to carefully explore any central component of Hindi grammar (i.e. phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics, etc.) and have some bearing on a successful Hindi teaching are welcome as are those classroom experiments which open up alternative paths to teaching Hindi effectively. On the lexical side, those comparative studies that properly investigate different Hindi registers and those based on comprehensive analysis of Hindi vocabulary (i.e. tatsam, tadbhav, etc.) are particularly welcome.

Call for Papers:

We invite proposals for papers on any aspect of Hindi grammar and lexicon for two co-located meetings that will take place at INALCO in Paris from 3 to 5 November 2021.

(1) International Conference on Hindi Grammar and Lexicon, INALCO, Paris, November 3-4, 2021.
Organizer: Ghanshyam Sharma
Paper proposals should be sent to:
Abstract submission deadline (no longer than 500 words on Word format): May 31, 2021
Acceptance of papers notified by: July 31, 2021

(2) International Workshop - Hindi Grammars and Lexica – Historical Perspectives, INALCO, November 5, 2021.
Organizers: Émilie Aussant & Ghanshyam Sharma
Proposals should be sent to :
Deadline for abstracts (no longer than 500 words, with bibliography): June 18, 2021
Notification of acceptance: July 10, 2021

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