LINGUIST List 32.3687

Tue Nov 23 2021

Confs: History of Ling, Lang Doc/France

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 19-Nov-2021
From: Chloé Laplantine <>
Subject: Documentation and Description of Asian Languages: History and Epistemology
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Documentation and Description of Asian Languages: History and Epistemology
Short Title: SHESL 2021

Date: 20-Jan-2022 - 22-Jan-2022
Location: Paris, France
Contact: Chloé Laplantine
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Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics; Language Documentation

Meeting Description:

***COVID-19 UPDATE: Because of the uncertainties due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the organisation of scientific events by the end of 2020 / beginning of 2021, the organizers of the conference decided to postpone the SHESL conference to January 2022 (the exact dates will be communicated later).The submission deadline is postponed to 15 December 2020.***

This conference proposes to address, from a historical and/or an epistemological point of view, the ways in which Asian languages have been documented and described. “Asia” is used here in the wide sense which the French Société asiatique gives to it, that is to say as designating an area going from the Maghreb to the Far East.

By “activities of documentation and description of Asian languages” we mean:

– On the one hand, the collection of linguistic data in all its forms (word-lists, constitution of archives, linguistic surveys, questionnaires, audio and/or video recordings, corpora, databases, etc.);

– On the other hand, the development of tools for representing a language within a synchronic or a diachronic approach: writing systems, grammars, monolingual dictionaries, lexica, translation tools (e.g. bi- or tri-lingual dictionaries), manuals, rhetorical and poetic treatises, etc.

Any knowledge related to Asian languages has to be addressed as a historical reality, that is to say as an intervention carried out by actors situated in a specific here and now, and occupying a specific epistemic perspective with a view that extends backward (i.e. as far as their own “tradition” is recalled) and possibly forward too (i.e. toward what they aim to accomplish); in other words, actors have to be situated with respect to their historical and epistemic coordinates, their time, their society and culture, their “horizon of retrospection” and possibly their “horizon of projection” (Auroux 1989 : 13). The idea therefore is to study, through the course of history, the various manifestations of linguistic knowledge and documentation related to Asian languages, as well as the evolution of these manifestations. And this study must be undertaken within a fundamentally reflexive perspective.


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