17.1307, Calls: General Ling/South Africa;Historical Ling/France

Fri Apr 28 17:48:44 UTC 2006

LINGUIST List: Vol-17-1307. Fri Apr 28 2006. ISSN: 1068 - 4875.

Subject: 17.1307, Calls: General Ling/South Africa;Historical Ling/France

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Date: 26-Apr-2006
From: Kate van Gass < clc at sun.ac.za >
Subject: Cradle of Language Conference 

Date: 26-Apr-2006
From: Tobias Scheer < scheer at unice.fr >
Subject: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan 

-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 13:45:45
From: Kate van Gass < clc at sun.ac.za >
Subject: Cradle of Language Conference 

Full Title: Cradle of Language Conference 
Short Title: CLC 

Date: 07-Nov-2006 - 10-Nov-2006
Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa 
Contact Person: Rudie Botha
Meeting Email: clc at sun.ac.za
Web Site: http://www.clc.sun.ac.za 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-May-2006 

Meeting Description:

Conference on the evolutionary emergence of human language in Africa. 

This is a reminder that abstracts of papers for oral presentations and proposals for poster presentations for the Cradle of Language conference should be submitted by May 1st, 2006.

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent to authors by July 1st, 2006.

Duration of papers: 
Half an hour, with 10 minutes for discussion.

Keynote addresses will have a duration of 50 minutes, with a further 10 minutes for discussion. 

Format of abstracts/poster proposals:
Authors can submit an abstract for a standard oral presentation or a proposal for the content of a poster presentation (max. length 300 words, excl. references) in the form of a word document (.doc) or as a PDF.

Submission method:
Authors may submit their abstracts by sending them as e-mail attachments to the Conference Commitee at clc at sun.ac.za 

Please include the following information in the e-mail:
Title of Paper/Poster
Name of Author(s) and Affiliation(s)
Type of submission (i.e. an abstract for a paper or a proposal for a poster)

Please see the website www.clc.sun.ac.za for more information about the conference.

-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 13:45:50
From: Tobias Scheer < scheer at unice.fr >
Subject: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan 


Full Title: Gallo-Romance Diachronics: Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan 
Short Title: GalRom07 

Date: 12-Jan-2007 - 13-Jan-2007
Location: Nice, France 
Contact Person: Tobias Scheer
Meeting Email: galrom06 at unice.fr
Web Site: http://www.unice.fr/dsl/galrom07.htm 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology 

Subject Language(s): Auvergnat (auv)
                     Gascon (gsc)
                     Limousin (lms)
                     Languedocien (lnc)
                     Old Provençal (pro)

Language Family(ies): Romance 

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2006 

Meeting Description:

The laboratory BCL ('Bases, Corpus, Langage', Nice) and the team LDOR of 
the laboratory ERSS ('Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique', 
Toulouse) organize a conference on Gallo-Roman diachronics which is 
concerned with the phonological and the morphological evolution of 
French, Francoprovençal and Occitan. 

The idea for this conference roots in the observation of several 
deficiencies of the Gallo-Roman domain:
- the paucity of contemporary studies that continue the tradition of the 
Phonétique Historique
- the minor role that dialects have played in the construction of 
classical diachronic knowledge
- the minor role played by modern theories in diachronic studies

We believe that our understanding of the evolution of Gallo-Romance will 
greatly benefit from the confrontation of the classical knowledge with 
diatopic variation and modern theories.

Indeed, knowledge from various sources have failed to be interwoven 
- the classical work in Gallo-Roman diachronics as well as modern 
theories have been largely built on the grounds of standard forms of 
- for a long time, diachronic material and dialectal variation have been 
neglected (sometimes rejected) as empirical evidence in generative 
- the progress in diachronic and geolinguistic documentation (FEW, 
Atlases) has often been accomplished either in absence of concern for 
formal models of language, or in overt suspicion towards them.
In this context, it is useful to recall that linguistics was fed with 
diachronic and geolinguistic data (particularly Gallo-Romance data 
actually) at its beginnings in the 19th century. 

The conference is designed as a contribution to the task of restoring the 
continuity of exchange among dialectology, diachronics and theoretical 
linguistics. These disciplines having been too long estranged from each 
other socially, institutionally and culturally, we believe that a renewed 
collaboration represents substantial prospect for all them. Concrete 
benefits are also to be awaited on the institutional side: while French 
diachronics to day play an important role in the French education of 
teachers in secondary school (concours du Capes and de l'Agrégation), 
their teaching is not fed by active research anymore.

The conference specifically aims at overcoming a certain inclination to 
solipsism that is characteristic of the study of French diachronics. In 
order to understand the development of French, all present and past 
varieties of oïl need to be taken into account as much as standard French 
and its predecessors. Also, standard French and dialects of oïl need to 
be confronted with the two neighbouring Romance languages, 
Francoprovençal and Occitan.

All submissions that concern present or past varieties of the three 
languages identified are welcome. They may concentrate on one language or 
build on comparative material, focus on an idiolect or a larger dialectal 
area, and concern literarily elaborated or exclusively oral forms.

The limitation of the conference to the Gallo-Romance space is deliberate 
but of course arbitrary. The reference to this specific geographic domain 
singles out a clearly identifiable portion of Romance and corresponds to 
a certain academic tradition which the conference aims at critically 
continuating. This frame being set, it will have an open interpretation: 
all submissions that have some affinity with it will be considered. In 
particular, reference to other Romance and non-Romance languages is 
welcome as long as Gallo-Romance material is considered.

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