21.4696, Calls: Syntax, Sociolinguistics/Canada

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Date: 22-Nov-2010
From: Alexandra N. Lenz [alexandra.lenz at univie.ac.at]
Subject: Dialect and Regiolect Syntax

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Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 13:51:06
From: Alexandra N. Lenz [alexandra.lenz at univie.ac.at]
Subject: Dialect and Regiolect Syntax

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Full Title: Dialect and Regiolect Syntax 

Date: 02-Aug-2011 - 06-Aug-2011
Location: London, Ontario, Canada 
Contact Person: Alexandra Lenz
Meeting Email: alexandra.lenz at univie.ac.at
Web Site: http://westernlinguistics.ca/methods14/dialect_and_regiolect_syntax.html 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Syntax 

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2010 

Meeting Description:

'Dialect and Regiolect Syntax' - Workshop organized as part of the 'Methods in Dialectology 14'

Workshop Organizers: Jürg Fleischer (Marburg), Alexandra N. Lenz (Vienna), Helmut Weiß (Frankfurt)

Scope of Session:

Following the impulses of Kayne's theory of micro-variation, a broad spectrum of areal syntactic studies and projects with predominant theoretical interests and objectives has emanated over the last 20 years (s. Bayer 1984, Benincà 1989, Abraham & Bayer 1993, Black & Motapanyane 1996, Barbiers et al. 2002, Tortora 2002, Haegeman 1992, Henry 1995, Zanuttini 1997, Poletto 2000). Overall, areal syntactic projects have broadened the empiric basis of modern linguistics and have shown that areal syntax provides very fruitful insights for different linguistic disciplines. A central aim of this workshop is to combine and discuss experiences, results and problems of current areal syntactic projects and papers. Thereby we strive towards a mixture of theoretically aligned contributions by linguists of different theoretical backgrounds as well as more empirically based papers. But the session is not limited to the syntax of dialects as the 'deepest' pole of the continuum of colloquial speech; rather it is the second central goal of the workshop also to focus on the syntax of 'higher' (regiolectal) varieties approaching the standard. Including this vertical dimension represents an innovative approach to the investigation of variation in syntax.


Abraham, Werner / Bayer, Josef (eds.) (1993): Dialektsyntax (Linguistische Berichte, Sonderheft 5). Opladen.
Barbiers, Sjef, Cornips, Leonie und van der Kleij, Susanne (eds.) (2002): Syntactic Microvariation (Meertens Institute Electronic Publications in Linguistics. Vol. II). Amsterdam.
Bayer, Josef (1984): COMP in Bavarian Syntax. In: The Linguistic Review 3: 209-274. 
Benincà, Paola (eds.) (1989): Dialect Variation and the Theory of Grammar. Dordrecht. 
Black, James R. und Motapanyane, V. (eds.) (1996): Microparametric Syntax and Dialectic Variation. Amsterdam, Philadelphia.
Haegeman, Liliane (1992): Generative Syntax: Theory and Description. A case study of West Flemish. Cambridge.
Henry, Alison (1995): Belfast English and Standard English: Dialect Variation and Parameter Setting. New York.
Poletto, Cecilia (2000): The higher Functional Field: Evidence from Italian Dialects. New York, Oxford.
Tortora, Christina (ed.) (2002): The Syntax of Italian Dialects (Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax). New York, Oxford.
Zanuttini, Raffaella (1997): Negation and Clausal Structure. New York, Oxford. 

Call for Papers:

Three groups of central research questions will be discussed in the presentations:

I. Questions regarding the horizontal (areal) dimension of syntax:

-What are the horizontal-areal structures of dialect syntax? 
-How do these syntactic areal structures correspond to 'traditional' dialect-geographic areas defined mainly on the basis of phonetic/phonological data?
-How do the linguistic areal structures correspond to other 'extralinguistic' (e.g., geographic, political or social) areas?
II: Questions regarding the vertical (social) dimension of syntax:

-How do syntactic structures vary along the vertical axis of non-standard spectra of varieties? 
-What does the syntax of intermediate (regiolectal) varieties between dialects and standard languages look like? 
-To what extent does the syntax of intermediate varieties differ from the syntax of the dialects and standard varieties, respectively? 
-Which 'vertical structure(s)' can be hypothesized on the basis of syntactic data? 
-Does the syntactic level provide evidence for different varieties on the vertical axis or is there a syntactic continuum from the base dialects up to the standard languages? 
-To what extent is syntactic variation in line with what we find for phonetic and phonological data?
III. Questions regarding the implications for syntactic theory:

-How can variation be modelled within structural or cognitive theories? 
-Where is the locus of variation (lexicon, morphology, syntactic structures)? 
-What is the consequence for the concept of competence? 

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. Abstracts, of up to 300 words excluding bibliography, should be submitted by e-mail attachment (as Word, RTF or PDF files) to 'alexandra.lenz at univie.ac.at'. 

The deadline for submission is 31 December 2010. Authors will be notified of acceptance before the end of January 2011.

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