27.5185, Calls: Gen Ling, Socioling/Norway

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Subject: 27.5185, Calls: Gen Ling, Socioling/Norway

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Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:42:27
From: Jill Vaughan [jill.vaughan at ntnu.no]
Subject: Bridging Formal and Sociolinguistic Approaches to Language Contact and Code-mixing

 
Full Title: Bridging Formal and Sociolinguistic Approaches to Language Contact and Code-mixing 

Date: 27-Apr-2017 - 28-Apr-2017
Location: Trondheim, Norway 
Contact Person: Jill Vaughan
Meeting Email: jill.vaughan at ntnu.no
Web Site: https://www.ntnu.edu/web/lcis/languagecontactworkshop 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 03-Feb-2017 

Meeting Description:

The Linguistic Complexity in the Individual and Society (LCIS) research group
will host a workshop exploring both linguistic and social factors that shape
the processes and outcomes of language contact on 27-28th Aril 2017. The
overarching theme is intended to bring together conversations that focus on
modelling and predicting the forms of language contact with those about its
social functioning and meanings.

Workshop Abstract:

Work that seeks to understand the diversity of outcomes of language contact
has traditionally been the purview of such fields as sociolinguistics,
historical linguistics and linguistic typology. Theoretical and generative
linguists, meanwhile, have largely focused on the monolingual speaker as the
ideal subject upon which to construct theoretical models, with multilingual
repertoires understood to be too complicated or messy for the task at hand. As
such, data reflecting language contact situations have not been widely drawn
upon in generative work.

Researchers within both sociolinguistics and formal grammar have advocated for
a multilingual ‘turn’ in their fields (e.g. Lohndal 2013, Nagy & Meyerhoff
2008) to counter the former “curious monolingual bias” (Nagy & Meyerhoff 2008:
2), to make our models more robust, and to more accurately reflect the diverse
linguistic and social realities for speakers/signers worldwide.

Furthermore, much existing work in the field of language contact (as well as
in variationist accounts and language change more broadly) has been formulated
on the basis of a distinction between language-internal/linguistic and
language-external/social parameters that influence contact outcomes. Focus on
the former has fostered important contributions about the extent to which
outcomes are shaped by the grammars of the contributing languages (e.g. work
on code-switching such as Sankoff & Poplack 1981 (variationist approach),
MacSwann 1999 (generative approach) and Myers-Scotton 1993
(psycholinguistic/production approach)). Meanwhile, focus on language-external
factors has revealed a wide range of social meanings of language contact
outcomes, covering such notions as prestige (e.g. Blom & Gumperz 1972, cf.
Maehlum 1996), social networks (e.g. Milroy & Li Wei 1995) and identity work
(e.g. Gardner-Chloros & Finnis 2004, Auer 2005), as well as local
interactional factors like audience design (e.g. Wei Zhang 2005,
Gardner-Chloros and Charles, 2007) and pragmatic/discourse parameters (e.g.
Gumperz 1982, Myers-Scotton 1993a). 

There exists, however, a good deal of notable work that has fruitfully engaged
with both aspects (see, e.g., Åfarli & Mæhlum 2014, Auer 1999, Croft 2003,
Thomason 2003, Gardner-Chloros 2009 and Matras 2009 for more integrated
approaches, and Eide & Åfarli 2007, Eide & Sollid 2011 and Grimstad, Lohndal &
Åfarli 2014 for work on Norwegian specifically), and in fact the validity of
this separation within language contact research is increasingly being called
into question. In any case, there remain many unanswered questions about the
interactions of both the linguistic and the social in determining the outcomes
of language contact.

This workshop seeks to highlight research that fundamentally engages with both
the linguistic and the social, i.e. both internal and external factors, in
exploring the processes and outcomes of language contact. The gathering is
intended to bring together conversations that focus on modelling and
predicting the forms of language contact with those about its social
functioning and meanings. We encourage presentations featuring code-mixing
practices, but also invite work on other linguistic reflexes of contact
situations (such as dialect levelling and koineisation, mixed languages,
pidgins and creoles, and contact-induced change more broadly).


The following speakers have kindly agreed to provide plenary addresses:

Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam)
Ad Backus (Tilburg University)
Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland)
Hilde Sollid (Universitetet i Tromsø)

https://www.ntnu.edu/web/lcis/languagecontactworkshop

Location and Dates:

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Dragvoll Campus)
Trondheim, Norway
27-28th April 2017

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions that fundamentally engage with both the linguistic
(including formal approaches) and the social, i.e. both internal and external
factors, in exploring the processes and outcomes of language contact. We
encourage presentations featuring code-mixing practices, but also invite work
on other linguistic reflexes of contact situations (such as dialect levelling
and koineization, mixed languages, pidgins and creoles, and contact-induced
change more broadly).

We are calling for abstracts not exceeding a single A4 page (incl. references
and figures) for talks of 20 minutes + 10 minutes of questions. Abstracts
should be submitted to jill.vaughan at ntnu.no by Friday 3rd February 2017, and
notification of acceptance will follow in late February.




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