27.3754, Confs: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/UK

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Subject: 27.3754, Confs: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/UK

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:59:00
From: Gertrud Reershemius [g.k.reershemius at aston.ac.uk]
Subject: Successor Lects or Can Languages Have an 'Afterlife'?

 
Successor Lects or Can Languages Have an 'Afterlife'? 

Date: 07-Dec-2016 - 07-Dec-2016 
Location: Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom 
Contact: Gertrud Reershemius 
Contact Email: g.k.reershemius at aston.ac.uk 

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

Symposium at Aston University in Birmingham, December 7 2016: Language shift
is rarely a wholesale abandonment of a language by its speakers but a complex
process normally taking place over two to three generations. In some cases
language shift can lead to the development of successor lects. During the 19th
century, for example, Romani speakers in the process of shift to English
consciously retained a repository of words and phrases to be implemented into
their English, thus forming a distinct variety of English called Anglo Romani.
Another language where a conscious preservation of at least a repository and
the development of successor lects took place during a process of shift is
Western Yiddish in contact with Dutch and German in the first four decades of
the 20th century. Funded by the British Academy a one day symposium will take
place on December 7 (10 am to 4 pm) at Aston University in Birmingham.

Confirmed Speakers:

Sarah Bunin Benor (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles)
Yaron Matras (University of Manchester)
Anne Pauwels (SOAS, London)
Jakob Wiedner (University of Oslo)

The event is free of charge. Please register by 15/11/2016 under: 
lss_researchsupport at aston.ac.uk
 






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