Lg contact: multiple and bimodal bilingual minorities

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Sat Jan 10 15:39:29 UTC 2009

Dear All,

by request from Anne Tamm, 2nd call to the symposium :

Language contact and change: multiple and bimodal bilingual minorities

Date: May 28, 2009

Location: Tartu, Estonia

Workshop at ICML 2009

Website: http://www.dipfilmod-suf.unifi.it/CMpro-v-p-236.html

Contact: tartulcc at gmail.com

The workshop aims at exploring the language contact and language change
phenomena that characterize multiple linguistic minorities. It focuses on
but is not confined to signed, Uralic and Caucasian languages.

On the one hand, we intend to explore the situation of bimodal bilingualism.
Data from changes in multi-modal bilingual contexts can lead to new insights
into bilingualism, the typology and structure of languages, and language
change and contact in general. Research into bimodal bilingualism can draw
upon several methods and approaches developed for studying the bilingualism
of other minority languages, and vice versa.

On the other hand, we know that it is difficult to reach the bilingual
individuals and communities that are deaf and belong to several linguistic
minorities. Therefore, we approach the bimodal target via individual studies
on minority languages. More specifically, we concentrate on the issue of
language change in contact in the context of a typologically wide range of
minority languages. We are looking for answers to questions such as the

- How do deaf children of (hearing) parents belonging to linguistic
minorities (e.g., Nganasan) communicate with the Deaf communities in their
country and with their own parents?

- How does their language change?

- How can we test the change in the structure of the languages in contact in
a uniform way?

- What are the factors that influence the developments?

- Can we work towards a typology?

Invited keynote speakers:

Csilla Bartha (hearing) (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): The situation
of the Deaf and national minorities in Hungary

Östen Dahl (hearing) (Stockholm University): Contact induced changes in
tense and aspect systems

Tatiana Davidenko (Deaf) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Sign Language Diversity in Post-Soviet Countries

Anna Komarova (hearing) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
Education): Development of Bilingual Education of the Deaf in Post-Soviet

Gaurav Mathur (Deaf) (Gallaudet University): The relationship between
agreement and finiteness in sign languages

Johanna Mesch (Deaf) (Stockholm University): Variations in tactile

signing - the case of one-handed conversation

Helle Metslang (hearing) (University of Tartu): Changes in Finnish and
Estonian tense and aspect

Christian Rathmann (Deaf) (Hamburg University): Minority Communities within
German Deaf Community

Don Stilo (hearing) (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig): Introduction to an
Atlas of the Araxes-Iran Linguistic Area

Check for updates, our interdisciplinary areas, and more research questions


Submission (deadline January 15, 2009, notification January 31, 2009).

Abstracts (in English, maximum 2 pages, including data and references) have
to be submitted electronically as portable document format (.pdf) or
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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und
Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL) | Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
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