CFP: Uralic lgs and multilingualism

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Fri Jun 18 13:45:50 UTC 2010

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Von: Beáta Wagner-Nagy <beata.wagner-nagy at>
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Uralic languages and multilingualism: contexts and manifestations in a
language family
The Department of Uralic Studies of the University of Hamburg is pleased to
announce the conference Uralic languages and multilingualism, to be held
from 2-4 June, 2011.
For speakers of Uralic languages the phenomenon of bi- or multilingualism
has been commonplace for a long time. Not only numerically, but also
regarding the diversity of constellations in terms of interaction contexts
and purposes, prestige and legal status (involving also literacy vs. oral
tradition), the Uralic languages and dialects represent varied cases of
Within the frame of language contact studies, the problems were
traditionally addressed from the langue perspective. Research primarily
focused on borrowings at different linguistic levels, i.e. either in lexicon
or in grammar. Socio-linguistic investigations and (or, in the combination
with) descriptions of the patterns of multilingual communication from a
discourse analytic perspective are rather exceptional. The conference aims
therefore to encourage new approaches on multilingualism in Uralic idioms.

Call for papers
We welcome papers dealing with both theoretical and empirical aspects of
multilingualism involving at least one Uralic language or dialect.
Contributions are expected to be based either on new data or new approaches
of analysis. Possible subject areas are:
-  development and manifestations of multilingualism in the Uralic language
-  socio-linguistic factors determining language/dialect choice including
language prestige, legal status and language policy, language or dialect
-   structural and pragmatic changes as an effect of multilingualism.
The conference languages are English and German.

Confirmed keynote speakers
Johanna Laakso, University of Vienna: "Language contact in space and time:
Perspectives and pitfalls in diachronic contact linguistics".
 Anna Fenyvesi, University of Szeged: "Minority Hungarians in Romania,
Slovakia and Serbia: Schoolchildren's attitudes to their languages (minority
vs. majority vs. EFL) and the teaching of these languages in their schools".

Submission of abstracts
Contributions are invited for 20-minute oral presentations to be followed by
a 10-minute discussion each. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words
(bibliography excluded) and should be sent electronically in word (doc or
rtf) AND pdf format to the address of the organizing committee
multiling.uralic at with the subject heading ³Multilingualism².
Abstracts must be anonymous. Name(s) of authors, e-mail address(es) and
affiliation(s) should be sent in a separate document. The abstracts will be
The deadline for submission of abstracts is September 10,  2010.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out at the latest by January 10,
The book of abstracts will be published on the conference website at
Prof. Dr. Beáta Wagner-Nagy
Institut für Finnougristik/Uralistik
Universität Hamburg
Johnsallee 35,
20148 Hamburg

Tel: +49-40-42838-2787 (dienstl.)
Fax: +49-40-42838 6117
beata.wagner-nagy at

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