Olesya Khanina olesya.khanina at gmail.com
Wed Aug 2 13:15:40 EDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

May I attract your attention to a conference that is organized in Moscow
this October?

The call for papers is below, but I would like to say a couple of more
personal words to the ura-list subscribers. The abstracts submitted so far
are a bit skewed to Siberia, so we are particularly welcoming those of you
who study language contact in European Uralic languages (this is not to say
that abstracts about non-European languages are discouraged, of course!).
The circumpolar area is understood quite liberally in this context, with
all Uralic languages being considered spoken either in the circumpolar area
proper or in the adjacent areas.

With best regards,

Olesya Khanina

Language contact in the circumpolar world

Institute of Linguistics RAS, Moscow, Russia; 27-29 October 2017

Extension of deadline to August 31.

The circumpolar world includes the Arctic as defined by AMAP (Arctic
Monitoring and Assessment Program) with adjacent areas. This vast territory
has a number of common features that set it apart from any other part of
the world: extremely harsh climate conditions, low population density,
large distances between speakers of different languages or even of the same
language, seasonal migrations for hundreds of miles, prevalence of
hunter-gatherers with absolutely no traditional farming, etc. While
language contact has been a popular topic of linguistic research in the
last couple of decades, there have been few studies that would concentrate
on the circumpolar region and specifics of language contact in the area.

The ‘Language contact in the circumpolar world’ conference will bring together
researchers studying language contact in the North, and discussions of any
aspect of the topic are welcome. Of particular importance is the question
of whether language contact in the circumpolar world is different from that
of other areas, and if so, in which particular respects.

The conference will feature papers selected by the Organizing committee,
invited lectures by leading international experts specializing in the
topic, and two extended tutorials on particular parts of the circumpolar
world, ‘Language Contact in Arctic Canada & Greenland’ by Michael Fortesque
(University of Copenhagen) and ‘Language Contact in Arctic Europe’ by Jussi
Ylikoski (The Arctic University of Norway & University of Oulu).

We welcome abstracts from colleagues working on a variety of topics
pertaining to language contact in the circumpolar region that include but
are not limited to:

-          language change conditioned by language contact,

-          mixed languages,

-          linguistic areas or Sprachbund’s,

-          reconstructing the past through linguistic data,

-          patterns of traditional or modern multilingualism,

-          sociolinguistic details of modern or historic language contact,

-          northern varieties of larger languages that are not restricted
to the region (e.g. dialects of Russian, Swedish, English, etc.),

-          cartography of language contact areas,

-          methodology of language contact studies which takes into account
specific features of the region.

The conference is organized by a new research group on Language Contact in
the Circumpolar World at the Institute of Linguistics, supported by the
Russian Science Foundation, see
http://iling-ran.ru/main/departments/typol_compar/circumpolar/eng for more

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Michael Fortescue (University of Copenhagen)

Lenore Grenoble (University of Chicago)

Brigitte Pakendorf (CNRS, Lyon)

Nikolai Vakhtin (European University of St. Petersburg)

Jussi Ylikoski (The Arctic University of Norway & University of Oulu)

Organizing committee:

Olesya Khanina & Andrej Kibrik (Chairs), Maria Amelina, Mira Bergelson,
Valentin Gusev, Olga Kazakevich, Elena Klyachko, Yuri Koryakov, and Natalia

The conference will be held in English. Organizers will assist participants
in finding accommodation in the vicinity of the conference location.

The extended deadline for abstract submission is *August 31, 2017*.
Notifications of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email soon
after that date. Please submit an anonymous abstract of no more than 1 page
(excluding references) by email to circumpolar.conference2017 at gmail.com;
include a title, authors, and affiliations in your email.
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