[Ura-list] Fwd: CfP: Tartu, February 1-3, 2018: "Grammar of non-standard varieties, in the East of the Circum-Baltic area"

Liina Lindström liina.lindstrom at ut.ee
Fri Feb 17 10:06:41 EST 2017


 

URL: http://estdiasyn.ut.ee/conference/ [2]

 Important dates:
 Abstract submission deadline: September 30, 2017
 Notification of acceptance: October 15, 2017
 Registration closes: December 1, 2017
 Conference: February 1-3, 2018 Grammar of non-standard varieties
 in the East of the Circum-Baltic area 

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU, FEBRUARY 1-3, 2018

The focus of dialectal research of Western European languages has
shifted from lexicography, phonology and morphology to different domains
of grammar such as syntax in recent decades (cf. the collection of
syntactic descriptions of various English varieties in Kortmann et al.
(eds.) 2004; numerous studies in the generative tradition on German
dialects such as Bader et al. 2000; Bayer & Brandner 2004; cf. the
discussion in Bucheli et al. 2012). While most of the dialect studies
rely on questionnaires of various kinds, it is only recently that
usage-based methods have started to be applied in dialectology such as
corpus-based studies on dialect syntax (cf. the quantitative analysis of
morphosyntax of English dialects in Szmrecsanyi & Kortmann 2009;
Szmrecsanyi 2013; on Dutch dialects, cf. Levshina et al. 2014). While
not without limitations and disadvantages, corpus-based methods can
hardly be overestimated in the dialectological research. Both
questionnaire- and corpus-based methods have brought about new ways of
collecting dialectological data as well as a new impetus to
dialectological fieldwork. Variationist linguists have become interested
in dialectal grammars and the ways they interact with each other as well
as with standard varieties. 

While there is no difference in principle between languages and
varieties or dialects, the latter are often considered by linguists to
be primarily the research domain of dialectology which, in turn, is
traditionally more focused on lexicography and phonetics/phonology.
Consequently, the grammars of dialects and regional varieties are
heavily understudied although they often diverge from the respective
standard languages quite considerably, exhibiting sometimes areal and
typological quirks. Moreover, non-standard varieties are free from
purifications and artificial norms. In this way they represent a much
better empirical basis for usage-based research on any linguistic
phenomenon without the need to take into account the confounding factors
brought about by prescriptivists. 

Despite their potential advantages, the effect of these new and positive
developments have been felt less for the East of the Circum-Baltic area
in general. This is despite the creation of a few important corpora,
such as: the morphologically annotated corpus of Estonian dialects
(www.murre.ut.ee/murdekorpus [3]), which also includes some data from
Votic and Livonian; the TriMCo dialectal corpus (www.trimco.uni-mainz.de
[4]) that will contain annotated dialect records from non-standard
Latgalian, East Lithuanian, Belarusian and Russian Pskov varieties; the
syntactically annotated corpus of Finnish dialects (The Finnish Dialect
Syntax Archive,
https://etsin.avointiede.fi/dataset/urn-nbn-fi-lb-2014052716 [5]), as
well as some other minor data sources. Thus, the Corpus of Estonian
Dialects has already been a fruitful source for corpus-based dialect
syntax studies such as Uiboaed et al. (2013), Klavan, Pilvik & Uiboaed
(2015), Lindström et al. (to appear). The overall picture is not
substantially changed by the few existing studies from different
theoretical perspectives on the grammar of West and North Russian
varieties such as Tommola (1996), Trubinskij (1972, 1988), Požarickaja
(1996), Lavine (2014), Post (2014) or Seržant (2012, 2014). 

The first aim of this conference is therefore to gather researchers
working on various domains of grammar of non-standard varieties of the
area such as morphosyntax, syntax, semantics and function of grammatical
categories. Furthermore, the regional varieties are also more suitable
for research on language contact (cf. for the general overview
Koptjevskaja-Tamm & Wälchli 2001). Though many borrowings may not only
be banned from the standard, sometimes they simply do not reach the
standard and persist only as regional traits in the close vicinity of
the source language. Moreover, non-standard varieties are much more
flexible as regards the accommodation of borrowed patterns and items.
They therefore provide more natural example cases of these processes and
better lend themselves to the study of mechanisms constraining pattern
borrowing. It seems, therefore, that investigating language contact on
the basis of non-standard varieties, especially if they are also
situated close to the respective genetic borders should be more
promising and lucid. The second goal of this conference is thus to
approach language contact from the perspective of the regional
varieties. The conference will offer a forum for scholars interested in
grammatical phenomena from understudied varieties of the Circum-Baltic
area and potentially foster comparative research on border varieties
across genetic boundaries in the area. 

WE ENVISAGE SUBMISSION ON TOPICS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE
FOLLOWING: 

 	* THE DESCRIPTION OF A PARTICULAR GRAMMATICAL PHENOMENON IN A
NON-STANDARD VARIETY FROM THE AREA; CORPUS-DRIVEN ACCOUNTS ARE
PARTICULARLY WELCOME;
 	* COMPARATIVE STUDIES ON NON-STANDARD VARIETIES OF GENETICALLY
DIFFERENT LANGUAGES;
 	* STUDIES PROVIDING EVIDENCE FOR LANGUAGE CONTACT ON THE BASIS OF
NON-STANDARD VARIETIES;
 	* CONTACT-INDUCED VARIATION AND CHANGE;
 	* THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE VARIETIES TO LINGUISTIC THEORY, TYPOLOGY,
ETC.;
 	* THE DESCRIPTION OF ACCOMMODATION AND PROPAGATION MECHANISMS OF A
BORROWED PATTERN IN NON-STANDARD VARIETIES.

INVITED SPEAKERS: 

Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven)
 Axel Holvoet (University of Warsaw)
 Björn Wiemer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
 Nicole Nau (Adam Mickiewicz University)
 Ruprecht von Waldenfels (University of Zurich), Nina Dobrushina
(National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)),
Michael Daniel (National Research University Higher School of Economics
(Moscow))
 Maria Vilkuna (University of Helsinki)
 Riho Grünthal (University of Helsinki)
 Fedor Rozhanskiy (University of Tartu)
 Petar Kehayov 

ORGANIZERS: 

Liina Lindström (University of Tartu, liina[dot]lindstrom[at]ut[dot]ee)
 Ilja A. Seržant (University of Leipzig,
ilja[dot]serzants[at]uni-leipzig[dot]de)
 Maarja-Liisa Pilvik (University of Tartu,
maarja-liisa[dot]pilvik[at]ut[dot]ee) 

CONFERENCE VENUE: University of Tartu [6] 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Abstract submission deadline: SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
 Notification of acceptance: OCTOBER 15, 2017
 Registration closes: DECEMBER 1, 2017
 Conference: FEBRUARY 1-3, 2018 
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Ilja A. Seržant, postdoc
Project "Grammatical Universals"
Universität Leipzig (IPF 141199)
Nikolaistraße 6-10
04109 Leipzig 

URL: http://home.uni-leipzig.de/serzant/ [1]

Tel.: + 49 341 97 37713
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