[Ura-list] CFP: symposium Finno-Ugric languages in the Circum-Baltic area: typological maintenance and change (CIFU XIII, Vienna, August 16–21, 2020)

Helle Metslang helle.metslang at ut.ee
Sat Jul 20 05:35:23 EDT 2019


Call for papers: XIII International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies, symposium: Finno-Ugric languages in the Circum-Baltic area: typological maintenance and change
Within the XIII International Congress for Finno-Ugric Studies (Vienna.  August 16–21, 2020), the symposium on Finno-Ugric languages in the Circum-Baltic area: typological maintenance and change will be held.
The Finnic and Saami languages are among the languages of the Circum-Baltic area. The common features that have developed in these languages have led to discussions over whether the Circum-Baltic languages can be considered a Sprachbund. However, it has been found that the region is rather a contact superposition zone (Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Wälchli 2001), which is part of a buffer zone between SAE and Central Eurasia (Wälchli 2011). The Finnic and Saami languages fall either on the periphery of SAE or outside of it entirely (Haspelmath 1998, 2001). At the same time, though, changes are being observed which are bringing languages on the periphery of SAE closer to typical SAE languages (Heine, Kuteva 2006).
As regards traditional morphological typology, the Finno-Ugric languages have been regarded as agglutinative, with the Saami and southern Finnic languages exceptional due to their high degree of fusion (Korhonen 1996). Agglutination is more prominent in Finnish, but the WALS data reveal that on the global scale, Finnish does not stand out in this regard, being of only roughly average complexity (Dahl 2008).
The picture of the similarities and differences between Circum-Baltic languages can be supplemented by data from other databases.
We call on researchers of Finnic and Saami languages and the compilers and users of existing databases to present new stances and new data regarding the typology and areality of the Circum-Baltic languages, to discuss these languages’ typological similarities and differences, maintenance and change.
Organizers: Helle Metslang, Karl Pajusalu (University of Tartu)
Contact: Helle Metslang, metslang at ut.ee
https://cifu13.univie.ac.at/programme/symposia/#B2

The deadline for the submission of CIFU XIII abstracts is September 30, 2019. For more  information see  https://cifu13.univie.ac.at/call/.  Abstracts (maximally 3000 characters including  spaces) must be submitted in English, using the electronic submission tool (https://cifu13.univie.ac.at/call/online-submission/). Please remember to select symposium B.2 Finno-Ugric languages in the Circum-Baltic area: typological maintenance and change.


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