[An-lang] Final Call: 24th Int'l Symp on Malay/Indonesian Ling, Honolulu, 15-17 May 2020

David Gil gil at shh.mpg.de
Sat Feb 8 11:43:35 UTC 2020

Final Call for Abstracts

The Twenty-Fourth
(ISMIL 24)

15-17 May 2020
Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA


Papers presented at ISMIL are concerned with the Malay/Indonesian 
language in any of its varieties.  In addition to the standardized 
versions of Bahasa Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia, papers are particularly 
welcome dealing with non-canonical isolects such as regional dialects of 
Malay and Indonesian, contact varieties, and other closely related 
Malayic languages.  Papers may be in any of the subfields of 
linguistics, and may represent variegated approaches and diverse 
theoretical persuasions. Presentations at ISMIL are delivered in English.


Persons wishing to present a paper at the symposium are invited to 
submit a one-page abstract in electronic form (preferably pdf, but 
MsWord also acceptable) to David Gil at the following address:

gil AT shh.mpg.de

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 14 February 2020

Notification: 1 March 2020



Bradley McDonnell, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Peter Cole, University of Delaware

Thomas Conners, University of Maryland

David Gil, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Peter Slomanson, University of Tampere

Hooi Ling Soh, University of Minnesota


ISMIL 24 will be one of a triple-header of related conferences all to 
take place in Honolulu:

Eighth International Symposium on the Languages of Java (ISLOJ8), 14-15 May


Thirtieth Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society (SEALS30), 
18-20 May



Special Joint ISLOJ/ISMIL Session on m/Minimalism in ISMIL/ISLOJ Languages

Different varieties of Indonesian, Javanese and other ISLOJ/ISMIL 
languages have been described as conforming to the general 
Western-Malayo Polynesian (Indonesian-type language) typological pattern 
characterized by moderately agglutinating morphology, symmetric voice 
systems, and fixed SVO word order. Alternatively, they have been 
described as languages with free word order, more isolating morphology, 
and no or few lexical category distinctions—typologically more like 
mainland SEA languages. Part of this discrepancy arises from the 
difference between standard and non-standard varieties. Malay is a 
macro-language that encompasses a range of native Malay varieties spoken 
in and around the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo; other varieties 
are based on a lingua franca Malay spoken throughout the Indonesian 
archipelago; modern colloquial Indonesian varieties; and the highly 
structured and standardized Indonesian. Javanese, by contrast, has many 
regional varieties, but its standard variety is based on a prestige 
variety spoken in the region of traditional political and cultural 
power. The existence of this range of varieties has led to much research 
around the question of how minimalist ISMIL/ISLOJ languages are from a 
typological perspective, especially the non-standard varieties (inter 
alia Gil 2001, 2005, 2013, 2015; Conners, Bowden, and Gil 2015; 
Jackendoff and Wittenberg 2014; Enfield 2017; Polinsky and Potsdam In 
Press) Not only are these varieties relevant for a cross-linguistic 
understanding and accounts of language complexity, the typological 
profile of ISMIL/ISLOJ varieties also raises challenges for how best to 
account in various theoretical frameworks, such as in Minimalism 
(Chomsky 1995, ff). This special joint ISMIL/ISLOJ session invites 
papers to address these issues surrounding minimalism and/or Minimalism 
in light of any of the following questions:

•How complex are ISMIL/ISLOJ languages cross-linguistically, compared to 
other Austronesian languages, standard vs. non-standard varieties, 

•How can various theoretical frameworks account for phenomena in 
ISMIL/ISLOJ languages – particularly more functional (e.g., usage-based, 
constructionist approaches) or generative frameworks (e.g., the 
Minimalist program)?

•How do ISMIL/ISLOJ languages inform various theoretical frameworks, 
both typologically and formally?

m/Minimalism Keynote speakers:

Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)

Nick Enfield (University of Sydney)

Eva Wittenburg (University of California, San Diego)

Special Joint ISLOJ/ISMIL Plenary speaker: Dwi Novi Djenar (University 
of Sydney)


Further information: https://indoling.com/ismil/ismil-24/

Inquiries: gil AT shh.mpg.de

David Gil
Senior Scientist (Associate)
Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
Kahlaische Strasse 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
Email: gil at shh.mpg.de
Mobile Phone (Israel): +972-556825895
Mobile Phone (Indonesia): +62-81344082091

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