Workshop on Catalan Studies

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Mar 30 16:18:56 UTC 2005

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Workshop 'Dialect Convergence and Standardization in Catalan and Other

Date: 23-Feb-2006 - 25-Feb-2006
Location: Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, Germany
Contact Person: Johannes Kabatek
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Catalan-valencian-balear (CLN)

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

This workshop is held as part of the 20th German Conference on Catalan
Studies / 20 Col.loqui Germano-Catal / 20. Deutscher Katalanistentag,
organized by the Department of Romance Languages of Eberhard-Karls
University of Tbingen in cooperation with the German Association for
Catalan Studies / Deutscher Katalanistenverband e.V. and the Institut
Ramon Llull Barcelona.


The workshop is devoted to the question how language planning (on both
status and corpus level), language policy in schools and education, mass
media (traditional and electronic) and other means of spreading
standardized language varieties affect diatopic variation in the case of
regional and minority languages for which the process of standardization
is still relatively recent and where the diffusion of this (comparatively)
new standard variety takes place under the conditions of diglossic
competition with another (national or international) language that in most
cases already has an established and unchallenged standard variety. The
workshop will focus on the question whether dialect convergence and
diasystematic dynamism follows the same or different pathways in the case
of minority languages as it does in ''big'' (inter-)national languages,
and how this process affects identitarian and ideological attitudes among
the linguistic communities involved. The main focus will be on Catalan,
but studies on other regional languages in Europe (and elsewhere)
including a comparative perspective on Catalan are also welcome. Papers
may be read in German, Catalan, other Romance languages, and English.

Please send an abstract no longer than one A4 page, including your name,
academic affiliation, and address, preferably as ASCII, MS WORD, HTML or
PDF file attached to an e-mail, to the conference convenor at Abstract deadline: September 30, 2005.

The conference will be held in Tbingen, a historic town in
Southwestern-Germany with a long academic tradition and which has played
an important role in the development of Catalan studies in Germany. Please
refer to the university's web-site at for
information on location and access. Detailed technical information on the
conference, registration and fees, on the scientific and social program,
travel and accomodation will be published on the conference web-site
during the summer of 2005.

Workshop organized by Johannes Kabatek (University of Tbingen) and Claus
D. Pusch (University of Freiburg im Breisgau).

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