Second Call -- Language Contact and Change: Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities, Tartu 2009

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jan 6 14:31:36 UTC 2009

> From: "Amiridze, Nino" <Nino.Amiridze at>
> Date: 5 January, 2009 3:24:15 PM EST
> To: <funknet at>
> Subject: [FUNKNET] Second Call -- Language Contact and Change: Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities, Tartu 2009
> [Apologies for multiple posting]
> Second Call
> Language Contact and Change: Multiple and Bimodal Bilingual Minorities
> Date: May 28, 2009
> Location: Tartu, Estonia
> Workshop at the International Conference on Minority Languages XII (ICML
> 2009)
> Website:
> Contact: tartulcc at
> The workshop aims at exploring the language contact and language change
> phenomena that characterize multiple linguistic minorities. It focuses
> on but is not confined to signed, Uralic and Caucasian languages.
> On the one hand, we intend to explore the situation of bimodal bilingualism. Data from changes in multi-modal bilingual contexts can
> lead to new insights into bilingualism, the typology and structure of
> languages, and language change and contact in general. Research into
> bimodal bilingualism can draw upon several methods and approaches
> developed for studying the bilingualism of other minority languages, and
> vice versa.
> On the other hand, we know that it is difficult to reach the bilingual
> individuals and communities that are deaf and belong to several
> linguistic minorities. Therefore, we approach the bimodal target via
> individual studies on minority languages. More specifically, we
> concentrate on the issue of language change in contact in the context of
> a typologically wide range of minority languages. We are looking for
> answers to questions such as the following:
> - How do deaf children of (hearing) parents belonging to linguistic
> minorities (e.g., Nganasan) communicate with the Deaf communities in
> their country and with their own parents?
> - How does their language change?
> - How can we test the change in the structure of the languages in
> contact in a uniform way?
> - What are the factors that influence the developments?
> - Can we work towards a typology?
> Invited keynote speakers:
> Csilla Bartha (hearing) (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest): The
> situation of the Deaf and national minorities in Hungary;
> Östen Dahl (hearing) (Stockholm University): Contact induced changes in
> tense and aspect systems;
> Tatiana Davidenko (Deaf) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
> Education): Sign Language Diversity in Post-Soviet Countries;
> Anna Komarova (hearing) (Moscow Centre for Deaf Studies and Bilingual
> Education): Development of Bilingual Education of the Deaf in
> Post-Soviet Countries;
> Gaurav Mathur (Deaf) (Gallaudet University): The relationship between
> agreement and finiteness in sign languages;
> Johanna Mesch (Deaf) (Stockholm University): Variations in tactile
> signing - the case of one-handed conversation;
> Helle Metslang (hearing) (University of Tartu): Changes in Finnish and
> Estonian tense and aspect;
> Christian Rathmann (Deaf) (Hamburg University): Minority Communities
> within German Deaf Community;
> Don Stilo (hearing) (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig): Introduction to an
> Atlas of the Araxes-Iran Linguistic Area.
> Check for updates, our interdisciplinary areas, and more research
> questions at
> Submission (deadline January 15, 2009, notification January 31, 2009).
> Abstracts (in English, maximum 2 pages, including data and references)
> have to be submitted electronically as portable document format (.pdf)
> or Microsoft Word (.doc) files via the EasyChair conference management
> system (
> If you do not have an EasyChair account, click on the button "I have no
> EasyChair Account" on that page and follow the instructions. When you
> receive a password, you can enter the site and upload your abstract.
> Organizers:
> Nino Amiridze, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
> Östen Dahl, University of Stockholm (Sweden)
> Anne Tamm, University of Florence (Italy) and Institute for the Estonian
> Language (Estonia)
> Manana Topadze, University of Pavia (Italy)
> Inge Zwitserlood, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

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