Calls: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism

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Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism
Date: 09-Jan-2009
From: Anne Tamm <>
Subject: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism

Full Title: Language Contact and Change: Multiple Bilingualism
Short Title: LCC09

Date: 28-May-2009 - 28-May-2009
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Anne Tamm
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The workshop is on language contact and language change in multiple and bimodal
bilingual minorities.

Call for Papers

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.

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