[lg policy] calls: Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 26 14:47:54 UTC 2010

Ibero-Asian Creoles: Comparative Perspectives

Date: 28-Oct-2010 - 29-Oct-2010
Location: Macau, Macau
Contact: Hugo Cardoso
Contact Email: hcardosoumac.mo
Meeting URL: http://www.umac.mo/fsh/ciela/ibero

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Indo-Portuguese (idb)
Macanese (mzs)
Malaccan Creole Portuguese (mcm)
Chavacano (cbk)

Meeting Description:

A look at the published studies on both the Portuguese-based and Spanish-based
Creoles of Asia reveals that, with some exceptions, rather little attention has
been given to wide ranging comparative work (but see e.g. Ferraz, 1987; Bartens,
1995; Clements 2000; 2009) and these languages remain underrepresented in
cross-linguistic studies (e.g. Holm & Patrick 2007). Most existing studies
largely concentrate either on single varieties or a specific sub-group of these
languages (e.g. the Indo-Portuguese varieties, the varieties of Chabacano, the
Malacca-Macau and Malacca-Java axes). Despite their geographical constraints,
such studies have unearthed striking patterns of similarity/dissimilarity and
opened the door to possible wider links in need of analysis. Farther-reaching
comparative work is likely to produce relevant results on many fronts -
including the reconstruction of past stages of the various languages,
identification and/or consolidation of typological/taxonomic clusters,
assessment of the impact of the different ecologies on their development, etc.

As more and more in-depth studies and descriptions of the
Portuguese/Spanish-based Creoles of Asia become available, and with the upcoming
publication of a typological database (APiCS) covering many of them, the stage
looks set to embark on the promising venture of comprehensive comparative
research. This international workshop will bring together at the University of
Macau the leading specialists on the study of the Portuguese- and
Spanish-lexified creole languages of Asia, with the aim of fostering cooperation
among scholars and promoting cross-linguistic comparative work on
these languages.


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