[lg policy] calls: Tagung Deutschlands Koloniallinguistik/ Language contact and linguistics in the former German Colonies

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Tagung Deutschlands Koloniallinguistik
Date: 19-May-2010
From: Doris Stolberg <stolbergids-mannheim.de>
Subject: 2 Tagung Deutschlands Koloniallinguistik
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Full Title: 2 Tagung Deutschlands Koloniallinguistik
Short Title: DKL 2

Date: 30-Sep-2010 - 01-Oct-2010
Location: Mannheim, Germany
Contact Person: Doris Stolberg
Meeting Email: stolbergids-mannheim.de
Web Site: http://www.ids-mannheim.de/lexik/tagung_kolonialling

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2010

Meeting Description:

The Conference 'Language contact and linguistics in the former German
colonies' (2nd Conference on Germany's Colonial Linguistics) takes place at
the Institut für deutsche Sprache in Mannheim on September 30 - October
1, 2010.

During the German colonial era, roughly between 1884 and 1914, German
administrative officials, missionaries, settlers and traders came into contact
with a previously unknown extent of linguistic diversity and 'foreignness' that
most of them were not prepared to encounter. The First Conference on
Germany's Colonial Linguistics (Unversity of Bremen, 2009) initiated a
critical acclaim of the colonial-era descriptions of the languages of Togo,
Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Micronesia, New Guinea, and Samoa.
The Second Conference on Germany's Colonial Linguistics focusses on the
investigation of how this new linguistic universe was explored. Special
attention will be paid to language interaction and contact leading to long-
term effects (e.g. borrowing).
A special context of language contact arose from the fact that the German
language came into contact with an exceptionally large number of other
languages within a geographically limited area. This setting had specific
consequences for linguistic interactions and decisions on language policy
that is not easily compared to any other sociolinguistic constellation within
the history of German. A variable use of German in administration, missions,
and schools resulted in diverging forms of language interaction and
language policies. The mutual impact on the languages involved has not
been investigated adequately to date.
The conference language is German; papers may be held in German or

Further information

Doris Stolberg
Institut für Deutsche Sprache
Postfach 10 16 21
D-68016 Mannheim

Call For Papers

Papers are invited on linguistic topics relating to the German colonial era.
We particularly welcome presentations focussing on contact-induced
linguistic interference between German and the languages of the former
German colonies, investigating possible factors that lead to variance in
linguistic outcomes.
The conference language is German; papers may be held in German or

Abstracts (max. 350 words excl. references) should be submitted to
stolbergids-mannheim.de by July 15, 2010.
Notification of acceptance will by sent out by August 1, 2010.

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