[lg policy] calls: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 17 16:22:16 UTC 2011

Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Short Title: SPCL Accra 2011

Date: 02-Aug-2011 - 06-Aug-2011
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contact Person: Magnus Huber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.uni-giessen.de/cms/spcl-accra

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Other Specialty: Creolistics

Call Deadline: 12-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will meet in Accra,
Ghana, from Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 August 2011.

Conference Venue:

In spite of the importance of Africa in the development of Atlantic
Pidgins and Creoles, this is the first time that SPCL will meet in
Africa. The meeting will be held on the verdant and spacious campus of
the University of Ghana at Legon, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital
Accra. For information on Ghana, visit the Ghana Tourism website:

Academic Programme:

The conference will focus on the structure, social aspects,
educational and other pertinent issues of pidgins, creoles and other
contact languages, as well as on the history of the discipline. The
programme will consist of full papers, work-in-progress reports, as
well as invited plenary talks on the history, sociolinguistics, and
the structure of West African languages, including pidgins and
creoles. The special conference theme is 'Traces of Contact': The
languages traditionally defined as creoles and pidgins often form part
of complex contact scenarios. Their phonology, grammar, and lexicon
are influenced by the other languages that they are in contact with.
This is the case in Suriname, where several creoles are in contact
with each other, in Papua New Guinea, where Tok Pisin is in contact
with the English lexifier superstrate, in Equatorial Guinea, where
Pichi is influenced by the non-lexifier superstrate Spanish, and in
Mauritius where the adstrate Bhojpuri plays a role, to mention only a
few examples. Inherited substrate features also continue to influence
the trajectory of creoles and pidgins. The study of these stratal
forces can contribute to our understanding of the typological
diversity of creoles and pidgins and help us tease apart external and
internal forces of change in these languages.

Social Programme:

In addition to a series of evening programmes during the conference,
we plan to organise a trip to the botanical gardens at Aburi,
overlooking the coastal plain of Accra.

Post-Conference Excursion:

Given the historical importance of Ghana as one of the epicentres of
the transatlantic slave trade, a post-conference excursion will be
offered to interested participants. The excursion is scheduled from
Sunday 7th to Tuesday 9th August 2011 and will take participants along
the Western seaboard of Ghana to the vestiges of three forts and
castles: Fort Amsterdam (Fort Cormantin) as well as to the
well-preserved Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. We will also visit Kakum
National Park, mostly undisturbed virgin rainforest with a canopy walk
suspended between trees.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts for papers on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics,
lexicon, social aspects of language, history of the discipline,
education or any pertinent issue involving pidgin and creole languages
or other contact languages are invited for anonymous review. This
includes, but is not limited to, abstracts for papers addressing the
conference theme ''Traces of Contact'' and the special session
dedicated to language contact involving pidgins and creoles. Full
papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for
discussion; work-in-progress reports will be 15 minutes long,
including 5 minutes for discussion.

Abstracts should be submitted online through EasyAbs at:


Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 March 2011 together
with the second circular. The deadline for registration is 15th May


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