[lg policy] Workshop: Grammatical Variation within Standard Varieties of Pluricentric Languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 22 14:21:53 UTC 2012

Workshop: Grammatical Variation within Standard Varieties of
Pluricentric Languages

Date: 22-Jul-2013 - 27-Jul-2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Person: Martin Businger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.cil19.org/ateliers/grammatical-variation-within-standard-varieties-of-pluricentric-languages/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

Pluricentric languages exhibit regional variation on all linguistic
levels. However, while differences on the phonetic and the lexical
level are highly salient and perceived easily, differing structures on
the morphological or syntactical level frequently pass unnoticed. As a
result, linguistic discourse on pluricentric languages is often
restricted to the former two levels. In contrast, this workshop will
focus on the variation of syntax and morphology, addressing questions
and topics regarding standard varieties of pluricentric languages like
the following:

- Is grammatical variation within a standard language as prevalent as
lexical or phonetic variation?
- Is morphological variation more likely to occur than syntactic
variation or vice versa? Why?
- Does (near-)symmetry between the centres of a pluricentric language
facilitate grammatical variation?
- What is the (empirical and theoretical) status of relative variants
(variants that occur throughout the language area, but that are more
frequent in one centre than in others) as opposed to absolute variants
(variants that can be attested in some areas only)?
- How does language contact increase grammatical variation within
pluricentric languages?

Furthermore, we will deal with methodological issues concerning
research on grammatical variation within the standard varieties of
pluricentric languages, in particular, but not exclusively, with the
following questions:

- How are grammatical variants of a standard language to be
distinguished from 'grammar errors', based on, e.g., dialectal
interference? How can standard and sub-standard varieties of
pluricentric languages be differentiated?
- How can the use of large electronic corpora provide new insights
into grammatical variation within standard languages?
- What steps will have to be taken to improve the state of
documentation of less studied pluricentric languages?

Confirmed speaker: Prof. Dr. Joachim Scharloth, Dokkyo University.
Prof. Scharloth will give a lecture about data-driven approaches in
corpus linguistic grammar research.

This workshop is organised by Martin Businger and Susanne Oberholzer,
University of Zurich.

Call for Papers:

We would like to invite linguists working on pluricentric languages,
including (but not restricted to) Arabic, Dutch, English, French,
German, Hindi/Urdu, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish to
participate in the workshop.

Please submit an anonymous abstract not exceeding two pages including
references, with 1 inch margins and a font no smaller than 12 point.
Send a pdf file to mbusinger(at)ds.uzh(dot)ch. Your email should
include the following information:

- Name(s) of the author(s) and contact information
- Affiliation
- Email address
- Title of the abstract

Accepted papers will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation plus 10
minutes for discussion.

Submission deadline: 15 August 2012
Notification of acceptance: mid-October 2012


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