Creole conference

Johan van der Auwera auwera at CHELLO.BE
Tue Jul 6 15:44:18 UTC 2004

Call for Abstracts:
Creole language structure between substrates and superstrates
Leipzig (Germany), 3-5 June 2005

Invited speakers:

Philip Baker (University of Westminster/Sri Lanka)
Claire Lefebvre (Université du Québec à Montréal)
Ingo Plag (University of Siegen)

Papers presented at this conference will assess the relative importance
of substrate vs. superstrate vs. second-language-universals influence in
the creation of a creole language. Particularly relevant would be
contributions that compare entire (sub)systems of creoles with their
substrate(s) and superstrate(s), so that the nature and degree of the
language mixture can be approached in a more systematic way.

One goal of the conference will be to situate creole languages within a
typology of contact-induced language change. Therefore not only creoles,
but also pidgins and other contact languages can be discussed.

Papers are welcome which present data and analyses from all areas of
language structure: lexical semantics, phonology, morphology, syntax and
discourse. Any theoretical framework is welcome,  as long as the paper
also makes an empirical contribution.

Local organizer:

Susanne Michaelis (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
michaelis at

Further members of the Abstract-reading Committee:

Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh (Universitaet Regensburg)
Marlyse Baptista (University of Georgia, Athens)
Jacques Arends (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
John McWhorter (UC Berkeley/ Manhattan Institute)
Sibylle Kriegel (Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence)

Send your one-page abstract to Susanne Michaelis at the address below,
either by email or as a hard copy, to arrive no later than November
15th, 2004.The abstract itself should contain no identification of the
author. A separate sheet or the cover e-mail should contain the title of
the abstract, the name(s) of the author(s), and one mailing address,
with telephone, fax, and email address as available:

Susanne Michaelis
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig/Germany
michaelis at
Fax +49-341-3550-333

The time allotted for presentation and discussion is 35 minutes.
English and French are the preferred languages at the conference.

Notification of acceptance is by January 15th, 2005.


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