Colloquium on the Typology of Creole languages, August 2008, Toronto

Peter Bakker linpb at HUM.AU.DK
Fri Jan 25 16:49:43 UTC 2008

2nd Call for Papers

Colloquium on the Typology of Creole languages

August 20th-23rd 2008

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Invited speakers (in alphabetical order):
Peter Bakker (Aarhus University), 
Stéphane Goyette (Brandon University), 
Alain Kihm, (University of Paris), 
Thomas Klein (Georgia Southern University), 
John McWhorter (Manhattan Institute), 
Mikael Parkvall (Stockholm University), 
Ingo Plag (Siegen University)

The aim of this colloquium is to further our understanding of the
linguistic properties of Creole languages. More specifically, this
colloquium will seek to examine the typological status of Creoles by
examining empirical evidence concerning the morphological, phonological,
syntactic and semantic properties found in Creole languages. The
possibility of establishing sub-groups of Creole languages and the
relation between the linguistic features found in Creole languages and the
linguistic features of the languages in the contact situation that gave
rise to the Creole will also be studied. Overall the contributions will
further our understanding of the typological characteristics of Creole

Papers with a cross-linguistic perspective (i.e. involving more than a
single Creole or other language) dealing with the following topics are

a)	Comparisons of the linguistic properties of Creole languages in general:
b)	Comparisons of the linguistic properties of Creole languages sharing a
common lexifier language;
c)	Comparisons of the linguistic properties of Creole languages with
different lexifier languages;
d)	Comparisons between linguistic properties of Creole languages and those
of other language families;
e)	Investigations of the possible sub-groupings of Creole languages based
on linguistic properties;
f)	Contrasts between Creole languages and non-Creole languages.
All those participants whose papers are accepted by the selection
committee will have free accommodation at the Sutton Place Hotel in
Toronto during the colloquium. Space is, however, limited to a total of
fifteen participants and seven invited speakers.

All abstracts must follow the attached guidelines and must be received by
Tuesday February 12th. 

The selection committee will inform all those who have submitted an
abstract of their acceptance or rejection by March 7th 2008.

Guidelines for Abstracts

Abstracts must respect the following guidelines established by the
Canadian Linguistic Association:

1.	Abstracts may be no longer than one (1) page, (21.6 x 27.9 cm / 8.5 x
11in) single-spaced in a 12-point font, with 1-inch (2.54 cm) margins.

2.	A complete list of references cited in the abstract must also be
submitted on an additional page. In order to help ensure anonymity,
abstracts should not contain excessive references to their authors’
publications. Furthermore, the abstract should not contain
acknowledgements for grants or to granting agencies. References in the
abstract should normally be limited to published works.

3.	Abstracts should contain
	a)	a title;
	b)	a clear and explicit statement of the research question to be examined;
	c)	a clear statement of the research context, including key references;
	d)	an indication of the main arguments involved, including key examples,
if applicable. 
	e)	a statement of the conclusions reached and an assessment of their

4.	Abstracts must be submitted in two copies, one anonymous and the other
with name(s) and affiliation(s) of the submitters.

5.	Participants are limited to one individual and one joint abstract
submission, or two joint submissions.

.DOC or .RTF files. If you use phonetic transcriptions or any other
special symbols, please ensure that the necessary character fonts are
embedded. Send your submissions to:

[ mailto:parth.bhatt at ]parth.bhatt at

The deadline for submission is February 12th 2008. All submissions will be
acknowledged. Abstracts received after the submission deadline will be
considered at the discretion of the selection committee.

Peter Bakker                                                              
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Department of Linguistics                                                
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Inst. for Anthropology, Archaeology and Linguistics       
Aarhus University                                                         
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