REMINDER: International Spring School - Standard and non-standard languages in Europe

Caterina Mauri caterina.mauri at UNIPV.IT
Mon Oct 20 14:37:41 UTC 2008

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"Standard and non-standard languages in Europe: future and vitality of  
dialects, language contacts and new linguistic scenarios in today's  
LETiSS - Center for Postgraduate Education and Research
Pavia, 6-10 April 2009


Dear list members,

the newborn Center for Postgraduate Education and Research on  
“Languages of Europe: Typology, History and Sociolinguistics” (LETiSS)  
ANNOUNCES the International Spring School 2009 on

"Standard and non-standard languages in Europe: future and vitality of  
dialects, language contacts and new linguistic scenarios in today's  
Europe", to be held in Pavia (Italy), 6-10 April 2009.

The LETISS Center has been launched within the frame of an institute  
for advanced studies called IUSS (Istituto Universitario di Studi  
Superiori - It is the first  
center in Italy (and in Europe) specifically dedicated to the  
linguistic situation of Europe, approached from a variety of  
perspectives. More information on the aims, the research topics and  
the activities of the Center can be found at the following URL:

The first activity organized by LETiSS is the Spring School on  
"Standard and non-standard languages in Europe: future and vitality of  
dialects, language contacts and new linguistic scenarios in today's  
Europe". The aim of the spring school is to enhance dialogue among  
young linguists interested in the topics announced in the title, under  
the guide of leading specialists. This is why the number of  
participants has been limited to 20, in order to facilitate  
interactions among them.

The Spring School will last one week, from Monday the 6th until Friday  
the 10th of April 2009, at the IUSS Institute in Pavia. The school  
will offer four courses that will last five days, according to the  
(provisional) timetable provided below. The courses will be taught by  
four scientists who have specific expertise in the topics of the school.
The everyday schedule, from Monday to Friday, will be as follows:
9-11: 1st course
11.15-13.15: 2nd course
15-17: 3rd course
17.15-19.15: 4th course
Thursday evening there will be a farewell dinner at 20.00.

1st course – Bernd Kortmann (Universität Freiburg i.Br.)
topic: Dialectology and Typology
2nd course – Thomas Stolz (Universität Bremen)
topic: Standard Average European
3rd course – Davide Ricca (Università di Torino)
topic: Dialects as Endangered languages
4th course – Suzanne Romaine (University of Oxford)
topic: Endangered languages and varieties in Europe

The exact titles and a preliminary bibliography will be online  
approximately next October.

20 advanced students in linguistics and related fields will be  
selected by the Scientific Committee of the School (see LETiSS  
website). The main criterion will be the degree of relatedness/ 
pertinence of their research interests with the topics of the School.  
In particular:
* applicants must have achieved at least the B.A. + M.A. level (= a  
five years cycle); therefore the students may be Ph.D. students, Post- 
docs, and young researchers;
* in the CV applicants should indicate any research activity and  
publication that may be relevant for the admission;
* applicants should also attach a short description (one/two pages) of  
their past and ongoing research projects.

Please send an e-mail to letiss (at) with the following  

     * Name
     * Contact info
     * Position and affiliation
     * Motivation for application (max 500 words)
     * CV (as a separate attachment)
     * Brief description of past and ongoing research projects (as a  
separate attachment).

Each participant will receive 250 Euros as partial refund for his/her  
travel and accommodation expenses, and a certificate of attendance  
will be issued at the end of the school.

- 31st October 2008: application deadline.
Applications must be sent to letiss at by the 31st October
- 30th November 2008: notification of acceptance.
The applicants who have been accepted will receive a communication  
with all the relevant informations.
- 15th December 2008: the list of the accepted participants will be  

ORGANIZERS: Caterina Mauri, Andrea Sansò, Paolo Ramat

Please send your application and any questions to: letiss at

More information can be found on the following websites:
LETiSS Center:
International Spring School 2009:

Caterina Mauri, Andrea Sansò, Paolo Ramat

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