[Lingtyp] Call for papers: Typological Profiles of South Asian Languages

Peter Austin pa2 at soas.ac.uk
Sun Sep 13 10:48:55 UTC 2015

(posting on behalf of Anju Saxena)

Workshop on typological profiles of language families of South Asia

Uppsala University, 15-16 September 2016

Call for papers

The goal of this workshop is to create a forum to discuss issues concerning
the typological profiles of the major language families of South Asia.
South Asia is home to 743 languages belonging to four major language
families (Indo-European [mostly Indo-Aryan], Tibeto-Burman, Austro-Asiatic
and Dravidian) and some minor language families (including language
isolates). Despite this multitude of languages and language families, the
typological profiles of even the major language families are not well
covered in the literature. A more insightful discussion of the typological
profiles of at least the major South Asian language families will also help
us in our studies relating to, among others, language typology, language
contact and language change.

Confirmed speakers thus far:

Gregory Andersson (Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages)
Paul Arsenault (Tyndale University College)
Bernard Comrie (UCSB) & Raoul Zamponi (University of Siena)
Michael Dunn (Uppsala University)
Scott DeLancey (University of Oregon)
Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi (Deccan College)
Henrik Liljegren (Stockholm University)
Anju Saxena (Uppsala University) & Lars Borin (University of Gothenburg)
Claus Peter Zoller (Oslo University)

We invite researchers to submit abstracts for presentations at the
workshop. The following topics illustrate the kinds of themes being
considered, all with empirical data from SA languages.

- Fine-grained typological analysis of one or more South Asian language
families using WALS-type features
- Large-scale quantitative study of some linguistic aspect of a language
- Comparative lexical study using computational methods
- Distribution of selected grammatical features within or across a language
- Large-scale dialect survey of a language
- Deviating linguistic patterns within a language family
- Methodological challenges in doing large-scale comparisons
- Collecting and processing data for large-scale comparisons

Abstracts should be one (A4 or letter) page long. A second page may be
included for references and/or data. Abstracts – in pdf format only –
should be sent to:


(change the parenthesized expressions into the appropriate characters)

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 December 2015

A selected number of papers from the workshop will be considered for
publication in the Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics (de
Gruyter Mouton). For futher information see

Prof Peter K. Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Director, Endangered Languages Academic Programme
Research Tutor and PhD Convenor
Department of Linguistics, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

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