[Lingtyp] Call for Papers: Typology of small-scale multilingualism

Nina Dobrushina nina.dobrushina at gmail.com
Fri Oct 12 11:49:48 UTC 2018

Call for papers:


Lyon, April 15-17 2019

The conference aims to provide a forum for linguists and anthropologists to
discuss issues concerning small-scale multilingualism (Lüpke 2016, Singer &
Harris 2016), which is typical for pre-colonial societies with small
socio-political groups. The aim of the conference is to develop a set of
parameters for comparing different sociolinguistic settings across the
world. Topics to be covered include the (in)equality of languages
(egalitarian language ecology is usually considered to be a feature of
areas with high linguistic diversity), linguistic ideologies, marriage
patterns as they are related to the spread of L2s, the sources of second
language acquisition, the domains where languages are used, the existence
of lingua francas in the context of small-scale societies, and methods for
studying multilingual patterns of the past. For further details see The
typology of small-scale multilingualism

Invited Speakers:


   Friederike Lüpke <https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff31356.php> (SOAS,

   Nicholas Evans <https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/evans-nrd>
   (ANU, Canberra)


We welcome abstracts from researchers working on all areas where high
linguistic diversity is attested. We are interested both in reports on
current language ecologies and diachronic studies.

MA and PhD students are especially encouraged to apply. The organizers are
looking for additional funding which may be used to support students and
researchers from low-income countries.

The conference will consist of oral presentations and a poster session.
Abstract submitters may choose to have their abstract considered either for
a poster only, for a talk only, or for a poster or a talk.


Abstracts (PDF, 12 point font, max 1 page text + 1 page figures and
references) should be submitted to the address
smallscale.multilingualism at gmail.com before December 15, 2018. You may
submit no more than one abstract as first author.

Adjacent workshop:

Note that there will be a workshop on "Noun categorization: from grammar to
communicative interaction" taking place at DDL on 18-19 April, i.e.
immediately adjacent to this workshop.


Nina Dobrushina <http://www.hse.ru/en/org/persons/135555> (HSE, Moscow)

Olesya Khanina <http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/khanina_en> (Institute of
Linguistics RAS, Moscow & Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,
University of Helsinki)

Brigitte Pakendorf <http://www.ddl.cnrs.fr/pakendorf> (CNRS & Université
Lumière Lyon 2, Lyon)

L <https://ilcl.hse.ru/en/>aboratoire Dynamique du Langage
<http://www.ddl.cnrs.fr/index.asp?Action=Edit&Langue=EN> (DDL), the Laboratory
of Linguistic Convergence <https://ilcl.hse.ru/en/> (HSE, Moscow), and
of Linguistics <http://iling-ran.ru/main/> (Russian Academy of Sciences,

Conference web page:


Scientific committee:

Thiago Chacon
<https://collegium.universite-lyon.fr/m-thiago-chacon--39487.kjsp>, Nina
Dobrushina <https://www.hse.ru/en/staff/dobrushina>, Patience Epps
<https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/linguistics/faculty/ple92>, Jeff Good
<http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jcgood>, Olesya Khanina
<http://iling-ran.ru/main/scholars/khanina_en>, Brigitte Pakendorf
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