[Lingtyp] CfP: 2nd conference on Language contact in the circumpolar world

Olesya Khanina olesya.khanina at gmail.com
Wed May 1 10:56:28 UTC 2019

Dear colleagues, may I draw your attention to the 2nd conference on
Language contact in the circumpolar world with a special session on
Typology of linguistic areas (Institute of Linguistics RAS, Moscow, Russia;
25-27 October 2019).

The circumpolar world includes the Arctic as defined by AMAP (Arctic
Monitoring and Assessment Program) with adjacent areas. This vast territory
has a number of common features that set it apart from any other part of
the world: extremely harsh climate conditions, low population density,
large distances between speakers of different languages or even of the same
language, seasonal migrations for hundreds of miles, prevalence of
hunter-gatherers with absolutely no traditional farming, etc. While
language contact has been a popular topic of linguistic research in the
last couple of decades, there have been few studies that would concentrate
on the circumpolar region and specifics of language contact in the area.

The ‘Language contact in the circumpolar world’ conference will bring
together researchers studying language contact in the North, and
discussions of any aspect of the topic are welcome. Of particular
importance is the question of whether language contact in the circumpolar
world is different from that of other areas, and if so, in which particular

This is the second conference in this series, the first having taken place
at the Institute of Linguistics in Moscow in October 2017 (see
http://iling-ran.ru/main/conferences/2017_circumpolar for more details).
The first conference collected several dozens of researchers working on a
variety of topics, including linguistic history/prehistory in the north and
the methods used to reconstruct it, structural phenomena in specific
languages influenced by contact, language varieties formed by intense
contacts (pidgins, argots, non-standard varieties of Russian, etc.), areal
linguistics, sociolinguistic aspects of language contact and case studies
of specific language ecologies, language shift and language attrition, etc.
The exchange of ideas showed so fruitful that we have decided to make this
conference regular, with bi-annual meetings.

Apart from the general session devoted exclusively to the North, this 2nd
conference will feature a special session ‘Typology of linguistic areas’
whose aim is to discuss possible methodologies and successful attempts to
generalize over linguistic areas in any part of the world. How can
different linguistic areas be compared, in general and as regards
peculiarities of the language contact? What are the ways of describing
linguistic areas that would facilitate their subsequent comparison? How can
language contact in one area, e.g. in the Arctic, be contrasted to language
contact in other parts of the world? These are examples of the issues we
would like to discuss at this special session.

We welcome abstracts both for this special session or for the general
session. For the general session we invite abstracts on any topic
pertaining to language contact in the circumpolar region, including but not
limited to:

-       language change conditioned by language contact,
-       mixed languages,
-       linguistic areas or Sprachbund’s,
-       reconstructing the past through linguistic data,
-       patterns of traditional or modern multilingualism,
-       sociolinguistic details of modern or historic language contact,
-       northern varieties of larger languages that are not restricted to
the region (e.g. dialects of Russian, Swedish, English, etc.),
-       cartography of language contact areas,
-       methodology of language contact studies which takes into account
specific features of the region.

The deadline for abstract submission is June 1, 2019. Notifications of
acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent via email by the end of June.
Please submit an anonymous abstract of no more than 1 page (excluding
references) by email to circumpolar.conference at iling-ran.ru; include a
title, authors, and affiliations in your email; indicate whether your
abstract is intended for the general session or the special session
‘Typology of linguistic areas’.

The conference is organized by a research group on Language Contact in the
Circumpolar World at the Institute of Linguistics, see
http://circumpolar.iling-ran.ru for more details.

Confirmed plenary speakers:
·      Janne Saarikivi (Helsinki, Findland) ‘Linguistic substrate and the
linguistic history of the Arctic’
·      Elena Berezovich (Ekaterinburg, Russia) ‘Russian-Germanic language
contacts at the White Sea: the new field data’
·      Hein van der Voort (Belém, Brazil) ‘Contexts of language contact:
Amazonia and Arctic compared’
·      Beata Wagner-Nagy & Alexandre Arkhipov (Hamburg, Germany), tba

Organizing committee:
Olesya Khanina & Andrej Kibrik (Chairs), Maria Amelina, Mira Bergelson,
Valentin Gusev, Maria Egorova, Olga Kazakevich, Elena Klyachko, Yuri
Koryakov, Daria Mordashova, Marina Raskladkina, Maria Sidorova, Natalia
Stoynova, and Irina Khomchenkova

The working language of the conference is English; papers may also be
presented in Russian with English slides.

With best regards,

Olesya Khanina
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies & Institute of Linguistics RAS

*This year I am co-organising the following conferences:*
*'Linguistic forum' - Moscow, 4-6 April 2019: *
*'Typology of small-scale multilingualism' - Lyon, 15-17 April
2019: https://ilcl.hse.ru/smallscale/ <https://ilcl.hse.ru/smallscale/>*

*'Down by the water' - Helsinki, 6-8 November 2019:
*'Language contact in the circumpolar world' - Moscow, 25-27 October 2019*
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