[Lingtyp] Call for papers: 2nd Descriptive Grammars and Typology Conference

Neige Rochant neige.rochant at sorbonne-nouvelle.fr
Wed Feb 3 21:00:03 UTC 2021

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce the second installment of the conference Descriptive Grammars and Typology: The challenges of writing grammars of underdescribed and endangered languages, which will take place on December 1-3 in Paris (FIAP Paris). We are counting on an on-site event complying to all sanitary restrictions that may apply (if needed, the hosting conditions will be adapted). The conference will consist of one unique general session. Talks will be 30-minute long plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Please check the conference website for all details: https://grammar2021.sciencesconf.org/

Keynote speakers:

Felix Ameka (Leiden University)
Nicholas Evans (Australian National University)
Birgit Hellwig (University of Cologne)
Aimée Lahaussois (HTL, CNRS)
Nicolas Quint (LLACAN, CNRS)

Call for papers:
The global endangerement of little-known languages has raised awareness of the urgent need to document and describe them and brought about new advances in the art of grammaticography (see e.g. Ameka, Dench & Evans 2006). The conference series 'Descriptive Grammars and Typology’, whose first installment took place in March 2019 in Helsinki (https://www.helsinki.fi/en/conferences/descriptive-grammars-and-typology), aims to contribute to the development of grammaticography by bringing together authors and users of grammars of underdescribed and/or endangered languages who share an interest in drawing on concepts of linguistic typology in grammatical descriptions.

We welcome submissions concentrating on the issues and challenges that face the authors of descriptive grammars, the expectations of grammar users, as well as wider discussion of the role of typology in grammar-writing. The presentations may take either a language-specific or a cross-linguistic perspective. This second edition of the conference will be more specifically focused on the theory and practice of grammar writing and will exclude papers concerned with the description of grammatical structures.
Topics relevant to the conference may include (but are not restricted to) the following issues:

The challenges of describing a language in its own terms and, at the same time, making it comparable to other languages
The roles of form and function in conceptualizing and organizing language descriptions
Challenges of and approaches to describing rare structures
The role of semantics in grammar writing
The role of corpora in grammar writing
Approaches to variation in language description
The relation of language and linguistic structure to language ecologies
Challenges and solutions for meeting the diverse needs of typologists, language learners and native speakers when writing a descriptive grammar

Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Please submit a one-page abstract (with references and/or examples/graphics allowed on a separate page) no later than July 01, 2021, through the conference website: https://grammar2021.sciencesconf.org (see further guidelines on the website). Abstracts will be subject to blind review. Notification of acceptance will be given on September 01, 2021.


Thera Crane (University of Helsinki)
Sebastian Fedden (Sorbonne Nouvelle University, CNRS – Lacito)
Ekaterina Gruzdeva (University of Helsinki)
Arja Hamari (University of Helsinki)
Matti Miestamo (University of Helsinki)
Yann Le Moullec (Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, CNRS – Lacito)
Neige Rochant (Sorbonne Nouvelle University, CNRS – Lacito & LLACAN)
Guillaume Segerer (CNRS – LLACAN)
Jeanne Zerner (CNRS – LLACAN)

In partnership with Labex EFL.

Program committee:

Claire Bowern
Denis Creissels
Don Daniels
Patience Epps
James Essegbey
Diana Forker
Andrew Garrett
Carol Genetti
Nadine Grimm
Antoine Guillaume
Harald Hammarström
Martin Haspelmath
Jeffrey Heath
Marian Klamer
Linda Konnerth
Maarten Mous
Bastian Persohn
Mark Post

Best wishes,

Neige Rochant
PhD student
Sorbonne Nouvelle University
CNRS – Lacito / LLACAN
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