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Wed Feb 08 2006

Confs: Typology/General Ling/Bremen, Germany

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        1.    Thomas Stolz, 39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

Message 1: 39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
Date: 06-Feb-2006
From: Thomas Stolz <sle2006uni-bremen.de>
Subject: 39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea
Short Title: SLE 2006

Date: 30-Aug-2006 - 02-Sep-2006
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact: Thomas Stolz
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/sle2006/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Typology

Meeting Description:

39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE), to be held at the University of Bremen (Germany)

Meeting Description:

The theme of this international meeting is RELATIVISM AND UNIVERSALISM IN LINGUISTICS. Plenary speakers will be: Denis Creissels (Lyon), Ă–sten Dahl (Stockholm), Wolfgang Dressler (Vienna), Christian Lehmann (Erfurt), Marianne Mithun (Santa Barbara), Iwar Werlen (Bern).

Throughout the history of linguistics, two opposing views on linguistic facts have been competing with each other. Simplifying, a crude version of relativism takes the structural diversity of human languages to be evidence of the differential determina-tion of language structures by non-linguistic factors (most prominently, culture-dependent world-views, etc.). An equally crude universalism, on the other hand, denounces the very same facts as secondary and thus largely unimportant phenomena behind which the ''real'' language is hidden. This supposed real language, then, is organized in such a way that it obeys universally valid rules (which may be innate). SLE2006 wants to tackle the question of whether and how a reconciliation of the two standpoints can be achieved. Therefore, we especially welcome papers and workshop proposals which explicitly invite the discussants to weigh the pros and cons of the two vistas on language. Empirically-minded and theory-oriented contributions are equally welcome as long as they directly address the Relativism vs. Universalism dichotomy. This topic is relevant for all areas of grammar and practically all other disciplines subsumed under linguistics (from diachronic linguistics via language contact to ethnolinguistics).

Registration fees (to be paid in advance by 31 May 2006):
70 euro (100 euro after 31 May 2006)
100 euro (130 euro after 31 May 2006)
30 euro (60 euro after 31 May 2006)
For scholars from Eastern Europe:
60 euro (90 euro after 31 May 2006)

There is an on-line registration service available. Please visit our conference website (http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/sle2006/). This website also tells you how to pay the registration fees.

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline 1 April 2006)
Suggested topics are recommended, but not limited to the following areas:
- Historical linguistics
- All areas of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon)
- Typology and universals research
- Cognitive linguistics
- Psycholinguistics
- Sociolinguistics
- Language contact/Areal linguistics
- History of linguistics
- Other areas relevant to the general topic of the conference.

CALL FOR WORKSHOPS (deadline for full workshop descriptions 1 April 2006)

The organisers welcome suggestions for workshops. The number of workshops is limited to a maximum of six. There will be a slot for pre-conference workshops on 29 August 2006. Those who are interested in organising a workshop on occasion of the 39th SLE meeting are kindly asked to get in touch with the local organisers in Bremen.
Languages of the conference: English, French, German, Spanish.

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