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Calls: Historical Ling, History of Ling/Switzerland
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Revisiting the Work of Renward Brandstetter
Message 1: Revisiting the Work of Renward Brandstetter
From: Andrea Ender <andrea.enderisw.unibe.ch>
Subject: Revisiting the Work of Renward Brandstetter
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Full Title: Revisiting the Work of Renward Brandstetter
Date: 28-Jun-2010 - 29-Jun-2010
Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Contact Person: Iwar Werlen
Meeting Email: iwar.werlenisw.unibe.ch
Web Site: http://www.anthro.unibe.ch/content/index_ger.html
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; History of Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Austronesian; Germanic
Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2009
'With each language we enter into a new system of thought and sensation':
Revisiting the work of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942), Swiss linguist and
Place and Dates: Lucerne, 28-29 June 2010 (University of Lucerne)
The conference is organized jointly by the Institute of Linguistics and the
Institute of Social Anthropology of the University of Berne.
At the occasion of his 150th anniversary, the conference will revisit the work
of Renward Brandstetter (1860-1942), eminent Swiss linguist and first true
systematizer of Austronesian languages.
Trained in 19th German philological tradition, Brandstetter taught languages at
the Lycee in Lucerne and worked for a lifetime on philological, historical,
ethnographic and psychological aspects of language. Brandstetter started
studying Malay and other Austronesian languages after making the acquaintance of
the Dutch Malaiologist Niemann in 1886. He corresponded and exchanged
publications across an extensive network of fellow scientists. Using the methods
of comparative philology, Brandstetter published a number of seminal articles on
'common Indonesian' (translated into English by Otto Blagden and published by
the Royal Asiatic Society in 1916). The four articles of this volume are only a
fraction of a large body of research - some 1500 pages - published by
Brandstetter between 1886 and 1940. Becoming slightly bitter over the little
tribute he had earned in Switzerland for his work, Brandstetter devoted most of
his post-1920 research to a project of comparative Austronesian etymology which
was more tangential to the development of linguistics of the period, and is less
well known. But this project too is evidence of his mastery of these languages,
and his motivation to show the range and depth of the conceptual world they
embody. We think that it is worth re-reading Brandstetter, tracing the genealogy
of his innovative but also idiosyncratic work which is spanning the disciplines of
philology, literature, linguistics, history and ethnography.
More information on the conference will be posted on the website of the
Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne:
Dr. Jürg Schneider, Anthropologist, Berne. E-mail: jf.schneiderbluewin.ch
Prof. Iwar Werlen, Linguist, Institute of Linguistics, University of Berne.
Prof. Heinzpeter Znoj, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne.
Prof. Alexander Adelaar, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.
Prof. Robert Blust, University of Hawai'i (tbc)
Call for Papers
For the conference, we invite contributions from linguists, historians,
anthropologists and other relevant disciplines on the following themes:
Revisiting Brandstetter's studies on languages, 1880-1930
We welcome papers
- on Brandstetter's method and linguistic concepts, a field pioneered by Robert
Blust's (1986) with his study on Austronesian root theory.
- on the scientific networks of his period (1880s to 1930s), how these were
constituted, how they interacted and influenced the study of Austronesian languages
- on Brandstetter's reception, both during his lifetime and afterwards.
Brandstetter - contributions to his biography
We invite research papers
- on Brandstetter's biography and the social and political contexts which shaped
- on the philological tradition that informed Brandstetter's approach to
language, and its relevance for science, the polity and society
- on the links between the local and the global in his work
Brandstetter and dialectology
We welcome contributions
- on Brandstetter's work on Swiss-German dialects, dialectology and the
lexicographic projects of the 19th and early 20th century which was a formative
period for the Swiss nation-state
A short abstract indicating its relevance to one of the themes identified above
should be submitted until October 31st, 2009 to:
If you have any questions on the conference,
please contact a member of the scientific committee.
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