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LINGUIST List 22.770

Tue Feb 15 2011

Calls: Creole, Pidgin, Anthroling, Socioling/Ghana

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        1.     Magnus Huber , Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics

Message 1: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Date: 13-Feb-2011
From: Magnus Huber <magnus.huberanglistik.uni-giessen.de>
Subject: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
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Full Title: Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Short Title: SPCL Accra 2011

Date: 02-Aug-2011 - 06-Aug-2011
Location: Accra, Ghana
Contact Person: Magnus Huber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.uni-giessen.de/cms/spcl-accra

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Creole; Pidgin

Other Specialty: Creolistics

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2011

Meeting Description:

The Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics will meet in Accra, Ghana, from
Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 August 2011.

Conference Venue:

In spite of the importance of Africa in the development of Atlantic Pidgins and
Creoles, this is the first time that SPCL will meet in Africa. The meeting will
be held on the verdant and spacious campus of the University of Ghana at
Legon, a suburb of the Ghanaian capital Accra. For information on Ghana,
visit the Ghana Tourism website: http://www.touringghana.com

Academic Programme:

The conference will focus on the structure, social aspects, educational and
other pertinent issues of pidgins, creoles and other contact languages, as
well as on the history of the discipline. The programme will consist of full
papers, work-in-progress reports, as well as invited plenary talks on the
history, sociolinguistics, and the structure of West African languages,
including pidgins and creoles. The special conference theme is 'Traces of
Contact': The languages traditionally defined as creoles and pidgins often
form part of complex contact scenarios. Their phonology, grammar, and
lexicon are influenced by the other languages that they are in contact with.
This is the case in Suriname, where several creoles are in contact with each
other, in Papua New Guinea, where Tok Pisin is in contact with the English
lexifier superstrate, in Equatorial Guinea, where Pichi is influenced by the
non-lexifier superstrate Spanish, and in Mauritius where the adstrate Bhojpuri
plays a role, to mention only a few examples. Inherited substrate features
also continue to influence the trajectory of creoles and pidgins. The study of
these stratal forces can contribute to our understanding of the typological
diversity of creoles and pidgins and help us tease apart external and internal
forces of change in these languages.

Social Programme:

In addition to a series of evening programmes during the conference, we plan
to organise a trip to the botanical gardens at Aburi, overlooking the coastal
plain of Accra.

Post-Conference Excursion:

Given the historical importance of Ghana as one of the epicentres of the
transatlantic slave trade, a post-conference excursion will be offered to
interested participants. The excursion is scheduled from Sunday 7th to
Tuesday 9th August 2011 and will take participants along the Western
seaboard of Ghana to the vestiges of three forts and castles: Fort
Amsterdam (Fort Cormantin) as well as to the well-preserved Cape Coast and
Elmina Castles. We will also visit Kakum National Park, mostly undisturbed
virgin rainforest with a canopy walk suspended between trees.

Call for Papers:

Abstracts for papers on the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics,
lexicon, social aspects of language, history of the discipline, education or any
pertinent issue involving pidgin and creole languages or other contact
languages are invited for anonymous review. This includes, but is not limited
to, abstracts for papers addressing the conference theme ''Traces of Contact''
and the special session dedicated to language contact involving pidgins and

Full papers will be allowed 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion;
work-in-progress reports will be 15 minutes long, including 5 minutes for

Abstracts should be submitted on the abstract submission form available at:


Please submit your abstract online through EasyAbs at:


If (and only if) you are unable to access EasyAbs, abstracts may be sent as
an attachment to: spcl-accraanglistik.uni-giessen.de. If that option is not
available, paste all the information on the abstract submission form into the
text body of the e-mail message.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 28 February 2011.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15 March 2011 together with
the second circular. The deadline for registration is 15th May 2011.

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