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LINGUIST List 23.109

Thu Jan 05 2012

Calls: French, Dutch, German, Luxembourgish, Socioling/Germany

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        1.     Catharina Peersman , Romano-Germanic Encounters in the Low Countries

Message 1: Romano-Germanic Encounters in the Low Countries
Date: 04-Jan-2012
From: Catharina Peersman <catharina.peersmanarts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Romano-Germanic Encounters in the Low Countries
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Full Title: Romano-Germanic Encounters in the Low Countries

Date: 22-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Catharina Peersman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Dutch; French; German; Luxembourgish

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

Conflicts in the City, Cities in Conflict? Romano-Germanic Encounters in the Low Countries

In this panel, we would like to bring together an international group of experts on Romano-Germanic encounters in the Low Countries, focusing on language contact and language conflict in urban contexts. The languages under discussion are Dutch, French, German and Luxembourgish.

Call for Papers:

We welcome papers on both the historical and the present-day situation, from any subfield of sociolinguistics (language policy, language ideology, discourse analysis, language and identity studies, etc.).

Possible research topics include:

- Language legislation and the protection of minority and majority languages
- French as a prestige language in the history of the Low Countries
- Migration and language shift, for instance in French Flanders and in Brussels
- Multilingualism in the Low Countries: status, corpus and acquisition planning
- Flemish language identities in urban contexts
- Language education and education policy
- Competing language ideologies and the position of French in Flanders
- Language policy and linguistic identities in Luxembourg city
- The German-speaking community as a 'privileged minority' in Belgium?
- French as the language of trade and diplomacy in late medieval and early modern urban life

For your abstract and presentation, we would like you to pay special attention to the following points. We feel such particular streamlining of our session's contributions is necessary for 2 reasons. Primo, given the huge number of thematic sessions at SS19, it is recommended to stress our 'unique' selling points. Secundo, we plan to publish a thematic volume on our topic and agreeing on the basic outlines beforehand might save us all time later on.

1. The historical aspect: We aim at covering a considerable time period from the middle ages to the 21st century by selecting presentations on Romano-Germanic encounters in the Low Countries across different time periods (e.g. Peersman 14th - 15th century Flanders, Rutten & Vosters 18th-19th century Flanders). This does not necessarily imply that you have to do a diachronic study, you can just as well focus on one specific time period and set it against a general historical background (which most researchers automatically do when contextualizing their research).

2. The geographical delimitation: We strictly limit our session to contact/conflict situations between a (or multiple) Romance language(s) and a (or multiple) Germanic language(s) in the Low Countries, that is: present-day Belgium, Luxembourg, the North of France ('French Flanders') and the Netherlands.

3. 'City/cities': Although this is the general theme of the Sociolinguistics Symposium you do not have to force a city into your research to get accepted. Romano-Germanic encounters do not necessarily appear most strongly in an urban contexts, so if your research does not particularly focus on a city, that is not problematic.

Please enter your abstract according to the guidelines (http://neon.niederlandistik.fu-berlin.de/ss19/cfp ) into the conference tool before January 31, 2012. We would appreciate it hugely if you could send (a draft of) your abstract to us first, for some first-hand feedback.

Good writing, stay tuned and see you in Berlin!

The organizers,

Catharina Peersman, Rik Vosters, Gijsbert Rutten

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