LINGUIST List 9.118

Sat Jan 24 1998

Calls: Convergence/Divergence of Dialects, WAIL

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  1. Paul Kerswill, Convergence/Divergence of Dialects Conf - final
  2. Gary Holton, Calls: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL)

Message 1: Convergence/Divergence of Dialects Conf - final

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 22:49:21 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Kerswill <>
Subject: Convergence/Divergence of Dialects Conf - final

 The Convergence and Divergence of Dialects
 in a Changing Europe

 University of Reading, 17-19 September, 1998


The final conference of the European Science Foundation Network on the
Convergence and Divergence of Dialects in a Changing Europe will take
place at the University of Reading, England, on 17-19 September,
1998. It will include invited lectures by Gaetano Berruto (Turin),
William Labov (Pennsylvania) and Peter Trudgill (Lausanne), as well as
lectures by members of the Network.
	Papers for this event are welcome from everyone working in the
area of dialect convergence and divergence in Europe, both from a
diachronic and a synchronic perspective, using qualitative or
quantitative methodology. Contributions on the smaller languages of
Europe are particularly welcome, as are papers on syntax, prosody and
discourse. Note that we take 'dialect' to refer to any non-standard
language variety, and that we exclude from consideration relations
between what are normally held to be different languages.

Closing date for receipt of abstracts: 16th MARCH 1998 (revised
deadline) Decision on acceptance of abstracts: by 8th May

1. The role of standardisation in dialect convergence/divergence 
2. Political boundaries and divergence/convergence
3. The effect of migration on convergence/divergence
4. Historical perspectives on convergence/divergence (earlier periods,
long-term changes, etc.)
5. Methods for the study of convergence/divergence
6. Dialect convergence/divergence and the light they shed on
linguistic and sociolinguistic theory


FORMAT OF PAPERS: 45 minutes (30 minutes plus 15 minutes discussion), or

ABSTRACTS: EITHER Four paper copies of a single-sheet abstract to be
sent to Paul Kerswill at the address below, OR an e-mail version to be
sent to him on State which theme your
abstract comes under, and whether it is for a paper or a poster. At
the top, give your name, institution (university, etc.), address,
e-mail address, fax and phone numbers. ABSTRACTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY
16th MARCH 1998.

REGISTRATION: See the following website and click on 'registration

- or e-mail Paul Kerswill.

The site will also contain updates, as will the ESF's:

ARRIVAL DETAILS: Reading is in the south of England, between London
and Oxford. London's Heathrow airport is under an hour away by airport
bus. Gatwick airport is easily reached by train (one hour 15

Dr Paul Kerswill (ESF) 	
Department of Linguistic Science 	
The University of Reading 	
Whiteknights, PO Box 218
Reading RG6 6AA, UK

tel. +44 118 987 5123
fax +44 118 975 3365

Peter Auer (Hamburg), co-chair of network, e-mail

Frans Hinskens (Nijmegen), co-chair of network, e-mail

Paul Kerswill, local organiser	

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Message 2: Calls: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL)

Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 15:28:51 -0800
From: Gary Holton <>
Subject: Calls: Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL)

 Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
 Santa Barbara, CA
 May 9-10, 1998

The linguistics department at the University or California, Santa
Barbara issues a call for papers to be presented at its first annual
Workshop on American Indigenous Languages (WAIL). The workshop will be
a forum for the discussion of theoretical and descriptive linguistic
studies of indigenous languages of the Americas.

The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday May 9-10, 1998 on
the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Our invited speakers will be Nicola Bessel, Wallace Chafe, and
Marianne Mithun. Dr. Bessell has worked extensively on the
phonetics/phonology interface in Coeur d'Alene Salish. Dr. Chafe's
current research involves documentation of the Seneca and Caddo
languages. He is also writing a popular book on the importance of
Native American languages. Dr. Mithun has just completed a book on the
Languages of North America for the green series put out by Cambridge
University Press.

Anonymous abstracts are invited for talks on any topic in linguistics.
Talks will be 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Individuals may submit abstracts for one single and one co-authored
paper. Abstracts should be one page with a 500 word limit. A separate
page for data and references may be included, if necessary. Abstracts
may be submitted in hardcopy or by email. The deadline for receipt of
abstracts is February 22, 1998.

For hardcopy submittal, please send four copies of your anonymous
one-page abstract. In the envelope, include a 3x5 card with the
following information:
 a. name
 b. affiliation
 c. mailing address
 d. phone number
 e. e-mail address
 f. title of your paper

Hardcopy abstracts should be mailed to:
 Workshop on American Indigenous Languages
 Department of Linguistics
 University of California, Santa Barbara
 Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Email submissions are encouraged. To submit an abstract by email, the
information that would be included on the 3x5 card should be in the
body of the email message, with the anonymous abstract sent as an

Email abstracts should be sent to:

Notification of acceptance will be by email in mid-March.

General Information

Santa Barbara is situated on the Pacific Ocean near the Santa Ynez
mountains. The UCSB campus is located near the Santa Barbara airport,
and is approximately 90 miles north of LAX airport in Los
Angeles. Shuttle buses run from LAX to Santa Barbara several times
each day. Information about hotel accomodations will be provided on
request. Crash space for participants may be available with graduate
students in the UCSB linguistics department for those who arrange

WAIL is co-sponsored by the UCSB linguistics department and the
department's Native American Indian Languages (NAIL) study group,
which has been meeting regularly in Santa Barbara since 1990,
providing a forum for the discussion of issues relating to Native
American language and culture.

For further information contact the conference coordinator at or (805) 893-3776.
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