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Full Title: Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia

Short Title: LaCLaCWA
Location: Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Start Date: 10-Mar-2017 - 12-Mar-2017
Contact: GRADE DocAG
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Meeting Description: The conference ''Language Contact and Language Change in Western Asia'' focuses on multilingualism in Western Asia. By Western Asia, we aim at focusing on the Kurdish-populated areas in the regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the neighboring countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. In this area, several Indo-European varieties are spoken, including Armenian, Kurdish varieties, and Persian. A number of non-Indo-European languages are spoken as well, such as Azeri Turkish, Neo-Aramaic, and Turkish. Finally Georgian and other Caucasian languages are also spoken in the region. Arabic, Persian and Turkish languages exhibit a suprastratum of Semitic, Iranian and Turkic languages due to close contact with the above-mentioned languages for centuries.

The conference explores the use of corpus methods in descriptive and theoretical analysis of word order change of natural languages in a multilingual area like Western Asia. Focal areas of interest include, but are not limited to language contact and language change in word order, information structure, and prosody. Furthermore, we are interested in theoretical and methodological issues pertaining to corpus-oriented research in language contact, i.e. tools, methods, and techniques in corpus assembly, annotation and analysis, the interaction between corpus linguistics and computational linguistics, the relevance of corpus linguistics and linguistic theory, the use of statistical and quantitative methods in detecting patterns of language change, as well as the impact of corpus-based vs. corpus-driven approaches on our view and understanding of morphosyntatic change in languages.

Invited Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Chyet, Michael (Library of Congress, Washington DC., US)
Prof. Dr. Gippert, Jost (Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Haspelmath, Martin (MPI-SHH Jena & Leipzig University, Germany)
Prof. Dr. Khan, Geoffrey (University of Cambridge, UK)
Prof. Dr. Matras, Yaron, (Manchester University, UK)
Prof. Dr. Donabedian, Anaid (Labex EFL, Inalco, SeDyL, Paris, France)

Conference Fee:

The conference fees listed below are in Euros

Full pack (including the main conference, three days of tutorials and workshops, refreshments, and conference dinner on Friday):

Frankfurt-based student: 35
Student: 55
Regular: 80

Main conference only:

Frankfurt-based student: 12
Student: 35
Regular: 65


We gratefully acknowledge the continued support of our principal sponsors GRADE and the Department of Comparative Linguistics at the University of Frankfurt.

More information will be announced in December 2016. We are looking forward to hosting you in Frankfurt.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 27.4361

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