International Symposium on Limits and Areas in Dialectology

Nov. 23-25, 2011, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: June 12, 2011

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM LIMITS AND AREAS IN DIALECTOLOGY – LimiAr –

Defining the geographical space of linguistic variation and drawing the areal boundedness of linguistic variants are classical issues in dialectology. The beginnings of geolinguistics may
be firmly linked to such interests. Even if the non-discreteness of linguistic variation is well-acknowledged, one of the most specific geolinguistic tasks still is the construction/detection of dialectal areas. Present day dialectology thus continues to count on maps in which the regional distribution of linguistic units and dialect areas appear fairly well delimited one against the other.

The development of geolinguistic methods and their outcomes over the last decades have
significantly shaped new ways of conceiving limits and areas in the study of dialect variation. Also, theoretical advances in the understanding of linguistic variation and its interplay with extra-linguistic factors opened new avenues for interpreting dialectal limits and areas.

We invite researchers to present and discuss issues related to recent developments in the
identification and delimitation of dialect areas, with special focus on:

•theoretical approaches to the spatial dimension of linguistic variation;

•cartographic representation of dialect limits and areas;

•delimitation of linguistic borders and areas and its correlation with non linguistic factors (physical and social geography, political boundaries, identity, etc.);

•evolution of dialectal areas through time.

Each presentation will be allotted 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

A limited number of abstracts will also be accepted for a poster session.

Languages for presentation: English and French.

INVITED SPEAKERS
Joan Veny (University of Barcelona)
Hans Goebl (University of Salzburg)

INVITED SPEAKER WORKSHOP “HOW SPATIAL IS DIALECT SYNTAX?”
Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
Abstracts for the Symposium should be anonymous and restricted to 500-1000 words
(title, aims and methodology, brief discussion and references), to be submitted as an attachment by e-mail to limiar@clul.ul.pt

Acceptable formats for attachments are MS Word and PDF. The following information should be included in the body of the message: name of author(s), affiliation, title of abstract, preference for poster or oral presentation, postal address, e-mail address.
Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one jointly authored.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: June 12, 2011

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: July 15, 2011

For more information, please contact the organizers at: limiar@clul.ul.pt

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: HOW SPATIAL IS DIALECT SYNTAX? – workshop

organized by the CORDIAL team as part of the International Symposium on Limits and Areas in Dialectology (LimiAr). University of Lisbon, November 23-25, 2011

The prolific development of dialect syntax over the last two decades widened up the space for dialectology and linguistic theory to meet. The rise and expansion of several national projects and transnational networks on this research domain led to the systematic study of syntactic properties of dialects, which brought to light a sharper awareness of syntactic variation and of its areal extent.

While the theoretical impact of dialect syntax continues to renew the debate about the
grammatical locus for variation, this workshop calls for contributions addressing the spatial dimension of so-called syntactic variation. The main objective is to provide a forum for researchers to present results from recent projects and discuss issues and challenges pertaining to the geolinguistic import of dialect syntax, together with its theoretical,
empirical and methodological implications.

We welcome paper submissions addressing (but not limited to) the following topics:

• geographical boundaries in dialect syntax;
• geolinguistic patterns in the areal distribution of syntactic variants;
• definition and identification of dialectal syntactic variants;
• geographical space as a grammar-external factor for syntactic variation;
• grammatical loci of “syntactic” variables;
• spatial and grammatical correlations between syntactic variants and between syntactic variables;
• idiolectal and dialectal syntactic variation;
• intra-speaker and dialectal syntactic variation;
• methodological challenges/advances in dialect syntax fieldwork;
• cartographic representation of syntactic variables and variants;
• tools for dialect syntax.

Presentations will be allotted 30 minutes, followed
by 10 minutes for discussion.

INVITED SPEAKER
Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam)

INVITED SPEAKERS (SYMPOSIUM)
Joan Veny (University of Barcelona)
Hans Goebl (University of Salzburg)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

Abstracts should be anonymous and restricted to one page (using 2,5 cm margins on all sides, single line spacing and 11pt font size), to be submitted as an attachment by e-mail to
cordialworkshop@clul.ul.pt

Acceptable formats for attachments are MS Word and PDF. The following information should be included in the body of the message: name of author(s), affiliation, title of abstract, postal address, e-mail address. Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one
individual and one jointly authored.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: June 12, 2011

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: July 15, 2011

For more information, please contact the organizers at: cordialworkshop@clul.ul.pt.

 

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