International Workshop on 'Marathi in Contact Situations-II'

announces a
International Workshop on -
March 13-14, 2015

The Department of Linguistics at the Deccan College, Pune will be hosting the second workshop on Marathi in Contact Situations on 13-14 March 2015. The workshop is conceptualized as a forum for discussing the methodology and analysis of varieties of Marathi influenced by a geographically co-territorial or contiguous language(s). The invited speaker for this workshop is Prof. Rajeshwari Pandharipande (Professor Emerita, University of Illinois, USA).

This meeting will focus on a discussion of the mechanisms of language change, both language-internal and language-external. We encourage submissions from scholars engaged in field-based enquiries into the structure and function of contact varieties of Marathi. We also welcome submissions relating to theoretical and empirical implications of Marathi in contact for typology of language contact in particular and theory of language in general. Scholars interested in pursuing research in 'contact linguistics' are also welcome to join the workshop.

The following are some of the questions to be addressed in the workshop: For Marathi in contact situations -
  1. What is the correlation between asymmetric social roles of languages and language change?
  2. What is the role of bi/multilingualism in contact-induced change?
  3. How is contact-induced change identified and differentiated from language-internal change (e.g. grammaticalisation)?
  4. What are the linguistic exponents of contact-induced change? What are the mechanisms of contact-induced change? (Borrowing, Diglossia, Code-mixing, code-alternation, etc.)
  5. How do attitudes of speakers toward contact-induced change affect the outcome of contact?
  6. How is the change accommodated in the recipient language, Marathi?
  7. Are the effects of stable contact distinct from those of transitional contact? h) Can we make generalizations (based on our findings) about contact induced change?

We welcome submission of abstracts for 30 minute presentation slots in the workshop. The abstract should fit on at most 2 pages including examples, tables/figures and references (using 12-point TIMES NEW ROMAN with reasonable margins). The abstract may be e-mailed to no later than 10 March 2015.

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