Indian Languages in Contact Situations: Historical, Typological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives

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Call Deadline: 15-November-2015

Announcement and Second Call for Papers :
We are happy to announce our second international conference under the UGC-Special Assistance Programme on Language Contact. The Conference on Indian Languages in Contact Situations is being organised by the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College, Pune (India) in collaboration with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. The conference will be held at the Deccan College (Deemed University), Pune on 4-6 February 2016.

Plenary speakers :
Prof. Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA)
Prof. K.V. Subbarao (formerly, Delhi University, New Delhi, India)
Prof.Yaron Matras (University of Manchester, U.K.)
Prof. Anju Saxena (University of Uppsala, Sweden)

Special Panel on Marathi in Contact Situations :
Plenary talk by Prof.Rajeshwari Pandharipande (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)
The Conference will be preceded by a Workshop on Language Contact on 3 February 2015. Scholars interested in pursuing research in this field may register for the workshop. Details of the workshop will be posted soon.

Submission :
The Conference invites paper submissions on the historical, typological and sociolinguistic perspectives on Indian languages in contact situations. We welcome submissions on Indian diaspora abroad. Presentations may focus on describing processes involved in bringing about particular outcomes of contact as well as on theoretical issues. Studies covering languages of different genetic origins are especially welcome.Abstracts may be submitted on topics including but not limited to the following themes:
  1. Identifyingcontact-induced change and differentiating it from language-internal change (e.g. grammaticalisation)
  2. Processes of linguistic diffusion in contact situations
  3. The role of bi/multilingualism in contact-induced change
  4. The mechanisms of contact-induced change (borrowing, diglossia, code-mixing, code-alternation, etc.)
  5. The effect of speakers’ attitudes toward contact-induced change on the outcome of contact
  6. The effects of stable contact vis-a-vis transitional contact
  7. The role of microlinguistic areas in understanding processes of language change
  8. A typology of language contact situations in India

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