Language Contact in the Amdo Sprachbund

Country: USA

City: Grand Forks

Abstr. due: 15.01.2019

Dates: 28.06.19 — 29.06.19

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-3936.html

Organizers: International Committee

 

Language contact phenomena in the Amdo Sprachbund (AS) came to the attention of the international linguistics community with Charles Li's 1983 paper ''Languages in Contact in Western China.'' First referred to as a Sprachbund by Dwyer (1995), the AS has continued to inspire a large number of studies of contact-induced linguistic changes; indeed, the vast majority of linguistically-oriented publications about the region concern themselves with contact phenomena. Claims have ranged from the mundane to the outlandish: a scholar once summed up published descriptions of Wutun by labelling it a ''language that should not be.'' Fortunately, an increasing number of synchronic descriptions have clarified the major structural features of many of the participating languages--and Wutun turns out (Sandman 2016) to be a possible language after all! 

Nonetheless, our knowledge of the AS remains very incomplete. This conference will bring together specialists with the aim of developing a clearer overall picture of the mechanisms and effects of language contact in the Bodic, Mongolic, Sinitic and Turkic varieties which participate in the Sprachbund. We are interested both in historical processes and in processes which are currently ongoing. 

We invite abstracts for papers about languages of the Amdo Sprachbund concerning the following (or related) themes: 

- Descriptions (historical or synchronic) of contact-induced changes in phonology, morphology, syntax, or lexicon 
- Typological outcomes of contact phenomena (e.g. Li 1984) 
- Sociolinguistic and sociological perspectives on the interaction of linguistic communities (papers in these areas should include a linguistic focus) 
- Mechanisms of language contact (e.g. codeswitching, bilingualism, shift) 
- Examinations of how Amdo Sprachbund contact processes may inform, clarify, and/or revise models of language contact 

Conference Web-Site: https://linguistlist.org/issues/29/29-3936.html