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Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies

Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

Organizers: Alexander Yu. Rusakov, Maria S. Morozova, Maxim L. Kisilier

Conference description

Since the time of classical works devoted to the common features of the Balkan languages, in the world linguistics there has been a continuing interest in studying the Balkan area, which still remains an example of a linguistic area par excellence. However, corpus-anchored works on the Balkan languages and especially dialects, as well as studies using modern methods of areal linguistics and typology in application to the Balkans as an area and to individual micro-areas within the Balkans, are not numerous.

The conference “Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-based and Quantitative Studies” carries on and extends the discussion of topics raised at the international conference on corpus-based approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects that took place in 2016 at the Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

We invite submissions from researchers who study phonology, grammar, and lexicon of any or several of the Balkan languages and dialects. The conference focuses on the presentation and discussion of synchronic and diachronic studies of any one or several of the Balkan languages and dialects, as well as of the Balkan area as a whole, applying:

  • corpus methods;
  • dialectometrical methods;
  • quantitative methods of areal linguistics and typology.

We especially encourage studies performed on the basis of the already existing linguistic atlases, linguistic corpora and databases for the Balkan languages and dialects, as well as contributions based on authors’ first-hand field data.

Keynote Speakers

  • Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Maria Kholodilova (Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg)

The languages of the conference are English, French, German, and Russian.

Speaking time is 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.