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Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies

Date: October 18–20, 2018

Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Host Institution: Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences

199004, Tuchkov pereulok 9, Saint Petersburg, Russia

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

Meeting Email: balkancorpspb@gmail.com

Linguistic Fields: Balkan Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Areal and Contact Linguistics, Dialectology, Dialectometry, Phonology, Morphosyntax, Lexicon

Meeting Description

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 (https://iling.spb.ru/confs/balkan2016/index.html?language=en).

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 corpus studies performed on the basis of the already existing linguistic corpora and databases for the Balkan languages and dialects, and studies that apply quantitative methods of areal linguistics and typology to the Balkans as a linguistic area, or to particular micro-areas within the Balkans.

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts April 15, 2018 Notification to the Authors May 15, 2018

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)

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 rare examples of studies that analyze the Balkan languages and dialects from this point of view include the recent monograph by Evangelia Adamou, which proposes and uses an integrated method that can serve for the quantitative exploitation of free-speech multilingual corpora (Adamou 2016); dialectometric projects aimed at solving classical problems of the traditional dialectology, for example, the problem of determination of dialect borders, involving various quantitative approaches and computational methods (Houtzagers, Nerbonne, and Prokić 2010), and at identifying coherent groupings, bridge points, and anomalous dialects in the dialect landscape of a given language (Dombrowski 2014); works that analyze the Balkan area as part of macro-areas, such as Europe and Eurasia (Kortmann 1997; Nichols 2017); studies that use such macro-variables as linguistic complexity (Nichols 2009) for the investigation of dialect continua, and the identification of micro-areas of intensive contact, isolation, etc. (Rusakov and Morozova 2017); a range of corpus-based studies of grammar of the Balkan languages, first of all Albanian and Balkan Slavic (Иванова 2014; Rusakov, Morozova 2014; Морозова 2015; Rusakov 2015; Tarpomanova 2016; von Waldenfels 2016).

We invite scholars who study phonology, grammar and lexicons of the Balkan languages and dialects to submit papers for the conference “Balkan Languages and Dialects: Corpus-Based and Quantitative Studies” that will be held in Saint Petersburg, 18–20 October 2018. 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.

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

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

Anonymous abstracts of 400–500 words (excluding references) in .doc/.docx/.rtf./.pdf format should be submitted to balkancorpspb@gmail.com by April 15, 2018, with “Abstract” stated as the email subject.

The following information should be provided in the body of the email: (1) the exact title of your paper (if your abstract is in Russian, please, provide the English translation as well); (2) the first and last names of every author (if your write in Cyrillic, please, provide the English transliteration), and affiliation(s) of every author; (3) the email address of every author.

Abstracts will be evaluated and selected by the Programme Committee. We will notify you of the Committee’s decision by May 15, 2018.

There is no participation fee.

The organizers will not be able to cover participants’ travel and accommodation expenses.

References

  1. Adamou, Evangelia. 2016. A Corpus-Driven Approach to Language Contact: Endangered Languages in a Comparative Perspective (Language Contact and Bilingualism 12). Boston; Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  2. Dombrowski, Andrew. 2014. A Network Analysis of Macedonian Dialects (a Methodological Experiment). A paper presented at the 19th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore. April 25–27, 2014, University of Chicago, Illinois.
  3. Houtzagers, Peter, John Nerbonne, and Jelena Prokić. 2010. Quantitative and traditional classifications of Bulgarian dialects compared. In Scando-Slavica, 56(2), 163–188.
  4. Kortmann, Bernd. 1997. Adverbial Subordination: A typology and history of adverbial subordinators based on European languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  5. Nichols, Johanna. 2009. Linguistic complexity: a comprehensive definition and survey. In Sampson, Geoffrey, David Gil, and Peter Trudgill (eds.). Language Complexity as an Evolving Variable (Studies in the Evolution of Language 13). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 110–125.
  6. Nichols, Johanna. 2017. Is the Balkan Sprachbund a sprachbund? Typological considerations. A paper presented at the workshop on Balkan linguistics “Macro and micro variables across the Balkans”. 26 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  7. Rusakov, Alexander. 2015. Albanian Supercompound Verb Forms: A Corpus-Based Study. In Од Чикаго и назад. Papers to Honor Victor A. Friedman on the Occasion of His Retirement (Balkanistica, Vol. 28), 435–470.
  8. Rusakov, Aleksandër, Maria Morozova. 2014. Perfekti në shqipen e sotme: studimi i bazuar në tekstet e Korpusit elektronik të shqipes. In В. Rugova (kryered.). Materialet e punimeve të Seminarit XXXII Ndërkombëtar për Gjuhën, Letërsinë dhe Kulturën Shqiptare. Prishtinë, 19–30 gusht 2013. Prishtinë: KOHA Print: Fakulteti i filologjisë, 97–104.
  9. Rusakov, Alexander, and Maria Morozova. 2017. Linguistic complexity: What do Albanian dialects show? A paper presented at the Workshop on Balkan linguistics “Macro and micro variables across the Balkans”. 26 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  10. Tarpomanova, Ekaterina. 2016. Aorist and imperfect active participles ì in Bulgarian – a corpus-based study. A paper presented at the International conference “Corpus-based approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects”. 5–7 December 2016, Saint Petersburg. URL: https://iling.spb.ru/confs/balkan2016/slides/tarpomanova.pdf (accessed on January 10, 2018)
  11. von Waldenfels, Ruprecht. 2016. Easy come, easy go: Balkan Slavic motion verbs from a parallel corpus perspective. A paper presented at the International conference “Corpus-based approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects”. 5–7 December 2016, Saint Petersburg. URL: https://iling.spb.ru/confs/balkan2016/slides/waldenfels.pdf (accessed on January 10, 2018)
  12. Иванова, Елена Юрьевна. 2014. Апрехенсив в русском и болгарском языках. In Studi Slavistici XI, 143–168.
  13. Морозова, Мария Сергеевна. 2015. Filloj së bëri: аблатив отглагольного имени в конструкциях с фазовыми глаголами.In М.М. Макарцев, И.А. Седакова, Т.В. Цивьян (ред.). Балканский тезаурус: Начало. Балканские чтения 13. Тезисы и материалы. Москва, 7–9 апреля 2015 года. М.: Принт ПРО, 105–111.
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