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Balkan Languages and Dialects: Typology, Dialectometry, Corpus-Based 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 quantitative methods 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: Typology, Dialectometry, Corpus-Based Studies” (Saint Petersburg 2020) carries on and extends the discussion of topics raised at the conferences on corpus-based and quantitative approaches to the Balkan languages and dialects that took place in 2016 and 2018 at the Institute for Linguistic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

We invite submissions from researchers who study various aspects of phonology, grammar, and lexicon of any or several of the Balkan languages and dialects, as well as specialists in the field of linguistic typology and comparative studies of the world’s languages who use material from the languages of the Balkan Peninsula in their works.

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, in which:

  • corpus-driven approach is applied,
  • quantitative methods of linguistic data analysis are used,
  • the material of the Balkan languages and dialects is considered in a wide typological perspective.

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

Keynote Speakers

  • Ksenia Shagal (University of Helsinki)
  • Anastasia Makarova, Peter Ranacher, Barbara Sonnenhauser (University of Zurich)

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

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