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F.3. Call for Papers: The 37th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, Abstract Deadline, November 12



February 12-13, 2011

The 37th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society will take place at the University of California, Berkeley on FEBRUARY 12-13, 2011.  The meeting will comprise a General Session, a Special Session, and a Parasession.  Invited speakers are listed below.


The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic research.  We welcome proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks as well as papers on language-related topics from other disciplines (e.g., cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, anthropology, literature, areal studies).

Invited Speaker

Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago



The Caucasus is an exciting and ripe area for typological study and theoretical research in all areas of linguistics.  We welcome papers from all linguistic subdisciplines pertaining to languages spoken in this diverse sociocultural and linguistic region.

Invited Speakers

Bernard Comrie, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Greville Corbett, University of Surrey



The Parasession invites papers on all aspects of the relationship between language and gender and/or sexuality.  We are looking for submissions from all linguistic subfields (i.e., not just sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, pragmatics, etc.).  Possible areas of discussion might concern the emergence of sexual identity through particular linguistic traits, or alternatively, research on top-down control of certain gender- or sexuality-related styles (but not limited to these two themes).

Invited Speakers

Mary Bucholtz, University of California, Santa Barbara

Robert Podesva, Georgetown University


Abstracts must be received no later than

Friday, November 12, 2010 at midnight (PST)

No late submissions can be accepted.  Authors will be notified of decisions concerning abstracts by mid-December.


An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract.  In the case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for official communication with BLS.

Abstracts must clearly present a specific thesis statement and include a description of topic, approach, and conclusions.

Abstracts must fit on one page with margins no smaller than .5″ in font no smaller than 10-pt (1″ margins with 12-pt font is preferred).  Data and examples must be given within the body of the text, but references may be included on a separate page if necessary.  To preserve anonymity during the review process, authors should not include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere in the abstract.

Abstracts that do not conform to these criteria will NOT be considered.


All abstracts must be submitted electronically, formatted as PDF files with the author’s name as the filename.  The body of the email to which the PDF is attached must contain the following information:

-Paper title

-Session (General Session, Special Session or Parasession)

-Names of authors

-Affiliations of authors

-E-mail address for each author

-Designation of e-mail address for official communication in the case of joint authorship

-Phone number for each author

-Please list up to three subfields (in decreasing order of relevance) from the following as possible categories for your submission:







——Historical linguistics


——Cognitive linguistics


Send electronic submissions to , with the subject line “BLS 37 Abstract”.

Please note that papers submitted to the Special Session and Parasession may be considered for the General Session as well.


Presentations are allotted 20 minutes, as well as 10 minutes for questions.  Presented papers are published in the BLS Proceedings.  Authors agree to provide camera-ready copy (up to 12 pages) by May 15, 2011.  In order to expedite publication of papers, BLS will digitally publish the proceedings from the 37th Annual Meeting.

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The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society, October 29-31

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistic Society
University of Chicago
29-31 October 2010

WORKSHOPS: In conjunction with the meeting, we are holding two workshops:


Keynote speakers:
Jouko Lindstedt (University of Helsinki)
Salikoko S. Mufwene (The University of Chicago)
Aleksandr Rusakov (University of St. Petersburg & Russian Academy of Sciences)

Led by Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley)

{see below for more information}


We invite papers on all topics in Slavic linguistics, regardless of theoretical orientation.


We invite paper proposals on all aspects of contact and Slavic, diachronic and synchronic, including such topics as contact and the development of the Slavic languages, contact between different Slavic languages, and contact between Slavic and non-Slavic languages.

Led by Johanna Nichols (University of California, Berkeley)

Deadline for abstracts: 14 September 2010 Notification: 1 October 2010
Slavic linguistics programs compete against each other for graduate students, but when it comes to undergraduate enrollments we are allies working to expand and strengthen the Slavic field and the position of linguistics in it. Slavic linguistics is a small but important field that does not need to produce large numbers of specialists but does need to reach out to non-specialists, attract more minors and double majors, and demonstrate to university administrators and our non-linguist colleagues its importance in the broader curriculum and in the task of helping form an enlightened citizenry.  This workshop is designed to share experiences and raise the visibility of  successful undergraduate elective and interdisciplinary content courses (i.e. courses other than regular language courses) that Slavic linguists teach and other Slavic linguists can profitably emulate.  We invite papers and presentations about such courses and related curricular matters.

We view this as a real workshop which will give us the opportunity to come together and discuss the role of Slavic linguistics today.

Speakers who are presenting in the main session or the contact workshop are invited to participate in the Slavic Linguistics & Curriculum workshop as well.

From the organizers:
Victor Friedman
Yaroslav Gorbachov
Lenore Grenoble

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Call for Papers: UIC Bilingualism Forum, Abstract Deadline December 1

A message from our friends at UIC:

The University of Illinois at Chicago
April 14 & 15, 2011

The UIC Bilingualism Forum is dedicated to research in any area related to bilingualism: theoretical linguistics, codeswitching, SLA, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive sciences, heritage languages, bilingual acquisition, etc.

Presentations will be 20 minutes each with 10 minutes for discussion.

Keynote Speakers:
Marcel den Dikken (CUNY)
Michael Ullman (Georgetown University)

Deadline for submission of abstract: December 1, 2010

Acceptance response by: January 15, 2010
2 page anonymous abstract including examples and references 1 separate page with name, title and affiliation

Abstracts will be submitted via Linguist List

Please contact with any questions.

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Department of Linguistics to Offer Autumn Courses in Elementary and Advanced Georgian

Tamra Wysocki-Niimi will be teaching elementary Georgian this year (listed under Languages in Linguistics). She will use Howard Aronson’s textbook (Georgian: A Reading Grammar) and supplementing with additional text, audio, and video materials that will be provided in class. For the Autumn Quarter, the class is scheduled for MWF 12:30-1:20. Please note that the class time is negotiable. She will also be offering Advanced Georgian. The course time is currently scheduled on MWF from 2:30-3:20, although this may change. If you are interested in Advanced Georgian or would like additional information, please send an email to

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Slavic Linguistics at University of California – Berkeley, Deadline November 15

The following message comes to CEERES from Johanna Nichols, UC Berkeley:

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a position in Slavic linguistics, Assistant Professor (tenure track), to begin on 1 July 2011. We seek candidates with broad specialization in Slavic linguistics, expert knowledge of Russian and at least one other Slavic language (plus some knowledge of other languages of East Europe and Eurasia), training in the cultures of the area, and competence in language pedagogy. The candidate is expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs in Slavic Languages and Literatures and in neighboring fields, including linguistics. Interdisciplinary interests and expertise are desirable. Demonstrated research excellence and teaching ability (and a PhD degree) are required.

Please submit letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a sample of scholarship (hard copies and electronic files) and three letters of recommendation (hard copies). Applicants should refer their referees to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality at  Application must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2010; early applications are encouraged. Interviews will be held at the AATSEEL convention on January 6-9, 2011.

UCB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The campus is especially interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Send materials by mail to:

Irina Paperno, Department Chair
Attention: Slavic linguistics search
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
6303 Dwinelle Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2979
tel. 510-642-2979

Electronic files:
Moriah VanVleet, Academic Personnel Assistant

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Call for Papers: British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Conference, Deadline September 15

Upcoming deadline: 15 September 2010

Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies 2011

Call for papers in Languages and Linguistics

The annual conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) will take place at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge (UK), from 2 to 4 April 2011 (

Abstracts are invited for individual 20-minute papers or for entire panels (2-3 papers) in any area of Slavonic philology, linguistics, language teaching, and translation studies.

The working languages of the conference are English and Russian. Proposals for complete themed panels are particularly welcome.

At this year’s conference we had around thirty papers in contemporary linguistics, historical linguistics, applied linguistics, semiotics, language teaching, and translation studies presented by academics and graduate students from institutions in a wide range of countries.

The annual convention as a whole brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines including literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, history, economics, politics, sociology, film and media studies as they pertain to Central and Eastern Europe and to the former Soviet Union.

To submit a paper abstract or a panel proposal, you need to download the proposal form from the BASEES website at, and email it to the linguistics stream organizer, Dagmar Divjak at The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 September 2010. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of October 2010.

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Call for Papers: Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino – Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions, Abstract Deadline: September 15

Call for Papers
Perspectives on Kurban Said’s Ali and Nino: Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic Contributions

The editors of this proposed volume seek papers that look at Kurban Said’s novel Ali und Nino (1937) from a wide range of perspectives and approaches (e.g., literary and cultural studies, linguistics, Jewish studies, gender studies, philosophy and religion) and that reflect on the text’s usefulness in the classroom from linguistic and content perspectives. Our aim is to provide a broad companion to Kurban Said’s text that helps its readers to understand the many different possible scholarly approaches and the heterogeneous readings different frameworks make possible.

Since the publication of Tom Reiss’s 1999 essay ‘The Man from the East’ (The New Yorker, October 4, 1999: 68‐83) and his subsequent book The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (New York: Random House, 2005), much more has come to light about Ali und Nino’s author. ‘Kurban Said,’ an alias of Lev Nussimbaum (1905‐1942), grew up in a Jewish household in Baku, Azerbaijan, converted to Islam and then fled to Berlin to work as a journalist and expert on the Orient under the name Essad Bey in the 1920s and 1930s. Interest in Lev Nussimbaum’s life and texts sparked by Tom Reiss’s journalistic work has led to the republication of Ali und Nino in German and English. Set in Baku around 1917, Ali und Nino tells the love story between a young Arab, Muslim man Ali and a
young Georgian, Christian woman Nino. Not only is the novel a rare example of early Germanophone literature written by a multilingual speaker from outside of the German‐speaking world, but it also takes up cultural constructions of the Orient and Occident long before Edward Said’s seminal Orientalism published in 1978. Yet, despite recent interest in the author and the book’s ability to thematize modern debates and discussions of culture, virtually no scholarly literature on Ali und Nino exists. The proposed volume seeks to change this by inviting scholars from all kinds of different backgrounds to shed their light on Ali und Nino. Themes and topics to explore may include, but are not limited to:

• East‐West dialogues
• Cultural clash(es)
• Tradition and modernity
• Religion and identity
• Love and affect
• Youth and coming of age
• Authorship and attribution
• Multilingualism

The editors envision papers solicited not just as academic exercises, but also welcome approaches that emphasize the text’s relevance for teaching literature in a culturally heterogeneous classroom. For the classroom, Said’s engaging narrative style and the book’s interesting thematic focus make the novel an accessible and relevant text for students of German to engage with linguistically and intellectually. The novel also promises teachers and students opportunities for rich dialogue about modern‐day issues. Please contact us as soon as possible, if you are interested in contributing to this volume so that we can have a preliminary discussion about the scope of your paper.

Deadline for 400‐word abstract: September 15, 2010
Deadline for final version of essay: August 15, 2011

Please e‐mail your materials to both editors:

Cori Crane, Asst. Professor ( & Carl Niekerk, Assoc. Professor ( Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign 2090 Foreign Language Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

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Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “Little Leagues and Big Leagues: The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund,” Victor Friedman, May 24

Please join us on Monday 5/24 at 3:30 pm in Cobb 107 for a
presentation in the Workshop on Language Variation and Change by our
very own Victor Friedman:

“Little Leagues and Big Leagues:  The Bases of the Balkan Sprachbund”
Monday 5/24
3:30 pm
Cobb 107 (5811 S. Ellis Avenue)

Victor Friedman
University of Chicago

Reception to follow.

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“Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes,” 12th Annual Michicagoan Linguistic Anthropology Conference, May 14-15

Linguistic Terrains: Landscapes and Socioscapes
The 12th Annual University of Michigan – University of Chicago
Graduate Student Conference in Linguistic Anthropology

The University of Chicago, May 14th and 15th, 2010

Gordon Center for Integrative Science
929 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Room W301/303

Keynote speech: Friday, May 14th, 6:00 PM
John Singler, Professor of Linguistics, NYU
“Keeping Pace with Space: The Creation and Negotiation of Stigmatized Linguistic Elements”
A crucial element of the social use of language involves the creation and negotiation of stigma, ranging in scope from the single shibboleth to the wholly stigmatized dialect. The present paper assumes that the assignment of stigma to linguistic elements arises from social motivation, but it then examines the specifically linguistic properties of stigmatized elements. It addresses a chain of linked questions, including the following:
• How much control do speakers exert over their production of stigmatized speech?
• Are there linguistic constraints on the creation of stigmatized forms? That is, are there elements of language that are likely candidates for stigma and elements which are not?
• What role, if any, does stigma play in linguistic change?

The focus of the paper is the individual as well as society, and it considers matters of agency, appropriation, and speaker awareness (while incorporating identity, ideology, and indexicality). Evidence is drawn primarily from pidgins and creoles but also from dialects of American English.

Please see the website ( for the conference schedule! (Directions to the conference venue will be added to the website shortly.)

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Post-baccalaureate Research Fellowship in Linguistics, UC Santa Cruz

The Linguistics Research Center and the Department of Linguistics at
UC Santa Cruz is seeking qualified candidates for the Foundation
Fellowship, a full-time, post-BA research position.

This position is intended for individuals who will have completed the
BA in Linguistics or a related discipline by the end of the current
academic year, and who would like to gain significant research
experience in preparation for a career in linguistics or in related
cognitive science disciplines.

The Foundation Fellow will have two kinds of responsibilities:

1. To provide research support for the LRC Labs (maintaining the
existing computational infrastructure and developing new tools)

2. To undertake a collaborative research project.

The Fellow will gain invaluable research experience in a friendly,
energetic intellectual environment and will be able to participate
fully in department life, which includes attending seminars, lab
meetings, frequent colloquia and workshops, and a variety of special
interest reading groups. It will be ideal preparation for a graduate
school application.

More information about the LRC Labs is available here:

More information about the department is available here:

A detailed announcement and job-description, along with instructions
about how to apply, is available here:

Review of applications to begin June 1, 2010. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by that date.

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