Language Variation and Change Workshop: “Vowel Harmony Loss in West Rumelian Turkish,” December 4

Andy Dombrowski (Slavic Languages and Literature and Linguistics)

“Vowel Harmony Loss in West Rumelian Turkish”

This paper provides a quantitative analysis of the breakdown of vowel harmony in the West Rumelian Turkish dialect spoken in Ohrid, Macedonia, in which harmony no longer exists as a productive process. Disharmony and variable allomorphy are shown to characterize all levels of the lexicon to a degree that cannot be explained as the cumulative result of known sound changes and the introduction of disharmonic loanwords. The related West Rumelian Turkish dialect of Gostivar, Macedonia, which has partially lost harmony but tends to generalize invariant morphemes to an extent much greater than Ohrid Turkish, is used as a point of contrast to illustrate different paths of vowel harmony breakdown. Grammatical interference from neighboring Slavic, Albanian, and Aromanian, which lack vowel harmony, is posited as a mechanism for the loss of vowel harmony.

Time: 3:30pm, December 4. Location:  Harper 103 (116 E. 59th St.)

Call for Papers: “Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture–10,” Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University, Deadline: December 20

Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Russia) is pleased to announce
the Jubilee collection of research articles of international scholars
“Urgent Problems of Communication and Culture – 10” which will be
published in Russia (Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University) in
December, 2009.

We invite scholars dealing with Slavic linguistics to submit their
research papers to be further published. Papers should describe
original work, complete or in progress, that demonstrates insight,
creativity and promise.

All submissions must be sent to greidina [at]
Deadline for submission: December 20, 2009.

Call for Papers: 46th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society, Deadline: January 15

Meeting Description:

Each Spring scholars with diverse backgrounds and theoretical
perspectives gather for three days of talks and discussion, followed
by our annual CLS banquet. The conference is divided into a Main
Session, comprised of talks on a broad range of linguistic issues, and
one or more Parasessions, comprised of talks on more particular issues
within a sub-field of the discipline. The 46th annual meeting of the
Chicago Linguistic Society will be held April 8-10, 2010 at the
University of Chicago. The conference will include a general session
and parassesions devoted to Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics
Interface, Multilingualism, and Probablistic Theories of Grammar.

Main Session
Invited Speaker:
John Goldsmith, University of Chicago

We welcome papers from all major linguistic subfields and frameworks as well as
from related cross-disciplinary areas. Papers relating to one of the parasession
themes will be given preference.

Reevaluating the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface
Invited Speakers:
Beth Levin, Stanford University
Chris Barker, New York University

This parasession will discuss new approaches to semantics, pragmatics, and their

Invited Speakers:
Anna Escobar, University of Illinois, Urbana/Champagne
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University

This paressesion will discuss multilingualism, including but not
limited to L1 affects on L2, learning in a multilingual environment,
and language contact.

Probabilistic Theories of Grammar
Invited Speakers:
Jason Eisner, John Hopkins University
Jason Riggle, University of Chicago

This parasession will explore issues with probabilistic theories of phonology,
morphology, syntax, and semantics, with topics including parameterization,
estimation, and parsing.

Presentation Format:
Each talk will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for
questions. Presented papers will be published in the CLS Proceedings.

Submission Guidelines:
Anyone may submit one abstract as the sole author and a second as co-author, or
two as co-author. All abstracts must be submitted online at

Abstracts must conform to the following specifications:
– PDF format, with filename ”Paper Title” (e.g., The Morphophonemics
of Robojibwe.pdf).
– 12-point font, 1-inch margins.
– Include title and keywords (i.e., CLS session title, language,
language family, linguistics subfield).
– Abstract may be no more than 500 words in length. Data, keywords,
and references are not included in the final count, but please include
all data in the main text of the abstract. Do not put data on a
separate page. Total abstract (including data and references) should
not exceed 2 pages.
– Author name(s) must not appear on the abstract or file name!
Submissions are anonymized and the author’s name will be associated
with the abstract by the Easy Abstract system.

Please note that abstracts submitted to CLS 46 will be evaluated under
a two-tiered review system involving both external and internal

All abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM CST on Friday, January 15,
2010. The authors will be notified of acceptance decisions by late
February 2010.

For questions not answered in this call, please contact us at:

Assistant Professor Position, Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Deadline: November 15

Department of Linguistics

McGill University


The Department of Linguistics, McGill University, invites applications for a tenure-track
position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 August 2010. This is a joint appointment
between Linguistics and one of the following departments: German Studies, Hispanic Studies,
Italian Studies, or Russian and Slavic Studies. The successful candidate will be an
experimentalist, working on the acquisition or processing of the syntax (or related
specializations) of German, Italian, Spanish or Russian. Additional assets include a demonstrable
ability to teach courses on topics such as the grammatical structure of the language in question,
the history of the language, dialect variation, bilingualism, etc.

General qualifications: PhD in linguistics and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching
in the area(s) of specialization. Duties will include undergraduate and graduate teaching,
graduate research guidance and administrative responsibilities. Duties will be split equally
between the two departments sharing the joint appointment. Salary: McGill scale. Deadline for applications: 15 November 2009.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada will be given priority. English is the language of instruction at McGill, but
knowledge of French is an asset.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications
from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women,
persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to
further diversification.

Applicants should send a letter of introduction, C.V., samples of research, teaching evaluations
and any additional supporting documents to the address below. Three letters of recommendation
should be sent under separate cover.

Prof. Glyne Piggott
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Linguistics
McGill University
1085 ave Docteur-Penfield
Montreal (Que)
Canada H3A 1A7

Email : connie.digiuseppe [at]
Web site :

Shawn Whelan
Administrative Secretary
McGill University
Languages and Literatures Administrative Services
688 Sherbrooke St. W., Suite 0425
Montreal QC  H3A 3R1

Call for Papers: Workshop at the 43rd Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Deadline: November 7

Workshop at the 43rd annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Vilnius, Lithuania

Peter Arkadiev (Institute of Slavic Studies, Moscow)
Jurgis Pakerys (University of Vilnius)
Contact emails: baltistica.inslav [at], Jurgis.Pakery [at]

Confirmed keynote speaker: Nicole Nau (University of Poznań)

The languages of the Baltic area have been subject to areal-typological research for quite a long time, especially during the last several decades. The current workshop aims at focusing specifically on the Baltic language group (Lithuanian, Latvian, Latgalian and their dialects), which has been up to now underrepresented in the general linguistic and typological discourse. The topics which we hope the workshop will cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

– contact-induced phenomena at different levels of language structure (phonology, morphosyntax, grammatical categories, semantics, and lexicon);
– the interplay between inherited and contact-induced features in the structure of Baltic languages;
– typological divergencies between different Baltic varieties due to areal influences of other languages (Slavic, Germanic, Finnic);
– the role of the Baltic data for the more general issues of areal linguistics, language typology, and linguistic theory.

The workshop proposal (including the preliminary list of participants and the topics of their presentations) must be submitted to the SLE organizers no later than November 15, 2009, so we ask the future participants to send us the provisional titles of their presentations with a brief description by November 7. The abstracts should be submitted by the end of December. Please, send your proposals to both addresses indicated above.

Call for Papers: The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), Deadline: October 31

NCOLCTL is soliciting articles for publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction. The envisaged segmentation of the Journal is as follows: Methodology and Technology, Academia, Beyond Academia, Social Embeddedness. Manuscripts should be a maximum of 25 pages (excluding references, charts, notes, etc.) and preferably submitted electronically via email attachment. Further formatting, cover sheet, and manuscript guidelines can be obtained at For other questions, please contact NCOLCTL by email,, or by phone 608-265-7903. Only papers received by October 31 will be guaranteed consideration for the 2010 issue.

Call for Papers: The Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore Conference, Ohio State University, Deadline: November 23

The Balkan and South Slavic Linguistics, Literature and Folklore Conference will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, April 15-18, 2010. The conference will feature the Kenneth E. Naylor Memorial Lecture in South Slavic Linguistics. This year’s Naylor Lecturer will be Eric P. Hamp, Professor Emeritus from the University of Chicago. The conference will also be held concurrently with the Midwest Slavic Conference. The conference organizers are now accepting proposals for papers that treat some aspect of Balkan and/or South Slavic linguistics, folklore, film studies, literature or culture. Abstracts should be maximum one page, including examples and bibliography if needed (12-point font, at least 1″ margins). Abstracts should be anonymous. Abstracts should be submitted, in PDF format, by email to Andrea Sims ( The paper title, author name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information should be given in the body of the email. Abstract Submission Deadline: November 23. Questions about the conference may be directed to Brian Joseph ( or Andrea Sims. More information is available at