Monday, November 30, 2015

International conference on Language Contact 2016 Langcon 2016


Indian Languages in Contact Situations: Historical, Typological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives

Call for papers can be viewed at 

Call Deadline: 15-November-2015

International conference on Language Contact 2016 Langcon 2016

Announcement and Second Call for Papers : 
We are happy to announce our second international conference under the UGC-Special Assistance Programme on Language Contact. The Conference on Indian Languages in Contact Situations is being organised by the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College, Pune (India) in collaboration with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. The conference will be held at the Deccan College (Deemed University), Pune on 4-6 February 2016. 

Plenary speakers : 
Prof. Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) 
Prof. K.V. Subbarao (formerly, Delhi University, New Delhi, India) 
Prof.Yaron Matras (University of Manchester, U.K.) 
Prof. Anju Saxena (University of Uppsala, Sweden) 

Special Panel on Marathi in Contact Situations : 
Plenary talk by Prof.Rajeshwari Pandharipande (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA) 
The Conference will be preceded by a Workshop on Language Contact on 3 February 2015. Scholars interested in pursuing research in this field may register for the workshop. Details of the workshop will be posted soon. 

Submission : 
The Conference invites paper submissions on the historical, typological and sociolinguistic perspectives on Indian languages in contact situations. We welcome submissions on Indian diaspora abroad. Presentations may focus on describing processes involved in bringing about particular outcomes of contact as well as on theoretical issues. Studies covering languages of different genetic origins are especially welcome.Abstracts may be submitted on topics including but not limited to the following themes: 
  1. Identifyingcontact-induced change and differentiating it from language-internal change (e.g. grammaticalisation)
  2. Processes of linguistic diffusion in contact situations
  3. The role of bi/multilingualism in contact-induced change
  4. The mechanisms of contact-induced change (borrowing, diglossia, code-mixing, code-alternation, etc.)
  5. The effect of speakers’ attitudes toward contact-induced change on the outcome of contact
  6. The effects of stable contact vis-a-vis transitional contact
  7. The role of microlinguistic areas in understanding processes of language change
  8. A typology of language contact situations in India
Abstract Submission Guidelines : 
Abstracts written in English should be submitted by 15 November, 2015 using Easyabs System at 
The abstract should include the following information:
  • The problem(s) being addressed
  • The central claim(s) being made
  • Data source(s) and analytical approach(es)
  • Sample examples
  • Implication(s) of the findings
Authors may submit no more than one individual and one joint (co-authored) proposal. The abstract should be 500 words maximum (excluding references). For co-authored papers indicate the email address that we should use for correspondence. On completion of the review process The book of abstracts will be published on the Deccan College website. 
For queries related to abstract submission write to Prof. Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi at 

Conference webpage : 

Extended abstract submission deadline 15 November, 2015 
Notification of acceptance First week of December, 2015 
Full paper submission deadline 20 December, 2015 
Conference registration deadline 5 January, 2016 
Conference 4-6 February, 2016 

Registration Fees : 
  1. Local delegates and students not receiving fellowship : Rs. 1500/- (documentary proof of student status from student’s department is necessary)
  2. All other delegates : Rs. 2500/-
The conference registration fee includes the conference kit, tea-break refreshment, lunches and modest accommodation on all three days of the conference.The Conference will offer limited travel funds to outstation paper presenters for train travel by AC III tier from the place of journey to Pune and back by the shortest route. Participants are requested to make their own travel arrangements and arrange for funding from their respective organizations. Delegates who wish to have hotel accommodation at their own expense may contact the organisers well in advance. 

Prof. Sonal Kulkarni-Joshi (Conference Convenor) 
Tel (Mobile) +91-9890444606, (Office) +91-2026513244 

Prof. Shailendra Mohan 
Tel (Mobile) + 91-9850342451 

Address for all postal correspondence : 
Organising Committee (Language Contact 2016) 
Department of Linguistics 
Deccan College (Deemed University) 
Yerawada, Pune 411006. 

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