LINGUIST List 33.749

Fri Feb 25 2022

Calls: Germanic; Applied Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 24-Feb-2022
From: Heike Schoormann <>
Subject: Small Languages, Big Ideas: the smaller Germanic languages from a theoretical, general and comparative perspective
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Full Title: Small Languages, Big Ideas: the smaller Germanic languages from a theoretical, general and comparative perspective
Short Title: SLBI

Date: 30-Jun-2022 - 01-Jul-2022
Location: Oldenburg, Germany
Contact Person: Heike Schoormann
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 14-Mar-2022

Meeting Description:

The Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen are jointly organizing the second edition of the conference Small languages, big ideas (SLBI), which will take place in Oldenburg on 30 June and 1 July 2022. SLBI 2022 brings together researchers working on Germanic languages from a variety of linguistic subdisciplines, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, microvariation, psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition and didactics. Germanic languages hold a big research potential for broader language theoretical questions and offer a well-equipped, readily accessible linguistic laboratory because of their rich (micro)variation.

2nd Call for Papers:

Confirmed Keynotes:

- PD dr. phil. Birte Arendt (Universität Greifswald): Small languages in the digital age - the example of Low German.
- Prof. dr. Elma Blom (Universiteit Utrecht): How small language learners in Friesland and Limburg build big bilingual lexicons.
- Prof. dr. Anne Breitbarth (Universiteit Gent): Parsing voices from the past: The Gesproken Corpus van de zuidelijk-Nederlandse Dialecten (GCND).
- Prof. dr. Joana Da Silveira Duarte (NHL Stenden Hogeschool/Rijksuniversiteit Groningen/Universiteit van Amsterdam) & dr. Mirjam Günther-van der Meij (NHL Stenden Hogeschool): The multilingual and digital turns in Frisian and Low-Saxon applied educational research.
- Prof. dr. Peter Gilles (Université du Luxembourg): An app-based language survey for Luxembourgish: regional variation and language contact.
- Assoc. Prof. Jozef Tancer, PhD. (Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave): title t.b.a.

In addition to oral presentations, the conference will feature a poster session at the end of the first day, in which we still have slot available. In this 2nd call for papers we invite abstracts for poster presentations only. The abstract should address one or more Germanic language(s) other than the two largest Germanic languages English and German. Aside from languages such as Dutch, Afrikaans, Scandinavian languages and Frisian we also explicitly invite research on regional language(s), contact language(s) or dialect(s) from a general or comparative perspective, linking it to linguistic theory, be it from a synchronous or diachronous perspective. We specifically encourage junior researchers and students to take this as an opportunity to present their own work. This also includes work in progress.

You can submit your abstract in any Germanic variety you like, but please also provide an English translation for practical purposes. We encourage the use of languages other than English and/or German as metalanguages for the posters. However, if you would like to present a poster in a different language, minority language or dialect, we kindly ask that an English translation of your poster be provided as a handout to ensure intelligibility. Your abstract should be maximally one A4 page, single spaced, with 2.5 cm margins and a 12-point font, formatted as a PDF-file. We allow for one additional page with data and figures, and a final page with references.

Please send your abstract to before Monday, 14 March 2022 23:59 Central European Time. The abstract (PDF-file) should be anonymized. Please provide the following details in the email itself:

- Your name and if applicable, the name(s) of your co-author(s) + affiliations
- In case you are submitting as a student (bachelor or master), please indicate so.

For additional information on the conference please visit
pages/small-languages-big-ideas. Also, please feel free to contact us via email ( for any remaining questions.

This conference is financially supported by the Taalunie and the Förderprogramm Kooperationsprojekte Groningen – Oldenburg.

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