CLARC 2018
PERSPECTIVES
ON LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY

International Linguistics Conference 
June 8 - 10, 2018
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Rijeka
Rijeka, Croatia 

Call for Papers

The Center for Language Research at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, invites you to participate in the international conference entitled 
Perspectives on Linguistic Diversity
We invite abstract proposals for individual papers and panels.

Individual Papers 

Submission deadline: November 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 19, 2018
 

Individual papers on topics related to the theme of linguistic diversity from the perspective of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, cultural linguistics, cognitive linguistics, developmental linguistics (language acquisition and language attrition), linguistic typology, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, communication science, and other related disciplines. Papers may focus on any language and any social context or historical period. We especially encourage papers considering endangered, minority and lesser-studied languages.

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 20-minute talks, followed by a 10-minute discussion. Each participant can be the first author of one presentation only. The number of joint presentations is not limited.

Abstracts should be in .pdf, .doc or .docx format and should include 300-400 words excluding the title, three key words and references. Anonymous abstracts should be submitted in Croatian and English (authors presenting in Croatian) or English (authors presenting in English).

The guidelines for the submission of abstracts of individual papers for already agreed panel sessions are the same as for those submitted for the general session. However, under the title of your paper abstract, please also indicate the name of the panel you wish like to be considered for. 

Please upload your abstracts at http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/clarc2018.

Panels

Proposal submission deadline: November 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance: January 19, 2018

We accept a) abstracts of papers to be presented in the panels listed below or b) proposals for panels on other related topics. The guidelines for the submission of abstracts of individual papers for a specific panel session are the same as for those submitted for the general session. However, under the title of your paper abstract, please also indicate the name of the panel you wish to be considered for. Please upload your abstracts for papers you wish to present in one of the panels listed below at http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/clarc2018.  

The list of panels already agreed upon:


Linguistic diversity in language development
Panel leader: Tihana Kraš, University of Rijeka

The panel is conceived as a collection of papers reporting on linguistically oriented empirical studies into language development – monolingual and bi-/multilingual, native and non-native, typical and atypical. The studies in mind are those whose primary goal is to look at factors influencing the acquisition and attrition of different linguistic phenomena – phonological, morphosyntactic, lexical,semantic, discourse and pragmatic. Papers adopting a variety of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches and looking into different languages and language combinations are welcome. Papers dealing with less commonly studied languages and language combinations are particularly welcome.

Accentual variation in standard Croatian
Panel leader: Mihaela Matešić, University of Rijeka

Research on the relationship between the norm and use of the Croatian standard language has shown that differences between these two varieties exist even at the ortoepic level. These have already left its trace on contemporary codification, whereby different approaches are used to bring normative givenness and reality of use together. In order to contribute to a more complete understanding of contemporary challenges in standardisation, presentations will look at current accentual differences in the Croatian standard language.

Linguistic diversity, construal and conceptualization
Panel leader: Benedikt Perak, University of Rijeka

Language as a symbolic tool of communication emerges from discursive practices that enact the embodied cognition and conceptualization patterns. Different types of construal patterns that are inherent in the linguistic structures provide a different cognitive approach to the referential ontological reality with potentially important pragmatic differences. The aim of this panel is to discuss theoretical approaches and methods, case studies, resources, and tools for researching the effects of linguistic construal on the conceptualization processes such as categorization, metonymic profiling, metaphoric mappings, and other figures of thought from a variety of diachronic and/or synchronic, cross-cultural and/or intra-cultural perspectives.

Syntactic diversity across time
Panel leader: Diana Stolac, University of Rijeka

The panel aims to show diachronic and synchronic syntactic differences. We invite syntacticians and other linguists to contribute to the realisation of this goal. We welcome experts in the field of historical syntax to help us identify certain syntactic features from the Middle Ages until this day, as well as experts in contemporary syntax in order to determine the current state of syntax and form assumptions about its future. We believe that both traditional and contemporary approaches to syntax will find their place in this panel.

Linguistic endangerment in Southeast Europe
Panel leader: Zvjezdana Vrzić, University of Rijeka

What languages in Southeast Europe are in danger of extinction? What is their current state of ethnolinguistic vitality and what diverse factors are driving the language shift in the communities that speak them? Are there any revitalization activities in place? If so, how successful are they and what challenges do they encounter? What documentation work is being done to preserve the languages, if any? Southeast Europe is an area where several genetically and typologically diverse languages are spoken in communities that have been interacting with each other over many centuries. In linguistic and sociolinguistic terms, the area holds great interest. For example, one such area of interest is the study of contact-induced language change among several unrelated Balkan languages belonging to the Balkan Sprachbund as well as between different Romance and Slavic languages both in the present and in the past. However, as suggested by Victor A. Friedman (2016), while the Balkan linguistic area has been extensively studied in the linguistic literature, there is scant linguistic literature documenting and analyzing language endangerment in Southeast Europe (cf. Mosley 2010). With the goal of deepening the knowledge about language endangerment in the area, we invite proposals for 20-minute presentations on endangered languages spoken in different countries in Southeast Europe. We especially look forward to receiving proposals for papers examining the socio-economic, cultural, political and historical circumstances of language shift in these endangered linguistic communities, including issues of attitudes, social status and identity; reporting on and discussing language documentation projects; and providing accounts of and/or reflecting on any revitalization movements and/or activities.


Panels on other topics may be proposed by prospective panel leader(s) and should be centered on a specific topic, approach or domain of linguistic diversity research. We invite proposals for special panel sessions including a minimum of five and a maximum of ten 20-minute presentations, followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Proposals for panels should be in .pdf, .doc or .docx format and include a 200-300-word description and a list of presenters, titles of their presentations and brief descriptions of their papers. Panel abstracts should be submitted in Croatian and English (authors presenting in Croatian) or English (authors presenting in English). Please upload your panel abstracts at http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/clarc2018.

Conference Themes

CLARC 2018 seeks quality, unpublished papers that address the theories, empirical data, tools, techniques and methodologies used in language diversity research related, but not limited, to the following topics:
  • Diminishment of linguistic diversity
  • Language contact
  • Language maintenance and shift
  • Language documentation of minority and endangered languages
  • Language revitalization of minority and endangered languages
  • Language planning and policies of minority and endangered languages
  • Maintenance of linguistic diversity through literary production
  • Acquisition of minority, endangered and other lesser-studied languages
  • First, second and third language acquisition
  • First language attrition
  • Heritage language acquisition
  • English as a lingua franca
  • Linguistic typology, especially as relevant to minority, endangered and other lesser-studied languages
  • Social, linguistic, cognitive and neurolinguistic approaches to bi-/multilingualism
  • New types of diversity and the development of new languages (natural or artificial languages)
  • Corpus creation and linguistic resources for the study and preservation of linguistic diversity
  • Regional, urban and social dialect diversity and super-diversity
  • Language ideology and identity
  • Linguistic human rights and linguistic imperialism
  • Effects of linguistic diversity on communication and cognition
  • Usage models of language and cognitive linguistic studies
  • Comparative studies of metonymy and metaphor
  • Social and cultural variation in cognition and language use
  • Phylogenetic and ontogenetic approaches to linguistic diversity
  • Biological and psychological conditions of the development of linguistic diversity


The working languages of the conference are English and Croatian.

Proposals for all types of presentations will be evaluated anonymously based on their contribution to the field, quality of content, thematic relevance and quality of abstract.  

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

We are honored to announce that the following distinguished scholars will present their plenary lectures:

Jason Rothman

University of Reading
University of Tromsø

Lenore Grenoble

University of Chicago

Thede Kahl

University of Jena

Ranko Matasović

University of Zagreb

Daniel Zeman

Charles University in Prague

Publication of Papers

Publication of conference papers, subject to a standard reviewing procedure, is planned for in the form of a special issue of the Croatian linguistic journal Suvremena lingvistika. Additional publication plans will be announced at a later point.

Registration Fees

Registration fees cover the cost of conference materials and refreshments during the breaks.
The presenters will receive the information on how to pay the registration fees along with the notification of acceptance.
The information on how to pay the registration fees will also be available at the conference website at www.cji.uniri.hr/clarc2018.
On-site registration will not be available.

Early registration: March 1 – April 15, 2018

Payment from abroad: 75 EUR 

Payment from Croatia: 525 HRK




Late registration: April 16 – May 7, 2018

Payment from abroad: 100 EUR

Payment from Croatia: 700 HRK

Pre-conference Workshop

Information about the pre-conference workshop will be available at a later point.

Social Program

Information about the conference dinner will be available at a later point.

Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020

Venue

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Universty of Rijeka
Sveučilišna avenija 4 
51000 Rijeka
Croatia, EU

Organizing Comittee

Benedikt Perak (co-chair)
Zvjezdana Vrzić (co-chair)
Vesna Deželjin
Branka Drljača Margić
Cecilija Katunar
Tihana Kraš
Mihaela Matešić
Siniša Smiljanić
Diana Stolac
Iris Vidmar
Silvana Vranić
Greta Grakalić Rački

Programming Committee

Vesna Deželjin
Branka Drljača Margić
Cecilija Katunar
Tihana Kraš
Mihaela Matešić
Benedikt Perak
Jason Rothman
Diana Stolac
Iris Vidmar
Silvana Vranić
Zvjezdana Vrzić
 Lenore Grenoble
Thede Kahl 

CLARC 2018

PERSPECTIVES ON LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY

Conference dates:
June 8 - 10, 2018
Submission deadline (individual paper and panel proposal abstracts):
November 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance (individual paper and panel proposal abstracts):
January 19, 2018
Early registration: March 1 – April 15, 2018
Late registration: April 16 – May 7, 2018
Conference program announcement: May 15, 2018