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Titel22nd Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference: Linguistic Varieties and Variation
BeschreibungUC Berkeley
22nd Annual Interdisciplinary German Studies Conference
Linguistic Varieties and Variation

Werner F. Leopold’s 1959 publication “The Decline of German Dialects” foresaw a grim future for German dialect diversity, positing that “the trend is toward a single colloquial standard over the whole territory.” Such claims of widespread dialect leveling in the face of linguistic globalization and standardization are not limited to German, and have persisted in modern literature. Despite this, there is a widening field of literature exploring new varieties of West Germanic, from dialects that mediate between standard and non-standard varieties such as the Dutch tussentaal regiolect, to post-vernacular Yiddish and such emerging “multiethnolects” as the German Kiezdeutsch.

55 years after Leopold’s prediction, the aim of this conference is to survey the past, present, and future status of nonstandard varieties. This conference aims thus most broadly to explore the linguistic structure of German, Dutch, Yiddish, English, and other Germanic dialects, but also to investigate the status of Germanic dialects outside of their traditional political and geographic lines and in the face of the new language policy of multilingual Europe. Our inquiry thus includes, but is not limited to the following questions: Where is the boundary between standard and non-standard? In what ways do non-standard varieties deviate from standard language? What are the effects of standardization on regional dialects, sociolects, and ethnolects? How have changing (and disappearing) linguistic and political boundaries affected non-standard varieties? What characterizes the processes of dialect leveling and dialect emergence? How is variation represented in literature and multimedia?

Keynote speaker to be announced.
This conference will be held in Dwinelle Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, March 1-2, 2014. Please submit a 300-word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by January 10, 2014 to

Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

-Morphological and phonological characteristics of specific language varieties
-Lexical, semantic, and syntactic characteristics of specific language varieties
-Representation of variation in literature, film, music, and the media
-German, Dutch, and Yiddish dialects beyond Europe
-Orthographic variation and transcription of Yiddish
-Varieties in contact and in diachronic perspective
-Writing and translating non-Standard varieties
-The relationship between immigrant languages and Germanic minority varieties
-Variation and Identity
-Linguistic variety in Computer-Mediated Communication
-Standard/dialect diglossia
-Dialect extinction, collapse, and resurgence

Lindsay Preseau

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
VeranstaltungsortBerkeley; University of California, Berkeley: Dwinelle Hall
PersonName: Lindsay Preseau 
Funktion: Co-Organizer 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Department of German, University of California-Berkeley 
Strasse/Postfach: 5319 Dwinelle Hall 
Postleitzahl: 94720 
Stadt: Berkeley, CA 
Telefon: 510.643.2004  
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeLinguistik; Dialektologie; Grammatik (Wortarten, Flexion, Syntax, Grammatiktheorien, Grammatikographie); Kontaktlinguistik (Sprachkontakt, Interferenzforschung, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, Mehrsprachigkeit); Kontrastive Linguistik (Sprachvergleich); Soziolinguistik (Varietätenlinguistik, div. Lekte, Register, Code); Sprache in den Medien / Medienwissenschaft (Sprache in Massenmedien, Internet und Hypertext, Medienentwicklung); Sprache und Gesellschaft (Diskursanalyse, Ethnographie, Sprachkritik, Sprachplanung, Sprachpolitik); Sprachgeschichte (Sprachwandel, Idg., Germ., Ahd., Mhd., Frühnhd.)
Klassifikation02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.04.00 Sprachatlanten; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.05.00 Grammatik; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.06.00 Orthographie; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.09.00 Deutsche Sprachgeschichte > 02.09.01 Allgemeines; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.09.00 Deutsche Sprachgeschichte > 02.09.03 Germanisch; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.10.00 Sprache im 20. Jahrhundert. Gegenwartssprache; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.11.00 Deutsche Mundarten; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.12.00 Deutsche Sprache im Ausland
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