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Call for Papers

German in Austria
and Other Pluricentric Contexts

Variation – Contact – Perception   

The conference will focus on pluricentric/pluriareal Languages in their complex linguistic and socio-linguistic contexts from the perspective of variationist linguistics, language contact studies, perceptionist linguistics and studies into language attitudes. A special emphasis will be placed on varieties of the German language in Austria. Consideration will be made for synchronic and diachronic variation at all linguistic levels and with regard to all varieties of languages as well as their contact languages.

In addition, the conference will highlight contributions from the field of "Digital Humanities" that have as their research object the collection and preparation of linguistic data about the topic.

The conference seeks to foster the exchange of ideas among a broad and international audience and to create a space for the discussion of a wide variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to pluricentricity and pluriareality.

In accordance with the conference topic, submissions are encouraged to focus on research into the following aspects and fields:

  • Language variation within the framework of variationist linguistics and interactional sociolinguistics
  • Language variation, attitudes and perception of pluricentric languages and their varieties
  • Language variation within the German language area
  • Language variation and linguistic ethnography
  • Language variation, attitudes and perception within multilingual settings
  • Language variation, attitudes and perception within urban settings
  • Language variation and language contact
  • Sociolinguistic variation in time

We cordially invite anyone who is either conducting theoretical or empircal research in this broadly defined subject area or just generally interested in the topic to take part and Opens internal link in current windowregister by 20 June 2016.

If you would like to give a talk or present a poster, we kindly ask you to  submit an abstract of between 1,500 (minimum) and 2,000 (maximum) characters by 31 January 2016 via EasyAbs: 

Opens external link in new windowhttp://linguistlist.org/easyabs/dioe2016

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 28 February 2016.

Due to the numerous submissions we have had to postpone the notifications of acceptance. Thank you for your understanding.




Prof. Dr. Alexandra N. Lenz
Institut für Germanistik
University of Vienna
Universitätsring 1
A-1010 Vienna
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