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CfP: Neo-Latin Language Studies – Methodologies & Definitions

Tuesday, November 29, 2016   (0 Comments)

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Call for papers for one or more sessions at the 2018 IANLS congress in Albacete about methodological questions in Neo-Latin language studies. The premise of this call for papers is that linguistic research concerning other languages or addressing more general questions may offer insights that can be transferred to NL research. Ideally, contributors would test this hypothesis in some respect or other. Among the topics addressed could be the following:

  • Status of NL (“natural”/“artificial”; cf. “corpus language”, Langslow 2002, 23).
  • Linguistic diversification within NL (a case study in Demo 2014).
  • Variational parameters (Koch & Oesterreicher 2001, Schneider & Barron 2008).
  • Interactions between variants (~ dialect contact? Seiler 2016).
  • Differing timescape of variants.
  • Humanist Latin as superstrate variant?
  • Language change within NLs (see Jucker & Kopaczyk, eds., 2013).
  • Reception of classical Latin as transformation (see Böhme et al., eds., 2011).
  • The role of translation for NL development (a case study in Biel 2014).
  • NLs vs. medieval Latins. Differences?
  • Speakers and writers of NL (for ‘high style’ orality see Maxson 2014).
  • The vernaculars and bilingualism (Bloemendal 2015, Langslow 2002, Svensson 2014).
  • Transfer between languages (syntax <> lexicon).
  • Language contact - code-switching.
We hope for papers that address aspects of NL with an explicitly stated theoretical approach, connect the questions outlined here with similar phenomena in other disciplines, identify aspects of NL research not covered by modern linguistic theories, or any other contribution which enhances our understanding of NL by connecting or contrasting it with linguistic questions asked in the context of other languages.

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The organizers:
Johann Ramminger, Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, München, email:, website:
Camilla Horster, Aarhus University, email:, website:

About IANLS:

Guidelines for the abstracts (200 words) and information about the congress are in the First circular (download from

Please send abstracts to J. Ramminger ( before 1 March 2017. This will leave time to put together a proposal for one or more panels or (if this does not work out) to submit our papers separately (official deadline is 30 April 2017).


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