Proceedings published!

The proceedings of last spring's graduate conference have finally been published, as a special issue of the Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (ESUKA-JEFUL), entitled "Areal Linguistics, Grammar and Contacts". As the journal is committed to open access, all of the papers of the collection, as well as all previous issues, are freely accessible online, at . Hard copies may be ordered from the University Tartu Press (see ). The authors will be receiving a free hard copy by mail. 

The  special issue consists of 11 papers based on talks given at the conference, and one regular paper:

  • Preface Andres Karjus
  • Syntactic change in an immigrant language: from non-finite to finite subordinate clauses in Turkish Pelin Onar Valk, Ad Backus
  • Contact-induced sound change: analysis of the alveolar lateral fricative in Yami Li-Fang Lai, Huiju Hsu
  • Alignment in lingua receptiva: from automaticity towards monitored code-switching Daria Daria Bahtina-Jantsikene
  • From code-switching to a mixed code: the role of parenthetical verbs in the emerging Polish-Russian mixed code in Lithuania Brigita Séguis
  • The la-form: Russian verbs in Nanai speech Sofia Oskolskaya, Natasha Stoynova
  • Nanai argument structure: Russian influence Ksenia Shagal
  • The adoption of Russian conjunctions in Udmurt Inna Kaysina
  • Loanwords and stylistics: on the gallicisms in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  Maria Volkonskaya
  • Syntactic strategies of exclamatives Natalia Zevakhina
  • Language death and revival: Cornish as a minority language in UK Zsuzsanna Renkó-Michelsén
  • Finno-Ugric substrate appellatives in Russian dialects of the Upper Kama Roman Gaidamaško
  • Coding and behaviour of Estonian subjects Helena Metslang

Call for Proceedings

Good news everyone! We have reached a tentative agreement with a potential publisher. If everything goes according to plan, the conference proceedings will be published as a special edition of the Journal of Estonian and Finno-Ugric Linguistics (see ), entitled “Proceedings of the Graduate Conference on Areal Linguistics, Grammar and Contacts”. JEFUL is an open access journal, meaning that in addition to being published in the form of a paperback journal, all of its issues are freely available online as well (as will be our proceedings collection).

The collection will be comprised of articles authored (or coauthored) by participants who gave a talk at the conference. As this is a special issue, the topics are by no means limited to Finno-Ugric linguistics. The proceedings should, however, still fall within the general themes of the conference. The only criterion for publication besides this constraint is the quality of the submission, which is decided on the basis of blind peer review (an international board of reviewers is being assembled for the occasion of the special issue). Only articles written in English will be considered.

In order to publish an article, you are required to submit a provisional title and a short summary of your article before the end of September, using this form: Please do so even if you article will have the exact same title as your conference talk. Those who have acknowledged their intent to publish by that time will be contacted with further details on the submission procedure. Full articles should be submitted by the end of November. During January, the authors will receive feedback from the reviewers and will have time to revise their articles. The proceedings issue is planned to be published during spring 2012.

To sum it up:
- 30.09. Deadline to submit a provisional title and summary.
- 30.11. Full article submission deadline.
- January 2013. Feedback from reviewers.
- Spring 2013. Publication of the proceedings.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Update concerning article length: this is not specified at the moment. We will discuss the matter with the journal in October once we have received all the summary submissions. Probably no limits will be necessary.

Conference Program Available

The conference program is now available in the Program section. The Accommodation&Travel section has been updated with detailed maps and guidelines on how to navigate your way around Tartu and reach the conference venue.

Conference schedule:
03.05. - An evening gathering for those who have arrived already (at 20.00, Kolme ahvi pub, Rüütli street 12)
04.05. - Registration from 9.30 AM, conference opening at 10.15 AM,
           - Reception and dinner in the evening.
05.05. - The second conference day.
           - Informal gathering planned
06.05. - The last conference day, with the last plenary in the afternoon.

Axel Holvoet will also be giving two lectures before the beginning of the conference, on the 3rd of May. 
- Interpretive deontics and the paradigms of imperatives.  
12-14 PM, at Jakobi street 2, room 103

- On the locus, semantic scope and development of definiteness markers.  
14-16 PM, at Jakobi street 2, room 106

Everybody is welcome to attend all talks and lectures, regardless of whether they are giving a talk at the conference or not. There is no participation fee.

We are also planning to compile and publish a peer-reviewed proceedings collection after the conference. Negotiations with potential publishers are in progress.

Free Accommodation!

We have good news to those considering participation in the Graduate Conference on Areal Linguistics, Grammar and Contacts - thanks to the generous support from the Doctoral School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics, we are able to provide free accommodation during the conference to a limited number of participants (in double rooms, at the Starest Hotel in a quiet suburb of Tartu). To be eligible, you must:
- Submit an abstract, get accepted and give a talk at the conference (the Scientific Committee will announce their decisions in February; speakers will be notified through email and on this website)
- Register early: this is a first-come-first-served offer. Conference registration will open on this website as soon as the Scientific Committee is done evaluating the abstracts. You will be given a code with which to book the room by yourself (no advance payment required).

Those interested in accommodation in a more central location (although the Starest is not too far away either) can browse the listing of accommodation options here. Those looking for something cheap yet cosy might be interested in the Looming Hostel - being a registered participant of the conference (presenting or not) entitles you to a 15% discount from the regular price!

Welcome to Tartu!

The Graduate Conference on Areal Linguistics, Grammar and Contacts will take place in the sunny springtime Tartu, Estonia, from the 4th until the 6th of May 2012. The conference is aimed at MA and PhD students, postdocs and young researchers with interests in language contact related topics, areal linguistics and typology. The purpose of the conference is to offer aspiring linguists the chance to present their work, receive broad-based feedback, and get acquainted with the perspectives and research themes beyond the borders of one's homeland. We also see this gathering as an international meeting place for young linguists who share similar research interests or work on the same languages. We invite talks dealing with research topics centered around (but not necessarily limited to) the following themes:
  • Contact-induced phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical change; 
  • Lexical and grammatical replication, shared grammaticalization; 
  • Typological investigations and wider perspectives on linguistic areas; 
  • Circum-Baltic languages in general; 
  • Language contact and sociolinguistics; 
  • Language contact and dialectal variation;
  • L1 and L2 acquisition related matters in connection with the overall themes;  
  • Globalization and its effect on minor(ity) languages;
  • Synchronic, diachronic and panchronic approaches to language contact and linguistic areas.
Due to the location of the event, there is probably going to be a number of talks dealing with Circum-Baltic languages, but other language contact areas such as the Balkans, the Caucasus or Europe in general, etc. are more than welcome, as are presentations dealing with a relevant topic in a single language or comparisons of multiple larger areas. Note that submitting an abstract is not a prerequisite for participation, but certainly highly encouraged. 

The working language of the conference is English.

Invited plenary speakers:
  • Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (Stockholm University)
  • Axel Holvoet (University of Warsaw, Vilnius University)
  • Florian Siegl (University of Helsinki) 

Scientific Committee:
  • Seppo Kittilä (University of Helsinki)
  • Tuomas Johannes Huumo (University of Turku, University of Tartu)
  • Ilona Tragel (University of Tartu)  
  • Liina Lindström (University of Tartu)


The event will be followed by the International Finno-Ugric Students Conference (IFUSCO - see their new homepage for updates), which will take place in Tartu from the 8th of May until the 11th of May 2012.