Linguistic Theory, Meet Languages of the Caucasus!

Call for Posters

The workshop will be accompanied by a poster session.

Posters can examine any of the languages of the area as long as they make a connection to theoretically relevant issues. All theoretical approaches are welcome, from functional to formal, and from primary-data-based to experimental.

Please submit your one-page abstract by March 20, 2019. (References are not included in the page count.) Submissions should be in PDF format sent as an attachment to; please provide the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s) and contact details on the first page of the PDF. One person can submit one single-authored and one co-authored abstract.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out in April 2019.

THE CAUCASUS is often called “the mountain of tongues”; this relatively small landmass between the Black and the Caspian Sea is home to almost a hundred languages, with three families indigenous to the area: Kartvelian, Nakh-Dagestanian, and Northwest Caucasian. The empirical base of general linguistics has been greatly enriched by sophisticated descriptive work on Caucasian languages. Furthermore, over the past twenty years or so, these languages have begun to make their entry into the arena of theoretical linguistics. Their potential, in terms of contributing directly to general theory and challenging existing theoretical constructs, is enormous. This workshop serves two related goals: First, it presents the richness of languages of the Caucasus to the general audience of linguists who do not necessarily work on these languages. Second, the workshop serves as an introduction to a number of theoretical challenges posed by these languages and as a platform for future topics of theoretical importance that can be explored in these languages. Finally, the workshop is a celebration of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Languages of the Caucasus (edited by Maria Polinsky).


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74100 Rethymnon Crete