Organisation committee

Dr. Franziska Buchmann

Suzanne Dekkers

Andreas Hiemstra

Dr. Hanneke Loerts

Dr. Ankelien Schippers

Heike Schoormann  

Small languages, big ideas (SLBI)


Small languages, big ideas: the smaller Germanic languages from a theoretical, general and comparative perspective

SLBI brings together students and researchers working on smaller Germanic languages from a variety of linguistic subdisciplines, such as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, microvariation, psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition and didactics. Smaller Germanic languages hold a big research potential for broader questions in the field as they often have features rarely encountered in better studied languages, such as the lack of a (written) standard or the absence of formal instruction of the language or dialect, resulting in rich (micro)variation and a qualitatively different type of linguistic data. In this respect, the smaller Germanic languages offer a well-equipped linguistic laboratory right at our doorstep and are just as valuable for linguistic research as bigger languages (e.g. English) or smaller, exotic languages (e.g. Amazonian languages).

The previous (and first) edition of this conference was held in 2019 at the University of Zurich (SLBI 2019). The 2022 edition is jointly organized by the Universities of Oldenburg and Groningen. Both universities actively research and teach various smaller Germanic languages, in particular varieties that are spoken in the surrounding region. In Groningen, the Center for Language and Cognition (CLCG) has a special responsibility for the Dutch language and dialects spoken in the northern Netherlands (Frisian and Low Saxon, including Grunnings). In Oldenburg, the Dutch language is researched and taught within the Institute for Dutch Studies, whereas the Institute for German Studies hosts a research group for Low German and Saterland Frisian (Seeltersk), which is the only living remnant of Old East Frisian.

The invited speakers of this year’s conference are:

(to be announced)

In addition to oral presentations, the conference will also feature a poster session at the end of the first day. We particularly welcome students to take this as an opportunity to present their own work. Students who actively participate in the conference and give an oral or poster presentation will be able to receive a certificate for their participation, stating that their participation has a workload equivalent to 3 ECTS (please note you will have to clear with your own university whether you can get an official accreditation there – our certificate is not an official document!).

If the pandemic conditions allow it, this conference will be held live in Oldenburg.

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