Call for Papers: ISLOJ 7

In addition to our general Call for Papers, ISLOJ 7 will also host a special panel in memoriam of Prof. Bill Davies

The island of Java is home to several major languages. Javanese—spoken mainly in Central and East Java— is the world’s 10th or 11th largest language in number of native speakers. It has one of the oldest and fullest recorded histories of any Austronesian language. It also has been of considerable interest to scholars because of the system of speech levels or speech styles found in a number of varieties of Javanese. Sundanese—spoken in West Java— has over 27 million speakers, and Madurese—spoken on the neighboring island of Madura and throughout parts of East Java—is the third largest local language, with counts ranging from 7 to 13 million speakers. Varieties of both of these languages have speech level systems and such systems can also be found in the geographically, historically, and linguistically related languages on the neighboring islands of Bali and Lombok. Each of these languages displays a range of dialects, isolects, continua, and contact varieties and yet they have received relatively little attention from linguists. With this symposium, we offer an opportunity for scholars working on any aspect of Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, Sasak and any other non-Malay language of the region including sign languages, to come together and share their findings. Papers exploring the nature of Osing, spoken in and around Banyuwangi, are especially welcome. We aim to encourage and promote continued research on these important and unique languages.

Our keynote speakers for ISLOJ 7 are:

Abstracts are invited for papers to be presented on any linguistic topics dealing with the languages of Java and its environs—Javanese, Sundanese, Madurese, Balinese, Sasak as well as sign-languages. Papers on other languages will be judged according to their relevance to the symposium topic. Papers are welcome from any subfield of linguistics and using any approach or theoretical background. Studies of non-standard(ized) versions, dialects, and isolects, including contact varieties, are particularly welcome. All papers are to be presented in English.

Instructions. Anonymous abstracts of one-page [data and references may be on a second page] should be submitted in electronic form (PDF and MSWord) to <isloj.linguistics AT>. Please indicate your name, affiliation, and title of abstract in the body of the email or a cover page.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:
March 1, 2019

Announcement of acceptance:
March 15, 2019

We are excited to announce that this will be the first ISLOJ to offer peer-reviewed proceedings, to be published with NUSA, Linguistic Studies in and around Indonesia. Any participant is welcome to submit their paper for consideration; the relevant dates will be announced at the conference.

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