The conference focuses on multilingualism in Western Asia, specifically of the Kurdish-populated areas of “Cross-border Kurdistan” at the convergence of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and the neighboring countries of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. In this area, several Indo-European languages are spoken, some of which include Armenian, Kurdish varieties, and Persian. A number of non-Indo-European languages (Azeri Turkic, Neo-Aramaic, and Turkish) and Caucasian languages such as Georgian are also spoken in this region. The conference aims to initiate a network that investigates contact-induced language change in this region.
|Hiwa Asadpour||Inroduction||9 - 9:30||Opening session (language contact in Western Asia: state of the art, desiderata; introducing the DFG project aims)|
|Christiane Bulut||Azeri Turkic||11:10-11:50|
|Elisabetta Ragagnin||Azeri Turkic||11:50-12:30|
|Geoffrey Haig||Kurmanji Kurdish||15:20-16|
|Thomas Juegel||Sorani Kurdish||16-16:40|
|Hiwa Asadpour||Summary of the day||17-17:15||Outlines of the day|
|Jost Gippert||Networking||17:15-open ending||Possible networking and cooperation, technical issues, and infrastructure and group discussion.|
|Discussion of linguistic features||Time||Topic|
|NENA and Kurdish parallels I||9-10:30||This will be an open discussion that aims at identifying areal features in the languages of the region.|
|NENA and Kurdish parallels II||11-12:30||Identifying areal features|
|NENA and Kurdish parallels III||14-15:30||Identifying areal features|
|Next steps||16-17||Discussion of the future network, including issues such as finance, data and standardization and harmonization (main participants only).|
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