Prof. Rajendra Singh
'Center and Periphery in the Study of Language - Some Reflections on Language Contact, Socio-Cultural Linguistics and Linguistic Theory'
21. Mai 2008, 14 Uhr, Geb. B 3.2, HS 003
In this talk, I shall attempt to make the case that those of us who take multilingualism to be the unmarked case must work towards an alternative theory of linguistic form - a theory of patterns on the wings of butterflies, as Koster puts it. The only option left seems to be to work towards a new theory of linguistic form, building on the insights of linguists who have always refused to abridge the linguistic competence of the monolingual in order to accommodate her inevitably limited and skewed experience or to seek refuge in statistical measures.
Born and educated in India and trained in the U.S., Rajendra Singh is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Montreal. A theoretical linguist, he is particularly interested in phonology, morphology, language contact, and sociolinguistics. The author of several books, he is also the editor-in-chief of The Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter).