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Welcome to the official website of the
International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics (SIDG)


September 2015

Dear Members, Colleagues and Friends,

Some of us will recall the day in Vienna in July 2012 when our last conference took place. It was no small surprise for us then to be invited for our next conference to North Cyprus. At that time, the year 2015 seemed far away, and now the time has already come to say thank you for that historic invitation and for another memorable and successful conference:

  • to the Rector of Eastern Mediterranean University and the Dean of the Faculty of Education
  • to the heads of the Organising Committee, Prof Vügar Sultanzade and Prof Ahmet Pehlivan
  • to the other members of the local committee and the many helping hands in the background whose contributions were so important to the success of the conference
  •  to the Advisory Board which spent much time on a thorough and punctual  review of all the papers from scholars throughout the world who had offered to make presentation

The work of our society, together with the meetings — eight to date — has gained increasing prominence with each passing year and this year’s meeting has been no exception: in it we had as our objective the advancement of scholarship in all aspects of dialectology and geolinguistics. Today’s academic community needs to find innovative ways to collaborate, especially when resources are scarce, and to this end having the opportunity, as we do, to experience a great diversity of language varieties and cultures provides the ideal situation for this, as well as fostering a spirit of open-mindedness.

We use our conferences as a platform for sharing knowledge and broadening our collaborative networks across languages, a prospect to which we looked forward again this year; and in this we were not disappointed, for we have all profited from what has proved to be both an inspiring and highly productive congress.

Participating in conferences, as we are aware, brings so many benefits, for it is an important part of the life of the scholar. We ourselves make presentations, listen to and take part in discussing new, ongoing research. Conferences are places for learning and reflecting, for sharing and, equally, for being challenged. Conferences are places where we meet old and new colleagues, enjoy some busy days together, and have the opportunity to develop international networks. This globalization does not only promote research but also strengthens our ties throughout the world, ties which are so essential in today's multicultural global society.

Our heartfelt wish that the 8th Congress of the International Society for Dialectology and Geolinguistics, hosted by Eastern Mediterranean University, held out the promise of interesting and magical days in North Cyprus, far surpassed our most optimistic expectations. So we say an enormous thank you once again to everyone for attending our conference and for all the tremendous support and friendship we have received from each and all.

On behalf of the Society,

Maria-Pilar Perea (President)
Astrid van Nahl (Editor)
Ruth van Nahl (Secretary and webmaster)
Christina Schrödl (Treasurer)



The society's main aims

The society's main aims are:

  1. The international promotion of dialectology and geolinguistics, open to all theoretical and methodological approaches; the collaboration with all institutions concerned with dialectology and geolinguistics; the exchange of knowledge in the domain of dialect­ology and geolinguistics, in particular with regard to new theories and methods; the collaboration with all disciplines that contribute to the advancement of dialectology; the forming of groups united by particular scientific interests, under supervision of the central Organs.

  2. The Support of international enterprises, in the first place of those already in progress, such as the Atlas Linguarum Europae, the Panslavic Atlas, the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada, and the linguistic-group atlases initiated within the ALE (Atlas Linguistique Roman, The Finnic Linguistic Atlas, The Germanic Linguistic Atlas, The Celtic Linguistic Atlas, etc.)

  3. The preservation, in whatever form, of data, of dialects, of Jargons and slangs, of terminologies of traditional trades and of any other linguistic forms associated with disappearing ways of life.

  4. The assistance to groups of researchers interested in the recording and study of dialects.

  5. The scientific study of minority languages and dialects, also with a view to their safeguard, in conformity with the declaration of human rights.

The Society publishes annually a Journal, Dialectologia et Geolinguistica (DiG). The first issue of the Journal was published in 1993. The Society’s congresses were held in Budapest (1993), Amsterdam (1997), Lublin (2000), Riga (2003), Braga (2006),Maribor (2009), Vienna (2012) and Famagusta (2015).