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Full Title: Language Contact: The State of the Art

      
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 28-Aug-2014 - 30-Sep-2014
Contact: Leena Kolehmainen
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.linguistics.fi/contact/index.shtml
Meeting Description: The Linguistic Association of Finland, Helsinki Area & Language Studies and the CROSSLING research network organize together a symposium on Language Contact: The State of the Art in Helsinki, August 28-30, 2014.

The confirmed invited speakers of the symposium are:

Prof. Ad Backus (Tilburg University)
Dr. Petri Kallio (University of Helsinki)
Prof. Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Contact linguistics is a field of study which investigates various phenomena relating to the encounters between two or more languages or varieties and their speakers both in the past and the present. Its core is in historical linguistics, but it interfaces with several other fields of study, e.g. sociolinguistics, the study of bi- and multilingualism and the study of second language acquisition. In addition, its research topics intersect with psychology, sociology and anthropology, which are also interested in the processes and effects of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural encounters.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology; General Linguistics
LL Issue: 25.872


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