"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
Contact linguistics represents an area linking different branches of linguistics, such as historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, creole studies, language acquisition, etc. This conference strives to provide a comprehensive coverage of current trends on language contact involving Arabic. It does address both contact induced change in Arabic and language change through contact with Arabic. Special focus is on recent debates surrounding Arabic-based pidgins and creoles as well as mixed varieties of written Arabic.