LINGUIST List 10.963

Fri Jun 18 1999

Calls: Contact Linguistics: ESSE5 2000

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  1. Alazne Landa Arevalillo, Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki (Corrected)

Message 1: Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki (Corrected)

Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 01:12:41 +0200
From: Alazne Landa Arevalillo <>
Subject: Seminar on Contact Linguistics-ESSE5 2000 in Helsinki (Corrected)

Fifth Meeting of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE5-2000)

Seminar on Contact Linguistics
ESSE5-2000 in Helsinki

Helsinki will be one of the cultural capitals of Europe for the year 2000.
In the same year the city will celebrate its 450th anniversary. These events
will give an additional flavour to ESSE5-2000 as the timing coincides with
the Helsinki festivals. The conference will take place at the Centre Campus
of the University of Helsinki, beginning at 2 p.m. on FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, and
concluding with the Conference Banquet on TUESDAY, AUGUST 29.

The University of Helsinki was founded in 1640 and it has over 30,000
students. The Centre Campus of the University is located in the very heart
of the city. Accommodation for conference participants will be provided
within walking distance of the conference site (for information see The
Messenger VIII/2, 1999 and the conference homepage:

The conference is divided into SEMINARS, PANELS and WORKSHOPS. You can find
below the description of the Seminar on Contact Linguistics. One-page
abstracts (c. 200 words) should be submitted by 15 October, 1999, to the
seminar convener (Alazne Landa, by ESSE members planning
to participate in this seminar.


It is only very rarely, if at all, that we find languages spoken in
completely isolated environments. As a matter of fact, it is currently
believed that around 75-80% of the earth's population are bilingual or
multilingual. In other words, most languages in the world are spoken in some
sort of contact situation or another. The linguistic impact of such a
contact between languages is the object of study of contact linguistics.The
purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for the discussion of current
research in contact linguistics, with special focus on (but not limited to)
English in contact with other languages and English in contact with itself.
Some of the topics that will be covered in the seminar include the
following: Language/dialect contact on the threshold of twenty-first century
Europe, language/dialect convergence and death, and other contact-induced
linguistic changes and processes (synergy, borrowing, code-switching,
code-shifting, loss of linguistic restrictions, pragmatic transfer,
linguistic attrition, pidginization, creolization and decreolization),
language/dialect formation, grammatical permeability, the grammar of contact
Englishes and other contact languages, bilingual acquisition, �migr�
language acquisition, the acquisition and socio-linguistic status of
minority languages, diglossia, language contact in the emergence and/or
historical development of languages, etc. Papers dealing with the
contribution of contact linguistics to the theory of language, genetic
linguistics, and related linguistic disciplines are especially encouraged.

Send your abstract by October 15, 1999 to:

Alazne Landa
Universidad del Pais Vasco-Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea
Facultad de Filologia y Geografia e Historia
Departamento de Filologia Inglesa y Alemana
Paseo de la Universidad, s/n - Apartado 2111
01006 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Basque Country - Spain

Tel. +34 (945) 01 39 30. Fax: +34 (945) 14 42 90

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