LINGUIST List 24.5339

Thu Dec 19 2013

Calls: Socioling, Historical Ling, Typology, Psycholing, General Ling/Finland

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Date: 19-Dec-2013
From: Leena Kolehmainen <>
Subject: Language Contact: The State of the Art
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Full Title: Language Contact: The State of the Art
Date: 28-Aug-2014 - 30-Sep-2014 Location: Helsinki, Finland Contact Person: Leena Kolehmainen
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 02-Mar-2014

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.

Call for Papers:

Language Contact: The State of the Art
Helsinki, August 28-30, 2014

The goal of this symposium is to bring together linguists from these different fields of study to discuss current developments and challenges in language contact research, whether in the past or the present. We encourage sociolinguistic papers relating to the processes and effects of language contact and papers advancing the psycholinguistic study of cross-linguistic influence in multilingual individuals. Papers investigating contact-induced language change and variation are equally welcome. The contact settings that are explored in the papers may range, e.g. from societal to individual multilingualism, from second language acquisition to first language attrition, from marriage to migration, and from military conflicts to institutional multilingualism. In sum, the symposium aims to offer a thematically broad forum for scholars interested in combining and learning about the viewpoints of various fields in the study of the multifaceted phenomenon of language contact.

Possible topics for talks may relate to (but are not restricted to) the following:

- The challenges of interdisciplinary research in historical linguistics- Current developments in the study of contact-induced grammaticalization
- Current issues in the study of lexical borrowing and code-switching
- Collaboration between different fields of study, e.g. how historical linguistics can profit from the study of ongoing language contacts
- Interfaces between the study of second language acquisition and societal language contact
- Current developments in the study of the so far rather under-explored modes of language contact, e.g. translating, interpreting or the ways in which writing or written discourse behave in language contact situations
- Language contact and first language attrition
- Methodological issues in the investigation of historical multilingualism- The mechanisms of interference/cross-linguistic influence
- New developments in the study of contact languages, pidgins and creoles
- Language contacts in urban super-diverse settings in the past and the present
- Language policy and language ideology: ideological aspects of language contact

For further information please see:

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact:

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