LINGUIST List 25.4237

Sat Oct 25 2014

Calls: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 22-Oct-2014
From: Gijsbert Rutten <>
Subject: Managing Multilingualism: Contact, Attitudes and Planning in Historical Contexts
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Full Title: Managing Multilingualism: Contact, Attitudes and Planning in Historical Contexts

Date: 02-Sep-2015 - 05-Sep-2015
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Gijsbert Rutten
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2014

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)
Leiden, The Netherlands


Gijsbert Rutten (Universiteit Leiden)
Joseph C. Salmons (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Rik Vosters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

The study of contact among speakers of different languages or varieties and its linguistic outcomes is a flourishing field (see Thomason & Kaufman 1988, Van Coetsem 1988, Hickey 2010 and many more). Much work on language contact, however, focuses primarily on synchronic data and/or on structural effects of language contact. In this workshop, we shift attention to situations of contact in historical settings (cf. Braunmüller & Ferraresi 2003, Kossmann 2013, Schrijver 2014, Stenroos et al. 2012). In addition, we seek contributions which do not simply focus on contact-induced changes in the grammatical system, but which also take into account the sociolinguistic conditions of the contact (Schneider 2007), especially the sociolinguistic results of contact between speakers and communities of different varieties – in terms of attitudes, perceptions, ideologies, identity and planning (Hüning et al. 2012, Peersman et al. to appear 2015, Rouchdy 2002).

Call for Papers:

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- Contact-induced changes, and the attitudes and perceptions they evoke in speakers and communities – beyond the level of loan words and discourses of lexical purism
- The interplay of language ideologies such as standard language ideology and ideas about homogeneity and purity on the one hand, and language contact resulting in heterogeneity and/or language mixing on the other
- Language planning and language policy initiatives targeted towards reducing or promoting contact, or towards reducing or promoting the insertion of ‘foreign’ elements into the system
- The linguistic biography of multilingual individuals in relation to individual and group identities
- Societal and individual multilingualism vs. metalinguistic discourse prototypically focusing on monolingualism
- Contact in colonial settings, and formal and informal planning activities connected to it
- Language-in-education policies aiming at the reduction of variability, heterogeneity and multilingualism
- The multilingual experiences of migrating individuals and communities, and their linguistic consequences
- Domain-specific and/or socially conditioned language choice in situations of societal multilingualism

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