LINGUIST List 27.2115

Mon May 09 2016

Calls: Gen Ling, Historical Ling, Lang Acq, Socioling, Typology/Australia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 06-May-2016
From: Lucija Medojevic <>
Subject: Multilingual Repertoires and Multilingual Discourse
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Full Title: Multilingual Repertoires and Multilingual Discourse
Short Title: MRDM

Date: 26-Oct-2016 - 28-Oct-2016
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact Person: Lucija Medojevic
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2016

Meeting Description:

This conference aims at bringing together researchers interested in language variation, contact and change in multilingual settings; scenarios of prolonged language shift; long-standing multilingualism; code switching/mixing, as well as ethnolect continua; creole formation and creole continua; and first and second language acquisition (including L1-L2 transfer in language contact situations).

Please see our Call for Papers for more information.

Keynote speakers:

Eric Anchimbe (University of Bayreuth)
Diana Eades (University of New England)
Felicity Meakins (University of Queensland)

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions from researchers from all linguistic disciplines, including (but not limited to) sociolinguistics, language variation, contact linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition. We especially welcome theoretical contributions.


Sociolinguistic variation and the effects of long and short-term language contact are practical and theoretical issues that have proven difficult to tackle (see e.g. the contributions in Deumert & Durrleman 2006). Notions like ‘source language’ and ‘recipient language’ (van Coetsem 2000) may inadequately describe language situations/uses that are more fluid. They may also fail to adequately describe situations in which the results of language contact are not uniform across one community (see e.g Golovko 2012, Pagel 2015), or where notions of unidirectional transfer relationships are simplistic.

One key case is English spoken in many remote areas of Australia, in which language contact between various varieties of English and Indigenous languages has persisted for several generations. Describing and accounting for linguistic features in terms of their origin in cases like English spoken on Croker Island is extremely challenging because of their vast intra-communal heterogeneity and the multiple possibilities of linguistic influence (Mailhammer, 2015).

Another key case can be found in the relationships between Aboriginal English and Kriol (the English-lexified creole spoken in northern Australia), as well as between English, Kriol, the mixed language Light Warlpiri, and the traditional Australian language Warlpiri. Are these cases of a continuum of lects? Or cases of separate codes/languages which may influence each other in some way? And how? (Bundgaard-Nielsen & Baker, 2016; Bundgaard-Nielsen, O'Shannessy, & Baker, 2015)

This conference seeks to discuss contact-induced change and variation with tools borrowed from sociolinguistics, experimental linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition theory, and language contact theory, pushing beyond the constraints of a traditional variety approach in order to solve questions, such as the following:

- How can contact be modelled theoretically?
- How can contact be analysed practically?
- What are properties of contact repertoires or varieties?
- What are the theoretical and practical implications for multilingual discourse if varieties/repertoires only partially overlap?
- What do non-overlapping varieties/repertoires mean for concepts like 'native speaker', and 'language dominance' (both linguistic and social, see Cerruti 2014)?

We invite submissions of abstracts for a 20-minute paper presentation to our conference website ( The deadline for submission is 15 July 2016. All abstracts will be anonymously peer reviewed. Notifications will be sent out by 1 August 2016.

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