LINGUIST List 27.832

Mon Feb 15 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Socioling, Typology/Germany

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 15-Feb-2016
From: Marie-Elaine van Egmond <>
Subject: Fourth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization
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Full Title: Fourth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization
Short Title: LCTG4

Date: 16-Mar-2017 - 18-Mar-2017
Location: Greifswald, Germany
Contact Person: Marie-Elaine van Egmond
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

Language contact is a highly dynamic and variable phenomenon, which has become all the more relevant due to the extensive mobility, socio-cultural changes, current waves of migration and political conflicts of our times. After successful meetings in Groningen (The Netherlands) and Greifswald (Germany), we are happy to announce that the 'Fourth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization' will again take place in Greifswald in 2017. This conference, organized by the Chair of English Linguistics and the Chair of Slavic Linguistics at the University of Greifswald, will bring together scholars examining various language contact phenomena.

The conference language is English.

The following speakers have kindly agreed to deliver a plenary address at the LCTG4:

Ad Backus (University of Tilburg)
Adam Jaworski (University of Hong Kong)
Susanne Michaelis (University of Leipzig)
Salikoko Mufwene (University of Chicago)
Sarah G. Thomason (University of Michigan)
Ghil'ad Zuckermann (University of Adelaide)

The old German Hanseatic and University Town of Greifswald offers an attractive conference venue. Its history includes a period of Swedish reign, which lasted from 1631 to 1815, as well as Soviet Union influence during the Cold War. The picturesque city is located in the Baltic Sea area, a European contact zone which has been reinvigorated after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989/1990.

We are looking forward to a lively conference!

Call for Papers:

We invite 20-minute theoretically- and empirically-driven contributions on specific scenarios of language contact around the globe, in the following thematic fields:

- The dynamics of language contact: from language mixing to mixed languages
- Contact between typologically distinct languages and grammatical change
- Language politics and language conflicts in multilingual areas
- The creative aspect of language contact

We explicitly welcome papers embedded in innovative theoretical frameworks such as cognitive contact linguistics or the sociolinguistics of mobility. Depending on the range of proposals, we envisage different conference sections, arranged according to linguistic areas or language families.

Please send in your abstract of max. 300 words (excluding references) via email to by 1 April 2016. Following a peer review, you will be notified about the acceptance of your paper by 1 June 2016. A conference website with further information on important organizational matters will be set up in due course.

We are looking to forward to meeting you in Greifswald!

Sebastian Knospe, Marie-Elaine van Egmond and Bernhard Brehmer (conference organizers)

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