LINGUIST List 29.812

Mon Feb 19 2018

Confs: English, Historical Linguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 13-Feb-2018
From: Gabriella Mazzon <>
Subject: Contact and Contaminations in the History of English(es)
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Contact and Contaminations in the History of English(es)
Short Title: SLIN 18

Date: 15-Mar-2018 - 17-Mar-2018
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Contact: Gabriella Mazzon
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

The 18th SLIN Conference, marking the 30th anniversary of the constitution of the group and of its first conference, will take place on March 15th- 17th 2018 at the Leopold-Franzens Universität in Innsbruck, Austria. The conference will take place in the historical rooms of the seventeenth-century “Palais Claudiana”, named after Claudia de’ Medici: you can have a preview at . More information will be on the conference website, which will be announced shortly.

The conference fee, including conference materials and coffee breaks, is set at € 120.00. Information about travelling, accommodation options and social programme will be circulated in the summer.

The theme of the conference is 'Contact and Contaminations in the History of English(es).'

Keynote speakers who have kindly accepted to give lectures at the event are:

Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
Robert McColl Millar (University of Aberdeen)
Herbert Schendl (University of Vienna)

The focus is on the impact of language coexistence from Old English to late Modern English.


Thu 15 March:

Registration starts

Conference Opening

Thirty years of SLIN

Keynote 1: chair: Giovanni Iamartino
Olga Fischer (University of Amsterdam)
The role of contact in English syntactic change and the problems involved in recognizing borrowings

15:30: Coffee break

Paper session I: chair: Monika Kirner-Ludwig

Monika OPALIŃSKA (University of Warsaw), Romance elements in the architecture of non-canonical variants of medieval English Pater noster

Yekaterina YAKOVENKO (Russian Academy of Sciences), Ælfric’s grammatical terminology as a peculiar form of language contact

Valeria DI CLEMENTE (University of Catania), Personal names, place names and appellatives of French origin in the Peterborough Chronicle, 1070-1154

Letizia VEZZOSI (University of Florence), When a lexical borrowing becomes an ideological tool: the case of Saint Erkenwald

Fri 16 March:

Keynote 2: chair: Gabriella Mazzon
Herbert Schendl (University of Vienna)
Code-switching, lexical innovation, and borrowing in medieval English

10:30: Coffee break
Paper session II: chair Nick Brownlees

Giuliana RUSSO (University of Catania), Latin and English grammars 1500-1850: a peculiar story of language contact

Olga TIMOFEEVA (University of Zurich), Vices and Virtues: Pastoral care and lexical innovation in the thirteenth century

Harumasa MIYASHITA & Hisao TOKIZAKI (Tsurumi University), Borrowing, Stress Shift and Word Order Change in the History of English

12:30: Lunch break

Paper session III: chair: Massimo Sturiale

Megan TIDDEMAN (Aberystwyth University), The Southampton Stewards’ Books of 1487-93: a rare glimpse of contact between Middle English and Venetian

Polina SHVANYUKOVA (University of Bergamo), That 'vociferous conversation': metalinguistic commentary on the encounters with the peoples of the Pacific in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British travel journals

Elisabetta LONATI (University of Milano), Borrowing foreign plants, borrowing foreign names: medical, pharmaceutical, commercial issues in Late Modern English

15:30: Coffee break

Guided Tour

20:00: Conference dinner

Sat 17 March:

Keynote 3: chair: Marina Dossena
Robert McColl Millar (University of Aberdeen)
Near relative contact and the History of the English Language: two case studies

10:30: Coffee break

Paper session IV: chair: Reinhard Heuberger

Giovanni IAMARTINO & Lucia BERTI (University of Milano), Anglo-Italian lexical exchange in a bidirectional perspective. Borrowings in Joseph Baretti’s bilingual dictionary (1760)

Julia SCHULTZ (University of Heidelberg), From aberglaube, glühwein and Zeitgeist to Weltschmerz and katzenjammer: the German influence on the English lexicon in the nineteenth century

Conference closing + business meeting of the SLIN group
Late registration possible! For more information & registration form visit

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