LINGUIST List 30.2781

Tue Jul 16 2019

Calls: Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Ling Theories, Socioling, Typology/Italy

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 16-Jul-2019
From: Barbara Hans-Bianchi <>
Subject: New Issues in Language Contact Studies
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Full Title: New Issues in Language Contact Studies
Short Title: NILCS 2020

Date: 28-May-2020 - 30-May-2020
Location: L'Aquila, Italy
Contact Person: Barbara Hans-Bianchi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Linguistic Theories; Sociolinguistics; Typology

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2019

Meeting Description:

The international conference NILCS 2020 will focus on novel perspectives and approaches within the field of contact linguistics. This is a particularly dynamic research field, which often interfaces with other research areas such as sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, and language planning, among others.

Studies on language contact are relevant to both past and contemporary linguistic landscapes, where the encounter between two or more languages gives rise to a wide array of contact-induced phenomena ranging from borrowings, structural convergence, and code switching to the emergence of new varieties such as pidgins, creoles, and mixed languages.

NILCS 2020 aims to bring together researchers working on language contact from different perspectives with the purpose of enabling fruitful encounters and discussions.

Call for Papers:

NILCS 2020
International conference on New Issues in Language Contact Studies.
28-30 May 2020 at the Excellence Department of Human Studies, University of L'Aquila

This international conference wants to bring together different research lines within the huge area of recent language contact studies with the intent to enhance fruitful encounters.

In this perspective, we welcome submissions on any topic in language contact studies, regardless to methodology and theoretical framework (e.g. sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, language planning, etc.)

In particular, we encourage contributions regarding the following topics:

- new theoretical modelling of language contact and contact-induced language change;
- description of contact-induced phenomena in any area of grammar;
- studies on languages / varieties resulting from language contact, such as pidgins, creoles, mixed languages;
- field research in contemporary contact settings;
- diachronic research on language contact situations;
- construction of identity/ies in multilingual or postcolonial scenarios.

We are pleased to announce that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their participation: Silvia Dal Negro (Università di Bolzano), Tania Kuteva (Universität Düsseldorf), Pieter Muysken (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen), Stefan Rabanus (Università di Verona), Claudia Maria Riehl (Universität München), Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa).

We invite abstracts for talks (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or posters. Each individual may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author (or sole author), and a maximum of two abstracts in total.

The abstracts of max. 400 words (references excluded) must be anonymized to omit all information about the author(s) and submitted via EasyAbs:

Abstracts will be (blindly) peer-reviewed by an international panel of reviewers. Reviewing and notification of acceptance will be handled through EasyAbs.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 October 2019
Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2019
We intend to publish selected papers from the conference.
For updates, please visit our website: (available soon)
For any questions, please write to:

The Organisers:
Barbara Hans-Bianchi (Università degli studi dell'Aquila)
Barbara Vogt (Università degli studi dell'Aquila)
Invited organiser: Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa)

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