LINGUIST List 30.4188

Wed Nov 06 2019

Calls: Cognitive Science, Sociolinguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 31-Oct-2019
From: Alexander Onysko <>
Subject: Fifth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization
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Full Title: Fifth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization
Short Title: LCTG 5

Date: 23-Sep-2020 - 26-Sep-2020
Location: Klagenfurt, Austria
Contact Person: Alexander Onysko
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2020

Meeting Description:

The notion of language contact captures multi-faceted phenomena and processes of language use that emerge from the interaction of speakers and their diverse linguistic repertoires. Dependent on socio-cultural conditions as well as the type and medium of interaction, manifestations of language contact have been a constant source of linguistic investigations. In current times of increased physical and virtual mobility and of dynamically shifting boundaries and identities, the notion of language contact is faced with concepts such as fluidity, dynamic systems, transculturality, multilingualism and the break-up of the one nation - one language ideology. This raises the question of how language contact as a theoretical notion and as a field of inquiry is able to capture these current developments.

After 4 inspiring meetings in Groningen (The Netherlands) and Greifswald (Germany), the 'Fifth International Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization' will be held at the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), locally organized by the linguistics section of the English Department. As in the previous meetings, the conference language is English. The programme is open to contributions from all types of language constellations in which contact occurs. We warmly invite paper presentations from all areas of interest in language contact including the full range of socio-cultural and cognitive perspectives.

A pre-conference workshop of the Global Anglicism Database Network will be held on September 23.

Klagenfurt, the conference venue, is located in Austria's southernmost region of Carinthia, which is linguistically characterized by its vicinity to and interchange with Romance (Italian, Friulian) and Slavic languages, and is home to autochthonous Slovene speaking communities.

We are happy to announce the following keynote speakers at LCTG 5 (in alphabetical order):

- Jan Blommaert (Tilburg University, NL)
- Ana Deumert (University of Cape Town, ZA)
- Jeanine Treffers-Daller (University of Reading, UK)
- Debra Ziegeler (Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, FR)

2nd Call for Papers:

We invite proposals for presentations (20-minutes + 10 minutes discussion) on current scenarios and aspects of language contact world-wide. Papers addressing one of the following topics and approaches are particularly welcome:

- globalization as a catalyst of language contact
- (socio-)cognitive approaches to language contact
- the dynamics of language contact: fluidity, hybridity, creativity, translingualism, codeswitching/codemixing
- processes and linguistic manifestations of language contact
- language contact in a multilingual world

Please send your abstracts as doc or pdf files (300 words max., excluding references) to by January 15, 2020. Abstracts will undergo anonymous peer review and notifications of acceptance will be sent out by the end of February 2020. Please provide your author details and contact information on a title page preceding your abstract.

A limited amount of thematic sessions can also be accommodated in the programme. Applications for prospective theme sessions should consist of a general description (500 words max., excluding references) and provide a list of planned paper titles and presenters. Theme sessions should consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 papers. Proposals for theme sessions need to be submitted by December 5 and notification of acceptance will be sent out by mid-December. Theme session papers need to be submitted individually to by January 15 and are subject to peer review. The title of the theme session has to be stated on the abstracts of theme session papers.

Please visit the conference website for more information on the event (e.g. travel, accommodation, registration/conference fee, programme, etc.):

We are looking forward to meeting you in Klagenfurt!

For the organizers,
Alexander Onysko

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