LINGUIST List 30.505

Thu Jan 31 2019

Confs: English; Gen Ling, History of Ling, Linguistic Theories, Typology/Japan

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Date: 29-Jan-2019
From: Stephen Laker <>
Subject: English in Contact
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English in Contact
Short Title: EIC

Date: 28-Mar-2019 - 29-Mar-2019
Location: Fukuoka, Japan
Contact: Stephen Laker
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Typology

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

Kyushu University will host a two-day symposium on current research into language contact and the development of new varieties of English. The first day will include plenary lectures on developments in language contact theory and a variety of general sessions resulting from the call for papers. A broad range of papers is expected, covering contact with varieties of English at any period from medieval times to the present day. Studies may consider contact with distinct languages, closely related linguistic varieties, or other dialectal and social varieties of English. All approaches and methodologies are welcome, using either qualitative or quantitative data analysis, and interdisciplinary approaches are especially encouraged.

The second day will host a special session on the rise of new varieties with an emphasis on the stabilisation of these varieties and the conditions that favour or disfavour this process. Virtually all models of new variety formation predict an increasing stabilisation of varieties over time (see e.g. Trudgill 2004: 84-89; Schneider 2007; Winford 2003: 157). Cases of arrested stabilisation are known, but it is unclear what factors contribute to a temporary suspension, complete standstill or even reversal of this process. One such factor is perhaps the presence of another dominant language, as in the cases of English in the Philippines, Malaysia and Cameroon (Schneider 2007), but there are other cases in which such a competing dominant language does not exist, e.g. varieties of Australian Aboriginal English. Consequently, existing models have a ''blind spot'' in that they assume an increasing stabilisation of new varieties, even though exceptions are known and cannot convincingly be accounted for in standard models.

Confirmed Speakers:

Eric Anchimbe (University of Bayreuth)
Ariane Macalinga Borlongan (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
Stephanie Hackert (University of Munich)
Kazuko Matsumoto (University of Tokyo)
Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg)
Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)

Abstract Submission:

See the ''Call for Papers'' page on LinguistList and submit using Easyabs.
Deadline for submissions is 31 October 2018.

Conference Registration URL:


Stephen Laker (Kyushu University)
Email: or
Robert Mailhammer (Western Sydney University)


RINK for Humanities and Social Sciences, Kyushu University


Find the conference program here:

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