LINGUIST List 31.2466

Tue Aug 04 2020

Confs: Syntax/Online

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 04-Aug-2020
From: Roberta D'Alessandro <>
Subject: Heritage Language Syntax
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Heritage Language Syntax
Short Title: HLS1

Date: 12-Oct-2020 - 16-Oct-2020
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact: Roberta D'Alessandro
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Meeting Description:

We are happy to announce the 1st Microcontact Conference on


Invited Speakers:
– Terje Lohndal (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology & UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
– Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto (Leiden University)
– Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
– Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
– Marit Westergaard (UiT The Arctic University of Norway & NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Conference Description:
Grammars that develop under constrained input conditions provide a unique window into the mechanisms of language diachrony and language change.
Heritage languages have been the center of a vast number of studies over the last few decades. Some of these studies have focused on structural properties of heritage grammars in comparison to the baseline grammars (i.e. the languages spoken by first generation immigrants), with the aim of understanding whether the mechanisms of resolution of “optionality”, or more simply structural alternation, are common to all heritage languages or specific to the languages in contact.

This workshop will focus on heritage language syntax, with particular attention to the issue of structural optionality resolution in contact situations.

Program Information:

You can find the list of the talks here:

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