LINGUIST List 31.586

Mon Feb 10 2020

Confs: Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Hist Ling, Lang Documentation, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 10-Feb-2020
From: Josh Brown <>
Subject: 11th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas
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11th Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas
Short Title: WILA

Date: 08-Oct-2020 - 10-Oct-2020
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Contact: Kelly Biers
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas is an annual conference focused on heritage language research. WILA began in 2010 as a conference on ''Investigating Immigrant Languages in America'' at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, its host university has alternated between the United States and abroad.

In the aftermath of immigration, new generations often speak “heritage languages”, a notion Rothman (2009) defines in this way: “A language qualifies as a heritage language if it is a language spoken at home or otherwise readily available to young children, and crucially this language is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society”. Heritage languages have only recently become a major topic of interest among linguists, explored for their implications for linguistic theory, especially in terms of acquisition, attrition, and change. This workshop aims to promote discussion of heritage languages in the Americas across different language, subfields, and theoretical persuasions.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstracts for 30-minute presentations (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions), electronic posters, and traditional posters on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas (e.g., structural, generative, historical, sociolinguistic, or experimental). Abstracts should be no more than one page in length, but may include a second page with diagrams, charts, and references.

Abstracts can be submitted via:

Selected papers (following a review process) from the conference will be published with Cascadilla Press.

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