17.1259, Confs: General Ling/Hamburg, Germany

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Subject: 17.1259, Confs: General Ling/Hamburg, Germany

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Date: 24-Apr-2006
From: Peter Siemund < peter.siemund at uni-hamburg.de >
Subject: Language Contact and Contact Languages 

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Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 14:08:53
From: Peter Siemund < peter.siemund at uni-hamburg.de >
Subject: Language Contact and Contact Languages 

Language Contact and Contact Languages 

Date: 06-Jul-2006 - 08-Jul-2006 
Location: Hamburg, Germany 
Contact: Peter Siemund 
Contact Email: peter.siemund at uni-hamburg.de 
Meeting URL: http://www.uni-hamburg.de/fachbereiche-einrichtungen/sfb538/koll2006.html 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Meeting Description: 

Language contact is an indispensable prerequisite for the development of contact languages. The place where language contact begins is in the mind of the individual. Such language contact may result in a change of the linguistic behavior of an entire speech community - a contact language arises.

The colloquium explores language contact and contact languages with this broad perspective in mind. The contributions to the colloquium cover the simultaneous and successive acquisition of multiple languages, the analysis of new and unexplored social situations involving several languages, language contact in specific institutional settings, contact in specific modes of communication or between specific linguistic subsystems, the consequences of language contact for language change (contact-induced change) as well as the relevance of language-internal variation.

The investigation of language contact and contact languages is at its best when it comes to discovering patterns of and limits to language contact phenomena. The colloquium places special emphasis on the description, elaboration and explanation of such universal constraints on language contact. Both functionally oriented analyses of contact phenomena and contact universals as well as those given within Universal Grammar will be discussed. 

Plenary speakers:

Peter Auer, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Mary Beckman, The Ohio State University
Hendrik Boeschoten, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Martha Crago, Université de Montréal
Rosalie Finlayson, University of South Africa
Itziar Idiazabal, Universidad del País Vasco
Wulf Oesterreicher, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Michael Noonan, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Shana Poplack, University of Ottawa
Erich Steiner, Universität des Saarlandes

The full programme of the conference can be found at the following URL:


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