CFP: Lg contact...

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at
Fri Jul 3 17:18:34 UTC 2009

Forwarded, an interesting (although not specifically Finno-Ugric) symposium

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien, Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und
Literaturwissenschaft (EVSL) | Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at |

Language contact and multilingualism as a challenge for sociolinguistics and
theoretical linguistics
Contrary to common belief, multi­lingualism and language con­tact are
neither recent phen­omena nor are they rooted in modern glob­alization.
Multilingualism and lan­guage contact constitute one of the basic conditions
of human cul­ture and occur in all types of societies, ranging from
so-called “pri­m­itive” to industrial and post-industrial societies.
The goal of our workshop, hosted by the 37th Austrian Conference on
Linguistics (37. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, 5 - 7 December 2009 in
Salzburg) is to bring to­gether researchers of language con­tact and
multilingualism wor­king in different theoretical and method­ological
We welcome submissions on the following topics: contact induced language
change; diglossia, polyglossia and similar scenarios; individual vs. social
multilingualism; the multilingual brain; problems of standardization in
multilingual settings; syntax and pragmatics of code switching and code
mixing; mixed language vs. language mixing; language death and “linguicide”;
documentation of language contact.
Each presentation slot will be 45 min. (including 15 min. for dis­cussion).
Please submit your abstract (in German, English or French) to
imke.mendoza at or bernhard.poell at no later than 15 October
2009. The abstract should not exceed 300 words.
Conference homepage: . 

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