Conference on Sri Lanka Malay (Leipzig, Germany)

Sebastian Nordhoff sebastian_nordhoff at EVA.MPG.DE
Wed Apr 28 18:27:43 UTC 2010

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Workshop on Sri Lanka Malay

Date: 10-Nov-2010 - 10-Nov-2010
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Contact: Sebastian Nordhoff
Contact Email: sebastian_nordhoff AT
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Sri Lankan Creole Malay (sci)

Meeting Description:

Sri Lanka Malay is arguably one of the most interesting contact languages. The
traditional Malay-based lexicon is retained, but the grammar has undergone
radical change and is now basically of Dravidian typology. Lack of European
input and 'regrammaticization' instead of relexification make this contact
language particularly interesting.

Research on this language has chiefly been undertaken by more or less isolated
researchers at different parts of the globe. Some fundamental issues in the
study of Sri Lanka Malay are far from having achieved consensus, most notably
the genesis, where the relevance of first language acquisition against second
language acquisition and the (ir)relevance of Sinhala as a contact  
language are
still contested topics.

This meeting will bring together for the first time a great majority of all
researchers in order to collect hypotheses and pieces of evidence and discuss
the relative merit thereof. The meeting will try to gather as many as possible
of the following researchers:

- Peter Slomanson (University of Arhus, English Department)
- Peter Bakker (University of Arhus, Linguistics Department)
- Ian Smith (York University, Canada)
- Scott Paauw (Rochester University, US)
- Umberto Ansaldo (Hong Kong University, China)
- Sander Adelaar (University of Melbourne, Australia; KU Leuven, Belgium)
- Romola Rasool (University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka)
- David Gil (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
- Sebastian Nordhoff (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)

The meeting takes place just before the APiCS Conference. See website:

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