[lg policy] CFP: Research School "Language Contact within Systems and Speakers" - Language Acquisition, Language Variation, and Institutional Multilingualism

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Wed Nov 8 05:50:52 EST 2017

Call for abstracts for the

Research School “Language contact within systems and speakers”

(for PhD and postgraduate scholars)

Short description

The German and Slavic Departments of the University of Potsdam are pleased to

announce the Research School “Language contact within systems and speakers”, which

will take place from 21st to 23rd February 2018 at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

The Research School is open to PhD and postdoc scholars, working in various subfields

associated with the areas of language contact or multilingualism who strive to present

and discuss their current research projects within the peer community but also want to

receive feedback from renowned experts in the fields. Additionally, the Research School

gives the opportunity to develop practical methodological skills by means of workshops

and hands-on sessions.


The Research School “Language contact within systems and speakers” offers a wide

forum for exchange on experimental work and hands-on research on current topics

from the field of language contact. The event focuses on three intimately related areas,

which construct the building blocks of the school both in thematic and organisational

terms: 1) Bilingual (multilingual) language acquisition including work of language

attrition and heritage languages; 2) Language variation, and 3) Institutional

multilingualism. The Research School lasts three days, with each day being devoted to

one of the three main areas. Each topic day will be based around a keynote lecture given

by an expert in the relevant field who will set up the content and methodological

impulse for the day. Subsequently, the participants can take part in workshops and

hands-on sessions led by experienced trainers. After a short input into the methodology

of a specific topic, the participants will be given the opportunity to discuss

methodological aspects and problems related to their research and receive specific

advice and feedback from the trainers.

By adopting an integrated approach to ontogenetic and phylogenetic manifestations of

language contact and change, the aim of the Research School is to cover topics ranging

from individual and social aspects to structural-typological issues. Topics covered by the

research school may include acquisition-oriented aspects of child (and adult)

multilingualism such as second language acquisition and bilingual first language

acquisition; aspects of code switching; aspects of contact-induced language change such

as lexical and structural borrowing (contact languages), as well as societal aspects of

multilingualism and language management in society and particularly in educational

institutions (language maintenance and language shift), and many more.

The Research School does not have a fixed theoretical orientation and welcomes

contributions from a variety of approaches on methodology to language contact and the

mentioned subfields. The main focus is laid on the methodological repertoire that is

most commonly associated with the individual fields. We expect participants to come

into dialog and concrete exchange on specific methodological issues. In this way the

Research School will foster exchange of views and methods on dealing with data

collection, assessment and analysis within the subfields. In the process of presenting and

discussing the respective methodology, we expect participants and experts, leading the

individual workshops and hands-on sessions, to be able to learn from each other and

each other’s methodological experiences by exchanging views and acquiring knowledge

of methods of research that my not be common within their own field.

Application and abstract guidelines

PhD and postdoc scholars interested in participating in the Research School are invited

to submit abstracts for 20-minute presentations during the workshops or in the hand-on

sessions. The abstract should briefly summarize the main facets of your research project

on any topic within the areas of bilingual (multilingual) language acquisition including

work of language attrition and heritage languages, language variation, and institutional

multilingualism, also mentioning problems or open questions that can be discussed with

the trainers leading the individual sessions of the Research School. Whereas the

workshops can deal with all possible aspects of projects in terms of theory and praxis,

the hands-on sessions will give participants the possibility to discuss specific empirical

issues such as data planning and analysis.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 8 December 2017.

How to submit an abstract

Abstracts must be no longer than 500 words (margins: 2.5 cm or 1 inch, size of

characters: 12 points, Times New Roman, spacing: single), and should include your

name, institution as well as your current status, i.e. PhD or Postdoc. An additional page

for references, figures and data can be included. Abstracts should be in PDF format, with

all non-standard fonts embedded.

Abstracts should be submitted by email to teodora.radeva-bork at uni-potsdam.de by

8 December 2017. Please indicate whether your submission is for a workshop or for a

hands-on session, or for both. An individual may submit at most one single and one coauthored


Invited speakers and topic areas

Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland) Heritage Speakers

Heike Wiese (Universität Potsdam) Language variation in multilingual groups

Christoph Schroeder (Universität Potsdam) Institutional Multilingualism


Tanja Anstatt (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) Workshop

Peter Auer (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) Workshop

Natalia Brüggemann (Universität Regensburg) Workshop

Francis M. Hult (Lund University) Workshop

Tom Fritzsche (Universität Potsdam) Hands-on session

Gunnar Jacob (Universität Potsdam) Hands-on session


Jana Gamper (University of Potsdam, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

Teodora Radeva-Bork (University of Potsdam)


languagecontact at uni-potsdam.de


teodora.radeva-bork at uni-potsdam.de



Important dates

Deadline for abstracts: 8 December 2017

Notification of acceptance: 20 December 2017

Conference: 21-23 February 2018

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