[Lingtyp] CfP: Contact-Induced Multilingual Practices (Helsinki, June 1-2, 2017)

Ksenia Shagal ksenia.shagal at gmail.com
Thu Jan 26 08:30:41 UTC 2017

Call for papers: Contact-Induced Multilingual Practices (Helsinki,
June 1-2, 2017)

Proposal submission deadline: February 28, 2017
Notification of Acceptance: March 17, 2017

Almost every country in the world is multilingual. In many of them,
multilingualism is a long-standing state of affairs, while for some it
is a relatively recent development. Numerous speech communities in
different parts of the world are currently experiencing profound
transformation, and the cultural change is more intensive than ever.
These changes are triggered by a fundamental restructuring of the
social, economic, cultural and political environment of language, the
fall of traditional language boundaries, new forms of mobility and

The conference seeks to contribute to the scholarly understanding of
multilingual practices and the patterns of both language change and
language shift in speech communities all over the world. We encourage
attention to those viewpoints, such as language contact situation,
code-switching, speakers' attitudes in different linguistic
environments, that emphasise the significance of detailed qualitative
linguistic analysis. We see this conference as a forum for discussion
of the importance of the parallel use of two or more languages and its
influence on both language structure and the renewal of functional

Possible topics for talks may, therefore, relate to (but are not
restricted to) the following research areas:

- contact-induced language change
- code-switching and code-mixing
- old and new forms of multilingualism
- minority languages and language shift
- language policy and education in multilingual communities
- multilingual practices in different environments
- sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism
- legal aspects of multilingualism
- linguistic landscapes in multilingual communities
- methodological issues in the research of multilingualism

The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

- Prof. Durk Gorter (Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for
Science/University of the Basque Country, UPV/EHU in Donostia-San
- Dr. Eitan Grossman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Anonymous abstracts of no more than 500 words, excluding data and
references, should be submitted via EasyAbs
(http://linguistlist.org/easyabs/multilingualism2017) in .pdf format
by February 28, 2017. They will be evaluated by the organizing
committee and by the members of the scientific committee.
Notifications of acceptance will be announced by March 17, 2017. The
talks will be 30 minutes long: 20 min for presentation and 10 min for

The registration fee will be 35 €.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact the
organizers at multilingualism-2017 at helsinki.fi

The conference is organized as a part of the joint project between the
University of Helsinki and ELTE University Budapest, funded by the
Academy of Finland.

Organizing committee of the conference:
Riho Grünthal
Hanna-Ilona Härmäväärä
Magdolna Kovács
Ulriikka Puura
Ksenia Shagal

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