The notion of language contact captures multi-faceted phenomena and processes of language use that emerge from the interaction of speakers and their diverse linguistic repertoires. Dependent on socio-cultural conditions as well as the type and medium of interaction, manifestations of language contact have been a constant source of linguistic investigations. In current times of increased physical and virtual mobility and of dynamically shifting boundaries and identities, the notion of language contact is faced with concepts such as fluidity, dynamic systems, transculturality, multilingualism and the break-up of the one nation – one language ideology. This raises the question of how language contact as a theoretical notion and as a field of inquiry is able to capture these current developments.
We invite proposals for presentations (20-minutes + 10 minutes discussion) on current scenarios and aspects of language contact world-wide.
A limited amount of thematic sessions can also be accommodated in the programme. Applications for prospective theme sessions should consist of a general description (500 words max., excluding references) and provide a list of planned paper titles and presenters. Theme sessions should consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 papers. The final date for the submission of theme session proposals is December 5, 2019.
Papers addressing one of the following topics and approaches are particularly welcome:
globalization as a catalyst of language contact
(socio-)cognitive approaches to language contact
the dynamics of language contact: fluidity, hybridity, creativity, translingualism, codeswitching/codemixing
processes and linguistic manifestations of language contact
language contact in a multilingual world
Slots for paper presentation will be 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Please send your abstracts as doc or pdf files (300 words max., excluding references) to LCTG5 [at] aau [dot] at
Abstracts should be anonymous and preceded by a title sheet stating the author(s) contact details.
Please state “abstract submission LCTG5″ in the subject line of your e-mail.
Final date for the submission of theme session proposals: December 5, 2019
Final date of abstract submission: January 31, 2020
Notification of acceptance: February 25, 2020
Updated / Final versions of abstracts due: March 31, 2021