LINGUIST List 30.2444

Fri Jun 14 2019

Calls: Gen Ling, Pragmatics, Semantics, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 13-Jun-2019
From: Tatiana Pashkova <>
Subject: Variation in Heritage Languages: Language Contact vs. Internal Developments (Workshop of DGfS 2020)
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Full Title: Variation in Heritage Languages: Language Contact vs. Internal Developments (Workshop of DGfS 2020)

Date: 04-Mar-2020 - 06-Mar-2020
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Contact Person: Maria Martynova
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Semantics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2019

Meeting Description:

A fascinating area for research on bilingualism is offered by heritage speakers (HSs). The constant contact of the heritage language and the majority language creates a contact-linguistic setting that is particularly open to linguistic variation (cf. Montrul 2016). Previous studies on heritage languages have shown that HSs are close to monolingual speakers in some language areas, e.g., they often develop monolingual-like competence in sound production. In other domains, however, HSs tend to show noncanonical patterns, e.g., they prefer overt structures in both syntax and morphology over those that are covert (cf. Polinsky 2018).

In the past, noncanonical structures have often been viewed as attrition or incomplete acquisition, as critically discussed by Rothman and Treffers-Daller (2014). However, these structures can also be seen as indicators of new grammatical options in bilingual systems. The goal of this workshop is to discuss the status and source of such structures: (1) noncanonical phenomena as development of new dialects vs. incomplete acquisition or erosion, (2) the distinction of contact-induced change vs. language-internal developments and variation, and (3) the relevance of internal vs. external grammatical interfaces.

Call for Papers:

This workshop invites speakers to present their research on both heritage and majority languages from different language domains: phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics. We welcome presentations ranging from theoretical grammatical analysis to corpus linguistics, and covering a variety of language pairs, settings, and age groups. The desired result is to gain new insights into the dynamics of language variation in contact situations and the modelling of noncanonical structures in the grammatical system.

Time for talks: 20 min presentation, 10 minutes questions
Group Language: English

Abstracts should be anonymously submitted at in PDF format and not exceed 500 words without references and graphs. Abstracts should clearly address the topic of the workshop, state the research question(s), the method, and the (expected) results. Please also include a list of 5 keywords.

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please send a short letter of motivation to the contact email.


Deadline for abstract submission: August 01 2019, 23:55 CET
Notification of acceptance: Early September, 2019
Workshop: March 04-06, 2020, Hamburg

Please note that the regulations of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) do not allow that workshop participants present two or more papers in different workshops.

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