International Conference on New Issues in Language Contact Studies


Due to the international coronavirus outbreaks, the conference must be postponed and will take place from 27 to 29 May, 2021. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Department of Human Studies – Department of Excellence – Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, 27–29 May 2021

The international conference NILCS 2020 will focus on novel perspectives and approaches within the field of contact linguistics. This is a particularly dynamic research field, which often interfaces with other research areas such as sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, and language planning, among others.

Studies on language contact are relevant to both past and contemporary linguistic landscapes, where the encounter between two or more languages gives rise to a wide array of contact-induced phenomena ranging from borrowings, structural convergence, and code switching to the emergence of new varieties such as pidgins, creoles, and mixed languages.

NILCS 2020 aims to bring together researchers working on language contact from different perspectives with the purpose of enabling fruitful encounters and discussions.


Abstract submission deadline: 15 October 2019

Extended abstract submission: 28 October 2019

Online registration deadline: 18 May 2021


Barbara Hans-Bianchi

Barbara Vogt

Chiara Truppi
(Invited organiser, Universidade de Lisboa)



Address: Viale Nizza 14 – 67100 L’Aquila – ITALY

Call for Papers

This international conference wants to bring together different research lines within the huge area of recent language contact studies with the intent to enhance fruitful encounters.

In this perspective, we welcome submissions on any topic in language contact studies, regardless to methodology and theoretical framework (e.g. sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, language planning, etc.)

In particular, we encourage contributions regarding the following topics:

  • new theoretical modelling of language contact and contact-induced language change;
  • description of contact-induced phenomena in any area of grammar;
  • studies on languages / varieties resulting from language contact, such as pidgins, creoles, mixed languages;
  • field research in contemporary contact settings;
  • diachronic research on language contact situations;
  • construction of identity/ies in multilingual or postcolonial scenarios.

We invite abstracts for talks (20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion) or posters. Each individual may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author (or sole author), and a maximum of two abstracts in total.

The abstracts of max. 400 words (references excluded) must be anonymized to omit all information about the author(s) and submitted via EasyAbs:

Abstracts will be (blindly) peer-reviewed by an international panel of reviewers. Reviewing and notification of acceptance will be handled through EasyAbs.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 October 2019

Extended deadline for abstract submission: 28 October 2019

Notification of acceptance: 15 December 2019

We intend to publish selected papers from the conference.

For any questions, please write to:

The organisers:

Barbara Hans-Bianchi (Università degli studi dell’Aquila)
Barbara Vogt (Università degli studi dell’Aquila)
Invited organiser: Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa)

Invited Speakers

  • Silvia Dal Negro (Libera Università di Bolzano)
  • Tania Kuteva (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)
  • Pieter Muysken (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • Stefan Rabanus (Università degli Studi di Verona)
  • Claudia Maria Riehl (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa)


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from 19:30 Warming up dinner **



from 8:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Official greetings & Conference opening

Pieter Muysken:

Language contact research: Three challenges and opportunities


Jeroen Darquennes & Wim Vandenbussche:

Assessing new perspectives on language contact and the individual: terminological inflation or genuine progress?

Coffee break

Michał B. Paradowski & Marta Gawinkowska:

Two languages = two emotional worlds or two sets of social norms? Moving beyond the Emotion-Related Language Choice theory


Bhim Lal Gautam & Samjhana Thapa:

Language contact in Kathmandu: A study on language use and attitude


Zakharia Pourtskhvanidze, Marine Beridze & Lia Bakuradze:

Aspects of identity formation in the context of the language island – Case Fereydany Georgian


Claudia Maria Riehl:

Language Contact and Language Attrition


Clara Cuonzo:

Language contact and expressives in Italian

Coffee break

Luca Iezzi:

Contact Phenomena within Refugee Centres in Italy


Simone Barco:

Dialect contact in a border area: the birth of a new-dialect in Puglia


Silvia Dal Negro:

Sociolinguistic Typology and Language Contact






Stefan Rabanus:

Sounds, words and sentence structure in language contact: trying to get the complete picture for endangered minority languages


Dimitra Melissaropoulou:

Variation and change in comparative constructions as a conspiracy of language internal and language external factors: evidence from Cappadocian Greek


Martin Kohlberger:

Exploring historical contact in northwest Amazonia through lexical and morphological evidence

Coffee Break

Ilaria Fiorentini & Ruth Videsott:

Language contact in online settings. The case of Dolomitic Ladin


Aneta Bučková:

Describing syntactic pattern replications: a usage based approach for Czech and German


Carolin Centner:

Investigating German-Polish contact-induced language change through the lens of Construction Grammar


Vlada Baranova:

Contact-induced changes in Kalmyk and in local Russian


Stefanie Schröter:

Focus and word order in Caucasian Urum


Éva Katona:

Spontaneous occurrence of non-Russian lexical elements in the speech of Estonia’s Russians

Coffee Break


Alessandra Dezi: Speech play with code-mixing as a means of identity shaping in the internet discourse of Russian speakers living in Italy

Nour Efrat-Kowalsky: Language contact in the Ancient Near East

Pingping Jia: Variation of tone categories in Yu Dialect: Analysis of the internal and external motivations of variation for a Chinese dialect

Elena Simonato & Svetlana Kokoshkina: Swiss French community on the Black sea coast: Several generations of language contact


Tania Kuteva:

European Borders: Political and Linguistic

from 19:30 Conference Dinner **




Marie-Eve Bouchard:

Forro in the European diaspora: When the need of a secret code favors the maintenance of a language


Inês Duarte, Feliciano Chimbutane, Rita Gonçalves, Tjerk Hagemeijer & Afonso Miguel:

Possessor datives in contact – a case-study of African varieties of Portuguese


Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales:

Innovations in a stigmatized language: The case of wh-fronting production and acceptability in Philippine Hybrid Hokkien


Mara Marsella & Laura Tramutoli:

The copula system in Palenquero. An overview on stative predicates

Coffee Break

Tonjes Veenstra:

Rich Agreement in creoles and register-sensitivity


Chiara Truppi:

Upper Guinea Creoles and their common ancestor: Reconstructing the proto-creole

until 13:30 Closing discussion
15:30-19:30 Guided tour through the Old Town of L’Aquila **

* 60-min.-presentations include 15 min. for discussion, 30-min.-presentations include 10 min. for discussion.

** Please, register through the registration form online if you want to join these activities.


No registration fee required. To register to the event, click HERE.



The conference will be held at the Department of Human Studies (Aula Magna) in: Viale Nizza 14 – 67100 L’Aquila – ITALY

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