International Conference on New Issues in Language Contact Studies


Due to the international coronavirus outbreaks, the conference must be postponed and will take place online 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: 21 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)
  • Stefan Rabanus (Università degli Studi di Verona)
  • Claudia Maria Riehl (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
  • Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa)


Click HERE to download the program in PDF. Click on the title to download the Abstract.

Thursday 27.5.2021
9:00-9:30 Official greetings & Conference opening
Chair: Anna Maria Thornton (University of L’Aquila)
9:30-10:30 Silvia Dal Negro  (Free University of Bozen, Italy): Sociolinguistic Typology and Language Contact
10:30-11:00 Jeroen Darquennes (Université de Namur, Belgium) & Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium): Assessing new perspectives on language contact and the individual: terminological inflation or genuine progress?
Coffee break
Chair: Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
11:30-12:00 Clara Cuonzo (University of Maryland, College Park, USA): Language contact and expressives in Italian
12:00-12:30 Bhim Lal Gautam & Pimala Neupane (Tribhuvan University, Nepal): Language contact in Kathmandu: A study on language use and attitude
12:30-13:00 Zakharia Pourtskhvanidze (Goethe-University Frankfurt Main, Germany), Marine Beridze (Ivane Javakhishvili State University Tbilisi, Georgia) & Lia Bakuradze (Ivane Javakhishvili State University Tbilisi, Georgia): Aspects of identity formation in the context of the language island – Case Fereydany Georgian
Chair: Stefan Rabanus (Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy)
14:30-15:30 Claudia Maria Riehl (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany): Language Contact and Language Attrition

Michał B. Paradowski (University of Warsaw, Poland) & Marta Gawinkowska (University of Warsaw, Poland): Two languages = two emotional worlds or two sets of social norms? Moving beyond the Emotion-Related Language Choice theory


Coffee break
Chair: Jeroen Darquennes (Université de Namur, Belgium)
16:30-17:00 Luca Iezzi (Università degli Studi “G. d’Annunzio” Chieti – Pescara, Italy): Contact Phenomena within Refugee Centres in Italy
17:00-17:30 Simone Barco (Università per stranieri di Siena, Italy): Dialect contact in a border area: the birth of a new-dialect in Puglia
17:30-18:00 Marie-Eve Bouchard (University of British Columbia, Canada): Forro in the European diaspora: When the need of a secret code favors the maintenance of a language
18:00-18:30 Stefanie Schröter (Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany): Focus and word order in Caucasian Urum
18:00 Tribute to Pieter Muysken


Friday 28.5.2021
Chair: Claudia Maria Riehl (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany)
9:00-10:00 Stefan Rabanus (Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy): Sounds, words and sentence structure in language contact: trying to get the complete picture for endangered minority languages
10:00-10:30 Dimitra Melissaropoulou (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece): Variation and change in comparative constructions as a conspiracy of language internal and language external factors: evidence from Cappadocian Greek

Inês Duarte (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Feliciano Chimbutane (Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique), Rita Gonçalves (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Tjerk Hagemeijer (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal) & Afonso Miguel (Universidade Católica de Angola/Instituto Superior de Ciências da Educação de Luanda, Angola): Possessor datives in contact – a case-study of African varieties of Portuguese


Coffee Break
Chair: Silvia Dal Negro (Free University of Bozen, Italy)
11:30-12:00 Ilaria Fiorentini (Università di Bologna, Italy) & Ruth Videsott (Free University of Bozen, Italy): Language contact in online settings. The case of Dolomitic Ladin
12:00-12:30 Aneta Bučková (Universität Regensburg, Germany): Describing syntactic pattern replications: a usage based approach for Czech and German
12:30-13:00 Carolin Centner (Universität Regensburg, Germany): Investigating German-Polish contact-induced language change through the lens of Construction Grammar
Chair: Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
14:30-15:00 Vlada Baranova (NRU Higher School of Economics/Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia): Contact-induced changes in Kalmyk and in local Russian
15:00-15:30 Martin Kohlberger (Leiden University, The Netherlands): Exploring historical contact in northwest Amazonia through lexical and morphological evidence
15:30-16:00 Tonjes Veenstra (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin, Germany): Rich Agreement in creoles and register-sensitivity
Coffee Break
Chair: Barbara Hans-Bianchi & Barbara Vogt (University of L’Aquila)

POSTERSESSION with final discussion:

Alessandra Dezi (University of Tartu, Estonia): Speech play with code-mixing as a means of identity shaping in the internet discourse of Russian speakers living in Italy

Nour Efrat-Kowalsky (University of Zurich, Switzerland): Language contact in the Ancient Near East

Pingping Jia (Free University of Berlin, Germany): Variation of tone categories in Yu Dialect: Analysis of the internal and external motivations of variation for a Chinese dialect

Elena Simonato (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) & Svetlana Kokoshkina (University of St. Petersburg, Russia): Swiss French community on the Black sea coast: Several generations of language contact

17:30-18:30 Tania Kuteva (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany) & Petra in der Smitten: European Borders: Political and Linguistic
Saturday 29.5.2021
Chair: Barbara Hans-Bianchi & Barbara Vogt (University of L’Aquila)
9:30-10:00 Éva Katona (ELTE Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary): Spontaneous occurrence of non-Russian lexical elements in the speech of Estonia’s Russians
10:00-10:30 Wilkinson Daniel Wong Gonzales (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA): Innovations in a stigmatized language: The case of wh-fronting production and acceptability in Philippine Hybrid Hokkien
Coffee Break
Chair: Tjerk Hagemeijer (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
11:00-11:30 Mara Marsella (Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio” Chieti-Pescara, Italy) & Laura Tramutoli (Università di Bologna, Italy): The copula system in Palenquero. An overview on stative predicates
11:30-12:30 Chiara Truppi (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal): Upper Guinea Creoles and