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Saturday, 22 September 2012 16:53

CROSSLING symposium: Language Contacts at the Crossroads of Disciplines

Call for Papers

CROSSLING Symposium: Language Contacts at the Crossroads of Disciplines

University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, February 28–March 1, 2013
The goal of this symposium is to bring together scholars working on language contact, cross-linguistic influence or contact-induced change and variation within different disciplines. The symposium aims to promote cross-disciplinary and cross-methodological discussion in the study of language contact and strives for genuine discussion and cross-pollination between various disciplines and research traditions, their theories, methods, and data, and between researchers of different languages. We welcome contributions focusing on language contact, SLA, translation studies and other possible areas of research and welcome scholars who wish to acquire novel cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross-methodological impulses for their own research. We would like to encourage scholars working on different languages and language pairs to give presentations. The focus may lie on linguistic data as well as on theoretical issues.

Possible topics for talks include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • language contact and language attrition
  • multiple causes of language change and variation: interaction between contact-induced and language-internal developments
  • connections between contact linguistics and SLA
  • receptive multilingualism
  • cross-linguistic influence in heritage language acquisition
  • cross-linguistic influence in translation: evidence from corpora, process research or history of translation
  • interfaces between translation studies and contact linguistics: translation as a type of language contact
  • possible parallels and interfaces between learner universals, language universals and translation universals

The invited speakers of the symposium are:

  • Gaëtanelle Gilquin (Université catholique de Louvain): The interface of contact linguistics and SLA research in the context of World Englishes and learner language
  • Svenja Kranich & Viktor Becher (Universität Hamburg): Translation as language contact: Language variation and change through translation
  • Anna Verschik (Tallinna Ülikool): Language contacts, heritage languages and incomplete L1 acquisition: same or different

Abstract submission:

Please send your abstract (500 words maximum, excluding possible references) for either a section paper or a poster presentation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1 October 2012. Abstracts will be evaluated by the members of the organizing team. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 1 November 2012. The book of abstracts will be published on the web pages of the symposium.

The abstracts should include the following information:
Name(s) of the author(s)
Title of presentation
E-mail address(es)
Indication of whether you propose a section paper or a poster

The working language of the symposium is English.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 1 October, 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 November, 2012
  • Symposium: February 28 February--1 March, 2013


  • Presentations by invited speakers
  • Presentation by other participants (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
  • Posters

The participation fee is 50 € or 30 € (students and PhD students).


The symposium is organized by CROSSLING, a young cross-disciplinary research network set up at the University of Eastern Finland. The network has received funding from the Kone foundation ( The researchers of CROSSLING combine different areas of research which deal with language contact: contact linguistics, second language acquisition research and translation studies, and they work with different languages and language pairs. For further information, see

The CROSSLING organizing team:
Helka Riionheimo (chair), Minna Haapio, Sanna Hillberg, Franka Kermer, Maria Kok, Leena Kolehmainen, Minna Kumpulainen,  Marjatta Lehtinen, Lea Meriläinen, Pirkko Muikku-Werner, Heli Paulasto, Esa Penttilä & Laura Piironen.

For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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