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27th LIPP Symposium “Language and Migration”

Mis à jour : 10 Nov 2021

15-17 November 2021
Munich, Germany
It has been known since antiquity that migration and the mobility of speakers as carriers of different languages and cultures play a significant role in the development of language areas. In the early modern period, for example, the expansion policy of the European colonial powers was intricately connected with the expansion of the corresponding speech communities. Thus, languages native to Europe found their ways to colonies on all continents, where they have been enjoying different statuses ever since. Not least, the slave trade, a violent and forced form of migration, lead to the emergence of new languages, so-called creole languages.

In today’s globalized society, migration and multilingualism have become commonplace. On the one hand, the internationalization of speakers is associated with enrichment. On the other hand, it also gives rise to language, cultural, and identity conflicts which are partly due to the stigmatization of certain speaker groups and are rooted in the ideological idealization of national monolingualism. All forms of migration-related contact bring about a wide range of phenomena that are addressed in language contact and multilingualism research, for example, code-switching, code-mixing, the development of ethnolects, language attrition, and numerous instances of language transfer.

This year’s LIPP Symposium offers a platform to discuss the topic of Language and Migration from different perspectives. Research from all linguistic disciplines, including synchronic and diachronic studies of the topic, as well as studies of all language varieties are welcome.

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