Utecht University is happy to announce the 1st Microcontact Conference on Heritage Language Syntax to be held at Utrecht University on 12-13 March 2020.
- Terje Lohndal (NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology & UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
- Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto (Leiden University)
- Maria Polinsky (University of Maryland)
- Jason Rothman (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
- Marit Westergaard (UiT The Arctic University of Norway & NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Grammars that develop under constrained input conditions provide a unique window into the mechanisms of language diachrony and language change.
Heritage languages have been the center of a vast number of studies over the last few decades. Some of these studies have focused on structural properties of heritage grammars in comparison to the baseline grammars (i.e. the languages spoken by first generation immigrants), with the aim of understanding whether the mechanisms of resolution of “optionality”, or more simply structural alternation, are common to all heritage languages or specific to the languages in contact.
This workshop will focus on heritage language syntax, with particular attention to the issue of structural optionality resolution in contact situations.
The programme can be found here.
Attendance is free but please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend.