Third Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America

The Third Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America will be held at Penn State University, State College 27. - 29. September 2012, at the University Park campus, which is the main campus of Penn State University. 

See the workshop home page.

Topics: In the aftermath of immigration, new generations often speak “heritage languages”, a notion Rothman (2009) defines this way: “A language qualifies as a heritage language if it is a language spoken at home or otherwise readily available to young children, and crucially this language is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society.” Heritage languages have only recently become a major topic of interest among linguists, explored for their implications for linguistic theory, especially in terms of acquisition, attrition and change. This workshop aims to promote discussion of heritage languages across different languages, subfields and theoretical persuasions.

We invite abstracts on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas, on structural, historical or sociolinguistic aspects in any framework. Work on acquisition and attrition is particularly welcome.

Subfields: language change, language contact, language acquisition, sociolinguistics.

Organizers

  • Michael T. Putnam, Penn State University
    Mail: syntaxpunk@gmail.com
  • Carrie Jackson, Penn State University
    Mail: cnj1@psu.edu
  • B. Richard Page, Penn State University
    Mail: page@psu.edu
  • Joe Salmons, University of Wisconsin-Madison
     Mail: jsalmons@wisc.edu
  • Janne Bondi Johannessen, University of Oslo
     Mail: j.b.johannessen@iln.uio.no

 

Dates

  • Deadline for abstracts: May 31, 2012. Maximum two pages in length (including diagrams, charts, and references) should be sent anonymously to immigrantlanguages3@psu.edu
     
  • Workshop: 27. - 29. September 2012.
     

Program

 

Contact

Michael Putnam, or other members of the organizing committee.