Languages in contact: New challenges for planning and policies

Languages in contact: New challenges for planning and policies
19 January 2018, 8.30am - 4.00pm
Trgovski dom, Corso/Korzo Verdi 52 Gorizia/Gorica, Italy

Janice Carruthers, Queen's University Belfast

Christian Voss, Humboldt, Berlin

Fabiana Fusco, University of Udine

Franc Marušič, University of Nova Gorica

Rok Žaucer, University of Nova Gorica

Matejka Grgič, SLORI


8.30-9.00 Registration

9.00 Welcome speeches

9.30-11.00 PART 1

9.30-10.00 Janice Carruthers: Language and Identity. Multi-ethnolects and minoritised languages in France and Ireland.

10.00-10.30 Christian Voss: Language planning and revitalisation among Slavic-speaking minorities in Greek Macedonia and Greek Thrace. Lessons to be learned?

10.30-11.00 Discussion

11.00-11.30 Coffee break

11.30-13.30 PART 2

11.30-12.00 Fabiana Fusco: Plurilingualism and contact in Friuli Venezia Giulia

12.00-12.30 Franc Marušič & Rok Žaucer: Contact-induced change in Slovenian modality

12.30-13.00 Matejka Grgič: Terminology in contact: how translation shapes the linguistic landscape

13.00-13.45 Discussion/Conclusions

13.45-14.30 Lunch

Registration open. To express interest, please email:

The Friuli Venezia Giulia (Friulian: Friûl–Vignesie Julie, Slovene: Furlanija – Julijska krajina, German: Friaul–Julisch Venetien) is one of five autonomous regions of Italy with special statute because of its multiethnic sociocultural context.

Despite of the multicultural history and the current cultural landscape of the region, Italian is the only official language; the regional and national minority languages (such as Friulian, Slovenian and German) are widespread in certain areas, but they enjoy different rights and have at least partly different statuses in terms of official recognition, services, and perceptions. In addition, a multitude of other languages have been introduced by different communities that have moved here over the centuries (Croatians, Serbs, Greeks, Jews, and many others). The proximity and the coexistence of different languages from at least three different groups (Italic, Germanic, and Slavic) have generated various communication habits and practices among speakers and a wide range of language phenomena. This picture is replicated beyond regional and national borders: on the Slovenian coast, a large Italian community is settled and the region is officially recognised as bilingual.

The aim of this conference is to show some language contact phenomena among minorities and/or border communities in the region and, more generally, in Europe. In particular, we will discuss topics such as:

  • everyday language practices among speakers in “contact areas”, their communication, and compensations strategies (code switching, code mixing, hybridisation, calques, borrowings …);
  • formal analysis of language contact phenomena (phonology, morphology, syntax structures …);
  • consequences and challenges: language loss or obsolescence; parallel standard, language secessionism, new koiné; status change (“minority language” -> “heritage language”) ...;
  • the exposure to different uses, registers, and lects of the minority language continuum as a possible key factor of a successful language policy;
  • the contact phenomena in language education and training programmes.

Abstracts and biographies

This event is organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research in collaboration with the Slovenian Research Institute (SLORI) as part of  the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). The Open World Research Initiative is a four year project funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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