Languages in Contact 2018 - Call for Papers
Languages in Contact 2018 - Call for Papers

 Languages in Contact 2018 - Call for Papers


Call for Papers

International Conference 
16–17 June, 2018

organized by:

  • Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw Branch, Poland
  • Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw, Poland
  • Israel Study Center, Israel
  • Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria
  • Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology, University of Malta
  • Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • International Communicology Institute, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Institute of English Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland
  • College of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wroclaw, Poland


  • Michel DeGraff (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Faydra Shapiro (Israel Study Center, Israel) \
  • Anja Tippner (Hamburg University, Germany)
  • Tomasz P. Krzeszowski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg (Israel Study Center, Israel)
  • Eeva Sippola (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Aleksandra R. Knapik (Committee for Philology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw Branch, Poland)
  • Yeshaya Gruber (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

CONFERENCE PROGRAM - to be announced

Languages in Contact is an international conference that aims at bringing together researchers of language, understood as social human behavior. The conference organizers wish to address the need to investigate minority speech communities, small, endangered and vanishing languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as to narrow down the scope of the study of cultural practices performed by means of language.

The conference seeks to reach the following goals:

  • Developing the methodological apparatus for anthropological and contact linguistics,as well as promoting these innovative disciplines in Poland.
  • Integrating the international scientific milieu focused on anthropological linguistics.
  • Promoting the study of minority, small and vanishing languages among young linguists.

The conference seeks to establish new ground in the following areas:

  • conceptions about the origin of language and languages
  • small, endangered and vanishing languages, cultures and literatures
  • the ecology of small, minority and endangered languages, cultures and literatures
  • anthropological linguistics,
  • cultural patterns in discursive practices,
  • folk-linguistics and folk-anthropology,
  • mechanisms of language change (and language death),
  • the description and classification (genetic, aerial, typological) of the languages of the world,
  • the semiotics and ethnography of communication,
  • studies of pidgin, creole and mixed languages,
  • the origins and spread of writing systems,
  • field linguistics.

“The attempts to classify mankind are numerous.”

Franz Boas, (1911: 6) “Introduction.” [In:] 
The Handbook of American Indian Languages. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.
Bureau of American Ethnology. Bulletin 40, 1-95.

“Of all aspects of culture, it is a fair guess that language was the first to receive a highly developed form and that its essential perfection is a prerequisite to the development of culture as a whole.”

Edward Sapir, (1937: 155) “Language.” [In:] Edwin A. Seligman (ed.) 
Encyclopaedia of the Social Sciences. Vol. 9; 
New York: Macmillan, 155-169.

“The possibility of insult and of humor based on linguistic choices means that members agree on the underlying rules of speech and on the social meaning of linguistic features."

Susan M. Ervin-Tripp, (1964: 93) “Sociolinguistics.” [In:] Leonard Berkovitz (ed.) 
Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. Vol 4. 
New York: Academic Press, 93-107.

“As culture contact is perhaps the most common vector of culture change, the nature of this contact is often manifested in linguistic change.”

Willam A. Foley, (1997: 384) Anthropological Linguistics
Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

“(…) Linguistic anthropology is a distinct discipline that deserves to be studied for its past accomplishments as much as for the vision of the future presented in the work of a relatively small but active group of interdisciplinary researchers.”

Alessandro Duranti, (1997:1) Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge, 
U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

“The development of a comprehensive written visual language caused civilization to grow more complex. (…) Literacy gives cultures the privilege of knowing the past.”

Denise Schmandt-Besserat, (2007: 105) When Writing Met Art. From Symbol to Story. 
Austin: University of Texas Press.


  • Imke Mendoza (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Justyna Olko (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Marie Alexander (University of Malta)
  • Ray Fabri (University of Malta)
  • Eliyahu Lizorkin-Eyzenberg (Israel Study Center)
  • Christopher Laferl (University of Salzburg, Austria)
  • Grzegorz A. Kleparski (University of Rzeszow)
  • Richard L. Lanigan (International Communicology Institute, Washington, D.C., USA)
  • Aleksander Szwedek (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland)
  • John Rickford (Stanford University, USA)
  • Piotr P. Chruszczewski (University of Wroclaw, Poland) - chairperson


  • Anna Zasłona (Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw, Poland)
  • Katarzyna Buczek (University of Opole, Poland)
  • Marcin Kudła (University of Rzeszow)
  • Aleksandra R. Knapik (Committee for Philology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw Branch, Poland ) - chairperson


  • Closing date for registration and submission of abstracts: 20 April 2018
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 April 2018
  • Deadline for fee payment: 10 May 2018


Please register online:,Registration_Form_2018.xml

Please send a 400-500 word abstract (in English or in Polish) for a 20-minute paper (max. 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) at and register online by 20 April, 2018.

Paper proposals should include the following elements:

  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) name
  • Author(s) institution affiliation, address, and contact e-mail
  • Abstract text (max. 400-500 words)
  • Times New Roman font size 12 pt.
  • A Microsoft Word file


  • 120 EUR or 480 PLN – conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch and banquet included
  • 80 EUR or 320 PLN – a discount fee for PhD students

The conference fee should be paid by 10 May 2018 to the account of the Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw:

Account Holder: Wyższa Szkoła Filologiczna we Wrocławiu 
Bank: Raiffeisen Bank Polska S. A. 
Account No (IBAN): PL 23 1750 1064 0000 0000 0856 4167 

Please, make sure to include your name and the conference title (Languages in Contact 2018) in the description of the bank transfer. The conference fee does not cover travel and accommodation costs.


University of Wroclaw, Institute of English Studies, 
ul. Kuźnicza 22, Wroclaw, Poland


Please note that the organizers do not provide accommodation for the conference participants.

Contact details:

Conference secretary - Anna Zasłona 
phone: +48 71 395 84 73

Honorary patronage:

  • President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch
  • Rector of the Philological School of Higher Education in Wrocław
  • Director of the International Communicology Institute, Washington, D.C.

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