Call for papers: Workshop AG3 at DGfS 2023, Cologne

We are inviting the submissions of abstract for

45th DGfS 2023, Workshop AG3: Coexistence, competition, and change: Structural borrowing and the dynamics of asymmetric language contact

Short Title: DGfS 2023, AG3

Date: 08-Mar-2023 – 10-Mar-2023

Location: University of Cologne, Germany

Contact Person: Manfred Sailer

Meeting Email: dalc “at” uni “minus” frankfurt “dot” de

Web Site of DGfS 2023:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Contact Linguistics, Typology, Corpus Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sign Language Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20 August 2022 extended to 1 September 2022

Meeting Description:

Aims and background: The workshop aims at bringing together various lines of research in the investigation of the dynamics of asymmetric language contact and change. Typically, language contact situations are characterized by variation, competition, and coexistence of linguistic features at different levels of linguistic analysis and their interfaces. These dynamics become apparent not only in the linguistic behaviour of bilingual speakers and signers (code-switching, code-mixing, code-blending, and cross-linguistic influence), but also in the evolution of spoken and sign languages over time (language change, emergence of new varieties, mixed languages, pattern transfer or calque). By approaching the dynamics of language contact from different theoretical perspectives, we aim to contribute to a better understanding of the outcomes of language contact. Our focus will be on contact phenomena at the syntactic level.

Possible topics: Issues that will be addressed include but are not limited to:

  • What do we know about the interplay of internal and external factors affecting the outcomes of language contact?
  • Does lexical borrowing open a door to structural borrowing under specific circumstances?
  • What factors contribute to the diffusion of or resistance to the importation of structural features?
  • How do we distinguish between variation and change?
  • How do traditional linguistic theories cope with the dynamics of language contact?
  • What do dynamic models contribute to our understanding of language contact and change?
  • Are borrowing hierarchies universal or conditioned by the languages involved?
  • What is the scope and what are the limits of syntactic creativity in asymmetric language contact?

Potentially interested: We particularly encourage submissions addressing these topics from different theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, and subfields of linguistics, including but not limited to formal linguistics, typology, areal linguistics, sign language linguistics, historical linguistics, bilingualism research, contact linguistics, and postcolonial linguistics.

Invited speakers:

Time for talks: 20 min presentation, 10 min discussion

Abstract submission guidelines:

Abstracts should be anonymously submitted in PDF format and not exceed 250 words, and contain a max. number of 5 references.

Submissions should be sent to: dalc “at” uni “minus” frankfurt “dot” de

using the subject line: DGfS 2023, AG3 submission

and include in the body of the message:

  1. Name, affiliation, e-mail address of each author 
  2. Three to five keywords on the topic of the proposed presentation

Workshop information:

The workshop will most likely take place in person. Please be prepared to travel to the conference to be able to take part in it.

Please note that the regulations of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS) do not allow workshop participants to present two or more papers in different workshops. However, you are allowed to be named co-authors in more than one presentation.

Travel grants:

A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission: August 20, 2022, 23:59 CET

Notification of acceptance:  September 10, 2022

Workshop organizers:

  • Hiwa Asadpour, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main & JSPS International Fellow of University of Tokyo
  • Carolina Plaza-Pust, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main
  • Manfred Sailer, Goethe-University Frankfurt/Main


All questions about submissions can be e-mailed to

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