DiGS 19 Workshop Programme

Language Variation and Change in Contact Situations

Tuesday 5 September 2017

Proudly hosted by Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Location: J.S. Gericke Library Auditorium, Stellenbosch University



Welcome - Prof Felix Banda (UWC)

08:45 – 09:45


Charlotte Galves (Campinas)

The role of Niger-Congo languages in the genesis of Brazilian Portuguese 

09:45 – 10:15

Coffee Break

10:15 – 10:55

Tonjes Veenstra (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Berlin)

Kreol Morisien as a Bantu Language

10:55 – 11:35

Brita Ramsevik Riksem (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim)

Stability or Change in Heritage Norwegian? Diachronic Development in the Patterns of Language Mixing

11:35 – 12:15

Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir (University of Iceland), Iris Edda Nowenstein (University of Iceland), Sigríður Mjöll Björnsdóttir (University of Tromsø), Ásgrímur Angantýsson,  Anton Karl Ingason (University of Iceland), and Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson (University of Iceland)

Language Contact without Contact: A Nationwide Study of Digital Minoritization

12:15 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:10

Adam Ledgeway (University of Cambridge), Norma Schifano (University of Cambridge) & Giuseppina Silvestri (University of Cambridge)

Greek and Romance in Contact: When Finite Becomes Non-finite

14:10 – 14:50

Cristina Guardiano (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia) & Melita Stavrou (Aristotle University, Thessaloniki)

Syntactic Change Under the Pressure of Contact: The Loss of Polydefiniteness in Italiot Greek

14:50 – 15:30

Alessandra Tomaselli (Università di Verona) & Cecilia Poletto (Università di Padova)

From VPR to VO through German Linguistic Islands in the North East of Italy

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00


Pieter Muysken (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)

Microvariation, contact, change in Ecuadorian Quechua