Rethinking Contact Induced Change

The international conference 'Rethinking Contact Induced Change' will take place at Leiden University from 9-11 June 2011.

Celebrating the transfer of the online Journal of Language Contact to Brill publishers in Leiden this conference is sponsored by Brill, on request of the founding editor of the Journal, Robert Nicolaï. The conference can be seen as the follow-up to the 2007 symposium in Leipzig.

This conference addresses a number of fundamental questions in the domain of contact-induced change that have emerged from the debate in the last decades and also aims to formulate new questions. Robert Nicolaï, the founding father of the Journal of Language Contact, will present his thoughts on 'La place de la dimension sémiotique dans le contact des langues (construction des signes et place des acteurs de la communication: vers une anthropologie renouvelée)'.


Thursday, June 9 

8.30-9.15 Registration at the Lipsius building (main hall)
Room 011
9.30-10.30 Keynote lecture by Robert Nicolaï
Construction sémiotique et saisie du «contact»
entre les langues et dans la langue.
Vers une anthropologie renouvelée
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
Room 011
11.00-11.30 Jeff Siegel
Two types of functional transfer in language contact
11.30-12.00 Peter Bakker
Pidgins as precursors for creoles
12.00-12.30 Martin Ehala
Tolerance to variation and analogy are the key forces
driving contact induced change
12.30-14.00 Lunch at the Arsenaal building
Parallel (1)
Room 227
14.00-14.30 Sebastian Nordhoff
Dialect levelling, substrate reinforcement, and
metatypy in the history of Sri Lanka Malay
14.30-15.00 Eugenie Stapert & Bethwyn Evans
Rethinking motivations of contact-induced change:
Evidence from Siberia and Papua New Guinea
15.00-15.30 Anthony Grant
Contact, shift, maintenance and genocide:
Different realisations of the effects of contact-induced change
in the North Pacific
Parallel (2)
Room 228
14.00-14.30 Carole de Féral
Social factors, deliberate and non-deliberate changes in
two "contact languages" (Cameroon)
14.30-15.00 Nelia Alexandre, Rita Gonçalves and Tjerk Hagemeijer
PP-relativization in African Varieties of Portuguese:
Between contact and convergent change
15.00-15.30 Simanique Moody
The role of structural differences in the outcomes
of African American English in contact with Gullah-Geechee
in Southeast Geor
15.30-16.00 Coffee break
Room 005
16.00-16.30 Felicity Meakins & Carmel O’Shannessy
Typological constraints on verb integration in
two Australian mixed languages
16.30-17.00 Mathias Jenny & Åshild Næss
Who changes language?
Bilingualism and structural borrowing in
Burma and the Reef Islands
17.00 Brill Reception at Café De Koets
(Doelensteeg 8)

Friday, June 10

Plenary sessions only, all in room 011. 

9.00-10.00 Keynote lecture by Malcolm Ross
Diagnosing contact processes from their outcomes:
How far can we go?
10.00-10.30 Coffee break
10.30-11.00 Stefan Pfaender
Bilingual bridges:
Perceived similarity and the emergence of contact languages
11.00-11.30 Christopher Lucas
What, if anything, is the stability gradient?
11.30-12.00 Wolfgang Wölck
Internal chain shift versus external contact:
The Northern cities shift revisited
12.00-12.30 Short poster presentations
12.30-14.00 Lunch & poster viewing at the Arsenaal building
14.00-14.30 Francesco Gardani
Borrowing inherent vs contextual inflection
14.30-15.00 Maarten Kossmann
On inflectional borrowing
15.00-15.30 Aline da Cruz
The emergence of number agreement in Nheengatú
15.30-16.00 Bart Jacobs
Embedding Papiamentu in the mixed languages debate
16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-17.30 Keynote lecture by Don Winford
On the unity of contact phenomena:
The case for imposition
17.30 Conference Dinner in restaurant De Oude Harmonie
(Breestraat 13)


Saturday, June 11

Plenary sessions only, all in room 011.

9.30-10.00 Penelope Gardner-Chloros and Maria Secova
Contact-induced change in monolingual and bilingual speech
10.00-10.30 Isabelle Léglise and Bettina Migge
Towards a comprehensive approach to studying
synchronic language contact
10.30-11.00 Coffee break
11.00-11.30 Jacomine Nortier and Margreet Dorleijn
Multi-ethnolects: relating social factors to
linguistic outcomes
11:30-12.00 Fida Bizri
Impact of input-output interaction in language
acquisition strategies: Data from migrant communities
in the Middle Ea
12.00-12:30 Remco Knooihuizen
Reconstructing language shift-induced transfer:
Preaspiration in peripheral Scottish varieties
12.30-13.00 Closing session by Maarten Mous


The conference will be held at 2 different locations: the Lipsius building and the Arsenaal building. The Lipsius building (Cleveringaplaats 1) is the main faculty building of the Faculty of Humanities. For a route description and location on the map, please visit this website.
The lunches and poster session are held in the Arsenaal building (Arsenaalstraat 1), also in walking distance of the other two venues. For a route description and the location on the map, see this website.
You will receive a map at registration with all the key locations.

Registration and payment

Please arrive at the conference venue (Lipsius building) before 9.00h for registration, coffee and tea will be served in the main hall. 

The conference fee is 50 euro. The registration fee includes the reception on the opening day, lunch on Thursday and Friday, and a conference folder. We ask an additional 20 euro if you wish to attend the conference dinner.
We prefer that you pay the conference and dinner fee in cash at registration, but it is also possible to transfer the amount to:
Universiteit Leiden Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
on bank account number, please mention ‘RCIC 1537008619' and your name.  
(IBAN: NL56ABNA0442287348 / BIC: ABNANL2a)

Reception and dinner

On Thursday, after the last talk, there is time for a little get-together and drinks. The location of the reception will be announced soon.

The conference dinner will be held on Friday evening. The name and location of the restaurant will be announced soon. If you wish to attend the conference dinner please send an email to Esrih Bakker ( before 16 May. Please mention if you have any dietary requirements.
The dinner fee is 20 euro.


Leiden has several accommodation options, see: If you need assistance in making reservations, please let us know as soon as possible.

Contact and more information

For all your questions and more information, please contact Esrih Bakker at or 071-527 2125. 

Scientific Committee:
Robert Nicolaï, Maarten Kossmann, Maarten Mous, Dick Smakman

Organizing Committee:
Esrih Bakker, Martine Bruil, Jenia Gutova, Maarten Kossmann, Maarten Mous, Alexander Schwager, Dick Smakman

Last Modified: 08-06-2011