Formal approaches to minority, minorized or less studied languages in contact situations

June 5, 2024 (right before RALFE 2024)

The IKER Lab (UMR5478) organizes a workshop on Formal approaches to minority, minorized or less studied languages in contact situations, sister workshop of the conference RALFE 2024.

Call for papers

From the outset, generative grammar was characterized by its assumption of an ‘ideal speaker’, with an internalized, individual and intensional knowledge of a language (Chomsky, 1955 et seq.). Nevertheless, because of the marked simplicity of the monolingual mind model, the last decades have seen the need to amend that assumption. The field is now observing a shift towards a more dynamic and multilingual mind that captures better the particularities of different types of linguisticalities, such as bilingualism, language contact situations, language minorization, heritage languages, etc.

Questions that we would like to discuss include (but are not restricted to) the following:

  • How do languages change in contact situations? Are there specific dynamics of change with minorized languages?
  • Besides being observable, is change predictable?
  • Are there particular aspects characterizing the grammar of heritage languages?
  • Can we appropriately assess the advantages/disadvantages of bilingualism?
  • Does this extend to bilectalism?
  • Are there cognitive, linguistic, or behavioral aspects particular to bimodal (spoken & gestural) bilingualism?

Invited speaker

Evelina Leivada (ICREA-UAB)

Submission instructions

We invite abstract submissions for a 20 min talk (plus 10 min discussion) on formal approaches to minority, minoritized or less studied languages in contact situations. The official language of the workshop will be English. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual and one joint abstract per author or two joint abstracts. Abstracts should be anonymous and must not exceed 2 pages (A4, 1 inch-margins on all four sides, Times New Roman 12 pt.), including data and references. Abstracts must be submitted online through the EasyAbs website. Only electronic submissions by EasyAbs will be accepted (file must be in .pdf format).

Link for submissions:


  • Deadline for abstract submission: March 7th
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: early April
  • Workshop: June 5