University of Chicago Book Salon: The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact

May 26th, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Paris CET) on zoom

Chicago Book Salon : The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact

Friday, May 26th, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Paris CET)

In person at the University of Chicago Center in Paris, 6 rue Thomas Mann, 75013 Paris

or on Zoom by clicking on this link to register

Please join us for a Chicago Book Salon on The Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2022) edited by Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago) and Anna Maria Escobar (University of Illinois at Urbana -Champaign)

Contributions to the 2-volume Cambridge Handbook of Language Contact (2022) have shown how wide this research area is and how much light the scholarship on language contact sheds on various aspects of linguistic behavior. The publication has also made it obvious that language contact is one of the oldest subfields of linguistics, starting with genetic creolistics as an offshoot of genealogical linguistics in the late 19th.Century. The subfield has expanded to where, at the end of the Handbook enterprise, we the editors realized we could have considered a third volume, to accommodate emergent topics at the intersections of language contact with sociolinguistics, psychology, colonization, multiculturalism, and various other research areas, a reality that also underscores the need for interdisciplinarity. Five of us, including the editors and authors, will discuss the intellectual contribution of the Handbook to linguistics.

A panel discussion with:

Salikoko S. Mufwene (The Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor of Linguistics and The College at the University of Chicago, Academic Director of the University of Chicago Center in Paris 2022-2023)

Anna Maria Escobar (Professor Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) 

Bridget Drinka (Professor, Department of English, The University of Texas at San Antonio)

Annick de Houwer (Professor Emerita, University of Erfurt; Director, Harmonious Bilingualism Network)

Bonny Sands (Adjunct Professor affiliated with the Department of English, Northern Arizona University)


This event is organized by the University of Chicago Center in Paris.