The Third Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America
September 2012, Penn State University


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 Michael T. Putnam

Penn State University


Carrie Jackson

Penn State University


Richard Page

Penn State University


Joe Salmons

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Janne Bondi Johannessen

University of Oslo


The Third Workshop on Immigrant Languages in America will be held at Penn State University, State College 27. - 29. September 2012, at the University Park campus, which is the main campus of Penn State University. 

Topics: In the aftermath of immigration, new generations often speak “heritage languages”, a notion Rothman (2009) defines this way: “A language qualifies as a heritage language if it is a language spoken at home or otherwise readily available to young children, and crucially this language is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society.” Heritage languages have only recently become a major topic of interest among linguists, explored for their implications for linguistic theory, especially in terms of acquisition, attrition and change. This workshop aims to promote discussion of heritage languages across different languages, subfields and theoretical persuasions.

We invite abstracts on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas, on structural, historical or sociolinguistic aspects in any framework. Work on acquisition and attrition is particularly welcome.

Subfields: language change, language contact, language acquisition, sociolinguistics.


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Plenary Speaker: John M. Lipski
Title: The Linguistic Consequences of Moving Next Door: Spanish-Portuguese Mixing in NE Argentina M. Lipski is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the Pennsylvania State University, where he served as department head from 2000 to 2005.  He received his B. A. from Rice University, and his M. A. and Ph. D. from the University of Alberta. His research interests include Spanish phonology, Spanish and Portuguese dialectology and language variation, the linguistic aspects of bilingualism, and the African contribution to Spanish and Portuguese.  He has done fieldwork in Spain (including the Canary Islands), Africa, Brazil and all Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America, the Philippines, Guam, and many Spanish-speaking communities within the United States.  His research has been funded by two Fulbright research fellowships, an NEH summer fellowship, a Guggenheim fellowship, a grant from Penn State’s Africana Research Center, and numerous university-internal grants. He has published a number of books and more than 260 articles on all aspects of linguistics, language, and literature. He has served as editor of the journal Hispanic Linguistics, served for six years as associate editor of Hispania for Theoretical Linguistics, and is currently editor of a Georgetown University Press series on Hispanic linguistics.