Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Amei Koll-Stobbe: Series editor’s introduction
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Series editor’s introduction
Language use as social practice depicts a plethora of contact phenomena and fundamental changes triggered through colonisation, post-colonisation and economic globalisation. Greifswald, a small university town in its 555th year of existence in 2011 is located in rural North-Eastern Germany at the borders of old and new Europe and arises as a fruitful place to experience and explore the complexity of contact phenomena within and across languages. Contact linguistics marks one of the research fields shared by the language philologies represented at the University of Greifswald. Interdisciplinary lecture series on aspects of language transfer and interference, vitality and endangerment have been documented by the first two volumes in the present book series (cf. Koll-Stobbe 2009a, 2009b).
This edited volume of peer-reviewed conference proceedings is the fifth in the series Language Competence and Language Awareness in Europe. Its main title Language Contact Around the Globe reflects the fluidity of the conceptual borders of Europe in a multilingual world, where languages of old European powers continue to symbolise the heritage of communities of practice world-wide that are torn between the norms of old and transported codified national languages, new emerging varieties and vernacular variability. Consequences of cross-linguistic cum cross-cultural contact as well as contact-induced language change constitute the topic range of the papers that were presented and discussed at the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalisation (LCTG3). The international conference with the globally acknowledged keynote...