Proceedings of the LCTG3 Conference
Edited By Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe
Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe: Language Contact Around the Globe
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Language Contact Around the Globe
Amei Koll-Stobbe and Sebastian Knospe
Evidence of language and culture contact as well as of bi- or multilingual practices can be found in virtually all epochs of human history. Yet, due to factors such as worldwide economic co-operation, mass mobility and new communication technologies, the manifold consequences which are connected to the exchange between different languages and cultures have become all the more conspicuous since the second half of the 20th century. As a result, linguistic studies specialised on this topic area have been promoted in virtually all philologies.
Against this background, the University of Greifswald initiated the Third Conference on Language Contact in Times of Globalization (LCTG3) which was open to linguists of all disciplines. For a conference of this format, the University of Greifswald provided a suitable location – not least in light of its own history: Indeed, Greifswald made part of the pan-European Hanseatic League for centuries and was Swedish between 1631 and 1815, before becoming German again. Thus, the town can look back on a history full of change. Apart from that, it is situated in the Baltic Sea Area, which is a linguistic contact zone itself that has regained importance after the fall of the Iron Curtain.