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3rd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor, November 3rd-4th, 2023

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November 3rd-4th, 2023
Teloglion Fine Arts Foundation, A.U.Th., Thessaloniki

The Institute of Modern Greek Studies (M. Triandaphyllidis Foundation), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, organizes the “3rd International Conference on Language Contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor”, on 3 and 4 November 2023, in Thessaloniki and via internet. The conference will investigate language contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor, with a special focus on the relationship between Greek and other languages in these regions.

Keynote speakers:

Marcel Erdal (Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main) and
Irena Sawicka (Polska Akademia Nauk, Warsaw),

leading scholars on issues related to language contact in the conference’s focus areas.

As we explained in the Call for Papers of the previous conferences, our decision to organize a conference on language contact in the Balkans and Asia Minor has been motivated by the recognition that research on language contact in these two regions is usually conducted independently, and without mutually benefiting from the results and achievements of studies regarding such phenomena in each of these two regions, despite the fact that these regions share the same two basic languages (Greek and Turkish) and, to a great extent, a common historical background. The conference initiates a fertile discussion between that strand of research whose object of study is language contact in the Balkans and the corresponding one focusing on Asia Minor. In this respect, the papers to be presented at the conference can be classified under three headings:

(a) those focusing on the Balkans,

(b) those zeroing in on Asia Minor,

and (c) those whose interest lies in the comparative investigation of these two regions.

The thematic areas of the conference include, but are not limited to:

(1) theoretical issues in language contact,

(2) language contact and dialectology,

(3) language contact and etymology,

(4) language contact and typology,

(5) language contact and philology. Issues regarding all levels of linguistic analysis that are influenced or determined by l


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