WILA8 2017 – University of Copenhagen

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The Eighth Annual Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas (WILA 8)

The Workshop on Immigrant Languages in the Americas, now in its eigth year, focuses on both formal and sociolinguistic approaches to language context situations, especially in heritage language communities (naturally acquired languages spoken in a community where it is not the majority variety). The workshop covers topics from anthropological linguistics, general linguistics, historical linguistics, language documentation and sociolinguistics.

Register for WILA8 – DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 28 2017!

See the workshop programme

Due to generous support by the A. P. Møller Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation and the University of Copenhagen, there will be no conference fee.

Local organizers

Karoline Kühl, Jan Heegård Petersen, Gert Foget Hansen and Frans Gregersen.


Thursday, October 12, 2017 to Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Plenary speaker

Dr. Aneta Pavlenko, Center for Multilingualism, University of Oslo:

Immigrant languages in the British colonies and the USA (1683-1924): Who got to keep theirs, why and for how long? - Read abstract

Publication of selected proceedings

We plan to publish a volume of selected workshop proceedings which will include 10-12 relatively short papers (ca. 4000 words, published probably by Cascadilla Press). Our goal is to publish the volume soon after the workshop. In order to be able to do so, we ask those who are interested in this option to plan their publication so that they are able to submit a paper by November 12, 2017. 

All submitted papers will undergo peer review. Due to generous support by our host department, Department of Nordic Languages and Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, there will be no publication fee.


Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir University of Iceland
Joshua Bousquette University of Georgia
Angela Hoffman Uppsala University
Chad Howe University of Georgia
Janne Bondi Johannessen University of Oslo
Michael Putnam Penn State University
Joseph Salmons  University of Wisconsin-Madison

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