UM to hold conference on language contact in Asia and the Pacific

12 Sep 2016


The University of Macau’s (UM) Department of Portuguese will hold the Second Conference on Language Contact in Asia and the Pacific on Wednesday 14 September and Thursday 15 September. The conference aims to provide a platform for experts and scholars to exchange knowledge from multidisciplinary research on the different facets of language contact and multilingualism in Asia and the Pacific.

Papers in the fields of descriptive linguistics, linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and language documentation, maintenance and revitalisation, will be presented. The keynote speeches and conference participants’ presentations will cover topics related to contact linguistics, namely (1) description of specific linguistic phenomena as a result of the contact between languages, with case studies in Hong Kong, Taiwan, The Philippines, Malaysia, Macao, mainland China, and Indonesia, (2) social and cultural consequences and contexts of contact between groups of speakers of different languages in certain Southeast and East Asian regions, and (3) documentation and preservation issues related to endangered minority languages, with focus on Malaysia, Singapore, and Macao.

There will be four keynote speeches, namely ‘Layers of Language Contact and Language Change’ by Prof Peter Austin from the SOAS University of London Sasak, ‘Periphery in the Age of Reimagining: Vernaculars and Vitality in Urban and Online Communities’ by Prof Lisa Lim from the University of Hong Kong, ‘Minority Portuguese-lexified Creoles in Asia: Internal and External Challenges to the Survival’ by Prof Alan Baxter from the University of Saint Joseph, and ‘Documenting Malacca Portuguese Creole (Cristang)’ by Prof Stefanie Pillai from the University of Malaya.

The opening ceremony will take place on 14 September, at 9:00am, in Room G012, E22 Building. The conference will be conducted in English. For enquiries or more information about the event, please visit or contact Dr Mário Pinharanda Nunes at 88228908.



是次邀請了4位國際知名學者擔任主講嘉賓:倫敦大學亞非學院教授Peter Austin、香港大學教授林麗素、聖若瑟大學教授Alan Baxter和馬來亞大學教授Stefanie Pillai,演講題目分別為“語言接觸和改變的不同層面”、“重想時代的邊界:城市和網上社群的方言和活力”、“亞洲的葡克里奥爾語:語言保存的內外挑戰”及“記錄馬六甲葡裔土生語Cristang"。

研討會開幕式將於9月14日上午9時在澳大人文社科樓G012室以英語進行。詳請可瀏覽或致電88228908,與Mário Pinharanda Nunes博士聯絡。


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