In celebration of the fact that this will be the tenth FDSL, there will also be two special workshops. The first workshop, chaired by Maria Polinsky, will be focusing on various aspects of Heritage Language. The workshop will concentrate on the following questions:
1. Is there anything special about heritage speakers that separates them from the rest of bilinguals? If yes, what is it, and if not, what is the place of heritage speakers in the general landscape of bilingualism?
2. What heritage language phenomena are relevant to theoretical linguistics, and how can they be accounted for?
3. It is commonly assumed that some effects in heritage languages are due to transfer from the dominant language, and some are more general or even universal in nature. What phenomena in heritage Slavic languages attest to the former and the latter type?
The second workshop ‘Formal Perspectives and Diachronic Change in Slavic Languages’ will be organised by Roland Meyer. The workshop will focus on instances of diachronic change in Slavic languages and their analysis in formal models of grammar. Issues to be addressed include, but are not confined to, the following:
1. What areas of grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics) were affected by the change in question? What was its source/motivation, time course, and result?
2. Does the development in question lend itself to an explanation in terms of reanalysis, grammaticalization, contact, competing varieties, or some other mechanism of change?
3. Does the analysis of the change in question have any synchronic ramifications? Does it shed light on the (non-)adequacy of a certain synchronic account?
Authors of the conference are cordially invited to submit abstracts especially for the workshops. Should this be the case, we ask you to add a short note in your e-mail.