Welcome to the homepage of the Linguistic Colloquium Language, Region, Identity. The colloquium aims to foster scientific exchanges within the Alpine region and beyond. It is specifically targeted at young researchers (PhD students and post-docs). The colloquia, jointly organised by six universities and research centres in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, intend to offer a forum for discussing current and recently concluded projects. The yearly editions are organised around three keywords: language, region and identity. The different languages and language varieties that we speak, together with the place where we were born, grew up and where we live, are in fact important and interdependent factors that make up our identity. In language interactions, these factors play a key role in the processes of distinguishing and identifying with other interlocutors. The colloquia intend to offer a forum for discussing current and recently concluded projects concerning these aspects. Each Linguistic Colloquium workshop has a specific topic of interest.

The workshop languages are German, Italian and English. The events take place at the Academy of German-Italian Studies, at Villa San Marco in Merano, Italy.

6th LRI Workshop for young academics

Oral Communication and Plurilingualism


Villa San Marco, Merano, Italy


The 6th edition will address the topics of oral communication and plurilingualism.

We welcome contributions that deal with orality and spoken language, focusing in particular on oral communication in connection with:

  • territorial multilingualism; this could also include aspects related to migration;
  • the positioning of speakers from a sociolinguistic or variational linguistic perspective;
  • communicative acts within a specific genre of private or institutional communication, e.g. family talk, communication with public authorities, medical practitioners, at school or university etc.;
  • the linguistic features of spoken language from a phonetic-phonological, lexical, morphological, syntactical, pragmatic, or interactional point of view; this may also include a contrastive perspective;
  • the learning and teaching of oral competences in the first, second or foreign language;
  • methodological challenges in research on oral communication and spoken language.

Different languages and varieties  in the Alpine region will provide the focal points of the workshop; however, the workshop is also open to related topics and projects.

The Call for Papers has been published on 15 November 2019. Please click on the button below to see the full CfP.


The complete programme will be provided in April 2020.

Important Dates

31.01.2020 15.02.2020          New deadline of abstract submission

02.03.2020 20.03.2020          Notification of acceptance

01.03.2020          Registration opens

04.-05.06.2020      6th LRI Workshop


At LRI Workshops, two experts of the workshop topic frame the event by an invited opening and closing talk. The experts’ role during the workshop is to participate actively and constructive in the discussions at the end of each presentation.

The confirmed speakers are:

Marcella Costa (University of Turin): Sprachwahl im Gesprächsprozess

Jan D. ten Thije (Utrecht University): tba


Registration opens on 1st of March 2020. All participants should register by 31st of May 2020 at latest sending an email to indicating full name and affiliation. Please also indicate if you would like to join the social dinner on 4th of June at Forsterbräu Meran. The social dinner is organised by the workshop organisers, however, dinner will be a la carte and on the participants’ own expences.


Accademia Di Studi Italo - Tedeschi

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Accademia Di Studi Italo - Tedeschi 46.667124, 11.164834 Accademia di Studi Italo - Tedeschi

Academy of German-Italian Studies,
Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran, Italy

The Academy of German-Italian Studies, founded in 1959 as German-Italian Cultural Institute, is a non-profit association, whose aim is to foster the cultural and scientific exchange between the German speaking and the Italian speaking world.
The Academy organises international conferences, symposia, research and doctoral colloquia, as well as lectures, readings, exhibitions and concerts. It carries out in-house research through its research centres and through collaborative projects with other institutions. Cooperation agreements have been signed with several universities and research centers in Italy, Germany, and Austria.

A beautiful place to meet

South Tyrol

Italy’s northernmost province combines Alpine staidness with Italian joie-de-vivre, the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage site – and cultural diversity. South Tyrol is a region abounding with contrasts, between Mediterranean landscape and Alpine peaks, rooted tradition and cosmopolitan curiosity.


Merano/Meran is a vibrant spa town, characterized by spacious parks, easy walking routes, botanical gardens and waterways which invite visitors to linger and enjoy the green and pleasant atmosphere of the old town. For more information on Merano/Meran, visit the tourist board.​


Local Orgnisers

Aivars Glaznieks

Eurac Research Bolzano/Bozen

Stephanie Risse

Free University Bolzano/Bozen

Katharina Salzmann

Free University of Bolzano/Bozen
International Organisers

Monika Dannerer

University of Innsbruck

Andrea Ender

University of Salzburg

Peter Mauser

University of Salzburg

Claudia Maria Riehl

University of Munich

Regula Schmidlin

University of Fribourg


1st LRI Workshop 2014, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran:
“Language, Region and Identity in Computer-mediated Communication”: Programme

2nd LRI Workshop 2015, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran:
“Language, Region and Identity in Educational Communcation”: Programme and Abstracts

3rd LRI Workshop 2016, University of Innsbruck:
“Language, Region and Identity in Secondary and Tertiary Education”: Programme and Abstracts

4th LRI Workshop 2018, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran:
“Language Policy – Language Use – Language Standard”: Programme and Abstracts

5th LRI Workshop 2019, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran:
“Writing and Written Language in Everyday Life”: Programme and Abstracts