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 early-career 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.

7th LRI Workshop for early-career researchers

Language and Belonging

6th-7th June 2024

Villa San Marco, Merano, Italy

The 7th edition will address the topic of language and belonging. Despite often being equated with the notions of identity and citizenship, the notion of belonging can capture various different ways in which people may belong and form emotional attachments. For several decades now, different fields of linguistic research have tackled issues in relation to belonging with different theoretical and methodological orientations. From variationist sociolinguistics, which has attempted to work out how certain linguistic features pattern around people’s belonging to certain places, social classes or genders, research on language and belonging received important contributions from orientations such as Sociolinguistic Ethnography or Discourse Analysis that have conceived of belonging as a resource that people employ strategically to construct, claim or resist forms of social inclusion or exclusion.

Important Dates

01.10.2023            Publication of CfP

15.01.2024 31.01.2024            Deadline for abstract submission

07.03.2024 07.03.2024            Notification of acceptance

01.03.2024            Registration opens

06.-07.06.2024      7th 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 constructively in the discussions at the end of each presentation.

The confirmed speakers are:

Rita Vallentin (University of Frankfurt (Oder), Germany): “Doing Belonging: Linguistic Practices, Materialities and Temporal Trajectories”

Florian Busch (University of Bern, Switzerland): “Chronotopische Zugehörigkeiten und mediatisierter Sprachgebrauch: Biographie und Repertoire in alltäglicher Smartphone-Kommunikation”

Rita Vallentin

Florian Busch


Accademia Di Studi Italo - Tedeschi

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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

Verena Platzgummer

Eurac Research Bolzano/Bozen

Mara Leonardi

Free University 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

6th LRI Workshop 2020 and 2021, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran:
“Oral Communication and Plurilingualism”: The workshop was cancelled due to Covid pandemic