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Conference | Summer School

HiSoN Summer School 2022

Sunday 24 July 2022 - Sunday 31 July 2022
Lesbos, Greece

General information

The summer schools organised by the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) offer classes by leading experts on modern and historical sociolinguists. There is space for only 40 graduate students and young (at heart!) researchers so you are advised to book early.

Dates: 24 July - 31 July 2022

Location: Metochi study centre on the island of Lesbos, Greece.

The summer school lasts for one week with arrival on Sunday 24 July, classes from Monday to Saturday, and departure on Sunday 31 July in the morning. During the week, there will also be an excursion. You will have the opportunity to present your own research at a special session.


Teachers Topic
Sarah Thomason (Michigan)

Social and linguistic factors in contact-induced language change

Daniel Schreier (Zürich)

Human traffic, migration, nativization: On the origins of extraterritorial varieties

Horst Simon (Berlin) Pronouns of Address: Perspectives from Historical Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics
Bridget Drinka (San Antonio)

New Perspectives on Areal Linguistics: Sprachbünde and Stratified Convergence Zones across Space and Time 

Joanna Kopaczyk (Glasgow)

Communities of Practice as a Locus of Language Change (and Preservation)

Rik Vosters (Brussels)

Data visualization in historical sociolinguistics 

Sandrine Tailleur (Chicoutimi) French in Canada 1867-1938: hybridity, ideologies and colonization

Abstracts and readings can be found here.


Registration includes housing, meals (breakfast, lunch dinner), tuition, the excursion, and the transfers from Mytilene airport (Lesbos) to Metochi and back. The fee for participation is € 600.

Since there is only room for 40 participants, applications will be treated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, taking also into account research interests.

Follow the link to get to the registration form.

Venue and travel information

The venue is the University of Agder's Metochi study centrea former monastery on the Greek island of Lesbos. 

By plane, it’s only a 30-40 minute trip from Athens or Thessaloniki either with Aegean or Olympic airlines. There are also charter flights from various cities in Europe.


Gijsbert Rutten, Brenda Assendelft, Andreas Krogull and Jill Puttaert.

More information (course abstracts and readings) will follow soon. In case of questions, contact Gijsbert Rutten (g.j.rutten@hum.leidenuniv.nl). 


  • Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL)
  • Historical Sociolinguistics Research and Training program (FWO-Flanders)
  • University of Agder
  • Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
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