LABiC 2022

LABiC 2022 
12-13 September, 2022 - Ca' Foscari University of Venice

International conference on bilingualism with local languages: Language Attitudes and Bi(dia)lectal Competence

Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
MIUR - Dipartimento di eccellenza
LABiC 2022
CSML - Centro Studi sul Multilinguismo


The Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies (DSLCC) at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice will host a conference on language attitudes and bi(dia)lectal competence, which will be held on September 12-13, 2022 in presence and on Zoom.

The LABiC 2022 conference is intended to address the topic of bilingualism with local languages (i.e minority languages, dialects or local varieties) both in the Italian and international context, taking language attitudes and linguistic competence in bi(dia)lectals as prime focus of our discussion, but also starting point for further developments.
The conference aims at bringing together sociolinguistic, variationist, biolinguistic and cognitive approaches to the study of bilingualism with local languages, by gathering contributions that provide different outlooks on this complex and fascinating phenomenon. 
The official language of the conference will be English

Keynote speakers
Organizing Committee
Scientific Committee


Participation is open and free, but registration is highly recommended.
Please fill in this online form.

12 September 2022

  • 11:00-11:30 Coffee break

  • 13.00-14:30 Lunch

  • 16:30-17:00 Coffee break

13 September 2022

  • 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

  • 13.00-14:30 Lunch

  • 15:30-16:00 Coffee break

If you wish to attend online, registration is mandatory.
The link to the conference is the following:


LABiC 2022 will be held at Sala B in Ca’ Bernardo.

Travel information

  • From Marco Polo Venice Airport, you can take the ACTV road bus or ATVO road bus that end at Piazzale Roma road taxi and bus terminal. Both buses leave from the platforms outside the arrival hall of the Airport. The drive takes about 25 minutes.
    Information about the timetable and prices is available at ACTV website and at ATVO website.
  • From Marco Polo Venice Airport, you can also reach the centre of Venice by taking the Alilaguna waterbus, a direct service between the Marco Polo Airport and the Venice centre.
    Further information about the Alilaguna waterbus is available at Alilaguna website.
    To take the waterbus from the Airport walk down towards the dock following the pedestrian instructions (about 12 minutes).

Call for papers

Bilingual or multilingual contexts including one or more minority languages, dialects or local varieties deserve special attention in linguistic research. In fact, the asymmetry in terms of linguistic status between such varieties and standard national languages has an impact on various phenomena, which range from socio-political and identity issues to dynamics of language use and contact in bi(dia)lectal grammatical and cognitive systems. The conference is aimed at gathering together work on bilingualism with local languages both in the Italian and international context, with a particular interest in  the sociolinguistic and biolinguistic approaches.

We welcome contributions related (but not limited) to the following research questions:

  • What is the relationship between language prestige, linguistic competence and use?
  • How are local languages perceived, and how are attitudes towards them influenced by the social context(s)?
  • In asymmetrical bilingualism, what impact do institutional language policies have on the status of local languages and their vitality?
  • How are non-standard varieties (dialects and local languages) mentally represented? Are there differences from the mental representation of standard varieties?
  • What are the characteristics of grammars (phonology, lexicon, morphology, syntax) in terms of inter- and intra-linguistic variation, linguistic interference, grammatical hybridity in bilinguals with local languages?
  • When the bilingual speaker has more than one form available, what are the dimensions of variation and optionality that can be observed?
  • Does bilingualism with local languages entail the same cognitive benefits of bilingualism as traditionally understood?

Abstracts up to 2 pages (minimum 11pt, including references, examples, graphs or tables) must be written in English. Submissions are limited to a total of two abstracts, one individual and one joint. Presentations will last 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for discussion.
Anonymous abstracts should be sent by April 29th as pdf-files by e-mail to The object of the message must be: submission to LABiC22. The text of the message should include title, author(s) and affiliation.

  • Deadline for abstract submission: April 29, 2022

  • Notification of acceptance: June 1, 2022
  • Conference dates: September 12-13, 2022


Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies (DSLCC)
Ca' Bembo, Dorsoduro 1075, 30123 Venice - Italy