First International Conference

Institute of Linguistics RAS, Moscow, Russia; April 9-10, 2018

Photo gallery

Photo gallery

Book of abstracts

Book of abstracts


Programme of the Conference

List of talks

List of accepted talks

Conference venue

Institute of linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
1 bld. 1 Bolshoi Kislovsky lane, 125009 Moscow, Russian Federation


There has been a steady growth of population in urban centres across the globe. The processes of urbanization have been hastened due to the cities’ rapid technological advancement, broader range of financial and educational opportunities, and better health care services among many other factors. According to the United Nations’ Population Division (UN, 2014), approximately 54% of the world’s population lived in cities in 2014, and it is estimated that this figure will increase to 66% by mid 21st century. One of the consequences of urbanization is linguistic and ethnocultural diversity. A remarkable increase in the number of languages spoken in urban contexts as well as the fact that people belonging to different ethnic, cultural, religious backgrounds come in contact with each other on a regular basis have contributed considerably to the formation of a multilingual and multicultural nature of the 21st century city.
The international conference “Urban Linguistic Diversity” aims to bring scholars working in different fields of linguistics together to discuss topics related to the investigation of language in urban contexts. We invite papers linked to the overarching conference theme with special emphasis on metropolitan cities, including, but not limited to, urban sociolinguistics, geographical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, psycholinguistics, multilingual education, multilingual societies/communities, linguistic aspects of migration processes.

  • Multilingual/global city
  • Language and migration
  • Language policy and planning
  • Language and identity
  • Language contacts
  • Linguistic landscape
  • Language, education and diversity
  • Heritage language maintenance
  • Ethnolects
  • Mixed languages

The conference will be held in English and in Russian. The conference is organized by a research group working on a project “Languages of Moscow” at the Institute of Linguistics RAS, supported by the RFBR research foundation, project #16-04-00474.

Keynote speakers

  • Dick Smakman (Leiden University), the Netherlands
  • Vladimir I. Belikov (Lomonosov Moscow State University and Russian State University for the Humanities), Russia
  • Yaron Matras (University of Manchester), UK

Important dates

January 15, 2018 – Deadline for abstract submission
January 30, 2018 – Notifications of acceptance / non-acceptance
February 15, 2018 – Confirmation of participation
April 9-10, 2018 – Conference at the Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow
May 11, 2018 – Submission of the proceedings of the conference

Organizing committee

  • Julia Mazurova (Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow)
  • Yuri Koryakov (Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow)
  • Olga Romanova (Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow)
  • Marina Raskladkina (Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow)
  • Denis Zubalov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
  • Mira Bergelson (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Scientific committee

  • Andrej Kibrik (Institute of Linguistics, RAS, Moscow)
  • Denis Zubalov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
  • Vlada Baranova (Higher School of Economics, Institute for Linguistic Studies, Saint Petersburg)
  • Olga Sinyova (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

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Call for papers

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