International Summer School - Language and Space, 4–9 September 2016, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Publish Date: Apr 15, 2016

Deadline: Jun 30, 2016

Event Dates: from Sep 04, 2016 12:00 to Sep 09, 2016 12:00

About the Summer School

Communication is inherently linked to physical and social space both in the sense of language areas (dialects and language contact situations) and in the sense of everyday interactions (interaction spaces). By choosing a particular language or regional variety, we identify with and/or distinguish ourselves from others. Modeling these choices is far from being a straight-forward process, and the nature of spatial limits to dialects and languages or the mapping of linguistic data to the actual landscape are still not sufficiently understood. In addition, defining interactional spaces poses a challenge to linguistic research at the micro-level of face-to-face communication, with its complex interplay involving perceptions, movements, and actions.

Seven leading experts in the area of language and space will present and discuss their recent research findings in these fields. Students will also have a chance to present their own research projects if they wish.


  • Naomi Baron, American University, Washington, DC
    When space is virtual: Redefining reading and memory
  • Ellen Brandner, University of Konstanz
    Varying areal patterns of syntactic variation
  • Curdin Derungs and Robert Weibel, University of Zurich
    Spatial analysis and visualization of linguistic data
  • Andreas H. Jucker, University of Zurich
    Interactional architecture, space and virtual worlds
  • Crispin Thurlow, University of Berne
    Non-places, empty spaces and the anti-communicational ethos of elite mobility
  • Peter Trudgill, University of Agder
    The spatial diffusion of English as a mother tongue


The Summer School will start in the late afternoon on Sunday, September 4, 2016. There will be three two-hour sessions each day on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday there will be two sessions and an excursion in the afternoon. On Friday, September 9, 2016, the Summer School will end with a last session and a closing event. Monday and Tuesday evenings will be reserved for (optional) presentations of work in progress by participants (Format: Pecha Kucha).


If you want to apply, please send CV, a letter of motivation and a brief abstract of your current research project (no more than 500 words each) in one pdf file to

Travel information

Kloster Kappel can be reached by train in less than an hour from the airport in Zurich. At the airport take the train to Zurich, where you have to change to a train to Baar, then by post van (Bus N° 280 - Hausen am Albis ) in 10 minutes to Kappel am Albis (5 km). The bus stop “Kappel am Albis” is in front of Kloster Kappel (about a 2 minute walk).

The easiest connections leave the airport 13 minutes after every hour, e.g. as follows (check for details and further connections):

14:13 Zurich airport (from track 3; train heading for Zürich, Bern, Geneve)
14:23 Zurich HB (=main station)
14:35 Zurich HB (from track 5; train heading for Luzern)
14:56 Baar
15:00 Baar (Bus 280 heading for Hausen am Albis, Post)
15:09 Kappel am Albis, Kloster


The course is restricted to 32 participants. Final deadline for applications: June 30, 2016. Applications will be considered until the course is fully booked.


  • Regular: 650 CHF (ca € 600; $ 650)
  • UZH students: 400 CHF
  • Discount: 400 CHF (available on application for participants from countries with currency problems)

Cost includes

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day (starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with breakfast on Friday)
  • Tuition
  • Excursion


If you have any questions, please contact: Raffaela Zaugg,

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