Thursday, September 19 Friday, September 20 Saturday, September 21







All presentations will

take place at the National

Museum of Iceland.

Chair: Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir9:00-9:30 Merete Anderssen and Marit Westergaard

Complexity, Frequency and Structural Similarity in Bilingual Norwegian-English Acquisition and Attrition

9:30-10:00 Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir and Elma Óladóttir

Icelandic as a Heritage Language : Some Thoughts About  V2 and Incomplete Acquisition


Introduction: Mike Putnam


Keynote: Maria Polinsky

Learning from Heritage Languages

10-10:30 Coffee 10-10:30  Coffee
Chair: Ásta Svavarsdóttir 

10:30-11:00 Janne Bondi Johannessen and Ida Larsson

Nominal Agreement in Heritage Scandinavian


11:00-11:30 Jóhannes Gísli Jónsson

Preserving Innovative Forms: Strong Masculine –ia stems in North American Icelandic


11:30-12:00 Mike Putnam and John Lipski

Subjects in Misionero (Argentina) Heritage German: Null Arguments, Unaccusativity, and Post-verbal Subjects

12:00-12:30  Mari Nygård and Tor Åfarli

Gender Assignment in American Norwegian

Chair: Mike Putnam 

10:30-11:00 Matthew Whelpton

A Semantic Elicitation Experiment on North American Icelandic

11:00-11:30 Margrét Lára Höskuldsdóttir, Katrín Víðisdóttir and Gísli Valgeirsson

The Preservation and Change of Some Phonological Variants in North American Icelandic

11:30-12:00 Christine Evans, Samantha Litty and Joe Salmons

Dialecticity over Time: Register Compression in Wisconsin Heritage German

12:00-12:30 Closing

13:00-13:30 Registration13:30-14:00 Welcome 12:30-14:00 Lunch
Chair: Joe Salmons 

14:00-14:30 Arnstein Hjelde

English Influence on the American-Norwegian Vocabulary


14:30-15:00 Ásta Svavarsdóttir

Lexical Interference in Different Contact Situations. A Comparison of Icelandic Across the North Atlantic Ocean

15:00-15:30 Jaap van Marle



15:30-16:00 Mark Louden

The Economy of Lexical Borrowing: The English „Infusion“ in Pennsylvania Dutch

Chair: Janne Bondi Johannessen 

14:00-14:30 Kristin Melum Eide and Arnstein Hjelde

Features Affecting Topicalization: Norwegian Varieties in the American Midwest

14:30-15:00 Richard Page and Mike Putnam

The Grammaticalization of the ´Kriege´-Passive in Pennsylvania German


15:00-15:30 Margo Blevins

Progressive Aspect in Texas German

15:30-16:00 Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir

Changes in the Aspectual System and North American Icelandic


14:00  Excursion

The bus will pick up participants from The National Museum at 14:00 on Saturday. Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir will be the guide.

16:00-16:30  Coffee 16:00-16:30 Coffee
Chair: Höskuldur Þráinsson 

16:30-17:00 Doris Stolberg

Experiencer Constructions in Pennsylvania German: A Diachronic Perspective

17:00-17:30 Sigríður Björnsdóttir

Case Assignment by Verbs in North American Icelandic


17:30-18:00 Íris Edda Nowenstein

North American Icelandic and Intra Speaker Variation in Subject Case

Chair: Kristín M. Jóhannsdóttir 

16:30-17:00 Karoline Kühl

Structure Amidst Chaos? Danish in the USA or America Danish

17:00-17:30 Angela Falk

Swedish-American Pioneer Recollections and Stories in the Smoky Valley


17:30-18:00 Höskuldur Þráinsson

North American Icelandic: Some Elicitation Techniques

19:00 Dinner at restaurant Icelandic Fish and Chips,, Tryggvagötu 8, 101 Reykjavík