The Linguistic Consequences of Digital Language Contact

The rise of English in the Icelandic language community in times of the digital revolution and globalization inevitably affects the quantity as well as the quality of Icelandic language input. The workshop discusses results of an ongoing research project, Modeling the Linguistic Consequences of Digital Language Contact, focusing on the amount of English and Icelandic input across different age groups, speakers’ attutudes towards the two languages, new technology and its impact on the language and how this novel type of intense encounters with English can lead to language change.



  • Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir & Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson: Modeling the linguistic consequences of digital language contact
  • Lilja Björk Stefánsdóttir & Anton Karl Ingason: Cultural Motivation in a Digital Language Contact Scenario
  • Tinna Frímann Jökulsdóttir & Anton Karl Ingason: “I didn’t understand that. Please try again.” The effects of virtual assistants on Icelandic.
  • Elín Þórsdóttir & Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir: Can increased amounts of English in the Icelandic speech community affect ongoing syntactic changes in Icelandic?
  • Dagbjört Guðmundsdóttir & Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson: Digital input – effects on Icelandic
  • Iris Edda Nowenstein & Þorbjörg Þorvaldsdóttir: Indirect language contact effects: Change through input reduction


Kontaktpersoner: Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson (, Sigríður Sigurjónsdóttir (, Einar Freyr Sigurðsson (