Amrum 2020 - 14th Summer School in Historical Sociolinguistics

12-19 July 2020

Ban Horn, Amrum (Germany)

Registration here.

The summer school will take place in a youth hostel in the very north of the Frisian island of Amrum, in the very far North-West of Germany. The youth hostel is surrounded by dunes (check their website for pictures), with 100 metres to the beach and 1km to the nearest shops and cafes. Amrum is well-known to tourists, so there is plenty to do for those who wish to take a break from reading.

The standard of accommodation will be basic but perfectly acceptable. You will be sharing your bedroom with one or two other students, depending on the size of the room. Three meals a day are included in the price.

There will be six hours (3 x 2 hours) of teaching every day (4 in the morning, 2 in the early evening, with afternoons free for beach-time or reading pleasure). On the Wednesday there will be a full day excursion to the island of Föhr.

The price of EUR 500 includes accommodation, full board, transport from and to Dagebüll (the mainland) to Amrum, the teaching programme and costs associated with the excursion.

If you register and pay by May 31st, we offer an early-bird discount rate of EUR 400. To register, please send the following details to


  • Sheila Watts (Cambridge): Defining Linguistic Difference: Middle Low German and Middle Dutch.
  • Joseph Salmons (UW Madison): Historical enregisterment of emerging varieties.
  • Monica Macaulay (UW Madison): 125 years of variation and change in Menominee, a native language of Wisconsin.
  • Peadar O Muircheartaigh (Aberystwyth): The sociolinguistics of Medieval Irish.
  • Silvia dal Negro (Bozen/Bolzano): Language change in demographically reduced languages: the example of Walser German.
  • Lieselotte Anderwald (Kiel): Historical Enregisterment: Tracing how widespread features of English became "non-standard" through American English newspaper discourses.
  • James Hawkey (Bristol): From past to present: Using historical language ideologies to explain current variation in Northern Catalan.

Registration here.