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LINGUIST List 21.5238

Thu Dec 23 2010

Confs: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Netherlands

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        1.     Adrie Kaspers , Languages of the Wider World

Message 1: Languages of the Wider World
Date: 22-Dec-2010
From: Adrie Kaspers <mercatorfryske-akademy.nl>
Subject: Languages of the Wider World
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Languages of the Wider World

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 08-Apr-2011
Location: Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
Contact: Cor van der Meer
Contact Email: mercatorfryske-akademy.nl
Meeting URL: http://www.mercator-research.eu/conferences/2011-april-07-

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

'Languages of the Wider World': Understanding Resilience and Shift in
Regional and Minority languages

This is the second international conference organised jointly by the
Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language
Learning of the Fryske Akademy (The Netherlands, www.mercator-
research.eu) and the SOAS-UCL Centre for Excellence in Teaching and
Learning 'Languages of the Wider World' (LWW CETL) (UK, www.lww-
cetl.ac.uk). The conference will take place in the charming city of
Leeuwarden, the capital of the bilingual province Fryslân (Netherlands).
The venue is the 'Aljemint', conference centre of the Fryske Akademy. All
people have the right to learn and use their mother-tongue, and to learn a
second and third language. This formal right is often absent and its use in
practice is often less well guaranteed and less developed than should be
the case, especially for speakers of smaller or lesser used languages
variously labelled as 'regional', 'minority', 'immigrant', 'community' (including
sign languages), 'heritage' languages, etc. The conference will focus on
theoretical and empirical work in research, teaching and learning of such
languages worldwide.

The conference will combine the fields of interest of the partner institutions.
The focus of Mercator and the Fryske Akademy is on language learning
and transmission of Regional and Minority Languages and smaller state
languages in Europe. The SOAS-UCL LWW CETL focuses on languages of
Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the
Netherlands - referred to as 'languages of the wider world'. This conference
will bring together researchers and practitioners from these various fields to
define, analyse and explore new directions and paradigms in understanding
resilience and shift of regional and minority languages. We warmly invite not
only researchers and students, but also policy makers, practitioners and
interested others to the conference that aims to provide opportunities for
discussion, further research and future collaborations.

Keynote Speakers:
-Richard Bourhis, Professor of Social Psychology, Université du Québec à
Montréal, Canada
-Ofelia Garcia, Professor of Urban Education, The City University of New
York, USA
-Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director, The European Centre for Modern
Languages, Graz, Austria
-Ann Pauwels, Professor of Sociolinguistics, SOAS, University of London,
-Miquel Strubell, Executive Secretary, Linguamón & director U.O.C. Chair in
Multilingualism, Barcelona, Spain
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