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LINGUIST List 22.23

Tue Jan 04 2011

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Amy Brunett <brunettlinguistlist.org>

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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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Full Title: Languages of the Wider World

Date: 07-Apr-2011 - 08-Apr-2011
Location: Leeuwarden, Friesland, Netherlands
Contact Person: Cor van der Meer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.mercator-research.eu/conferences/2011-april-07-08

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-Jan-2011

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 labeled 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.

Call for Papers:

Proposals are invited for papers in any area of the resilience and shift of regional and minority languages, and those under the following themes would be particularly welcome:

(i) Language resilience and shift outside formal educational contexts
(ii) Multilingual and Multicultural education
(iii) The role of new technologies and innovation including social media
(iv) Social benefits & costs of linguistic diversity
(v) Cultural aspects of language maintenance and shift

To submit a proposal, please write an abstract of no more than 250 words, indicating the appropriate theme from above, and send it to mercatorfryske-akademy.nl by 10th January, 2011 at the latest. Responses from the conference organisers will be sent by email by 24th January, 2011. Abstracts will be published in a proceedings report. Please note that the working language of the conference will be English and, unfortunately we are not able to provide interpreting facilities.

Conference Scientific Committee:

George Alao, Maître de Conférences - Yoruba - & Director, Africa Department, Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris, France
Sarah Cartwright, CILT (The National Centre for Languages), UK
Richard Clément, Professor, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, University of Ottawa, Canada
Sabine Ehrhart, Professor of Ethnolinguistics, University of Luxembourg
René Jorna, Head of Social Science Department (inc Mercator) Fryske Akademy &
Professor of Knowledge Management and Cognition, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Jacomine Nortier, Associate Professor, Institute of Dutch Language and Culture, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Alex Riemersma, Researcher, Mercator Research Centre, Fryske Akademy & Lecturer Frisian and Multilingualism, NHL and Stenden University, The Netherlands
Itesh Sachdev, Director SOAS-UCL LWW-CETL & Professor of Language & Communication, SOAS, University of London, UK, (Conference Co-Chair)
Reinier Salverda, Director, Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands, & Professor, Dutch Language and Literature, University College London, UK.
Cor van der Meer, Project Coordinator, Mercator Research Centre, Fryske Akademy, The Netherlands (Conference Co-Chair)

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