[Linganth] CfP: workshop on 'Intergenerational multilingualism' 2-6 July 2018, Cape Town

Ruth Singer ruth.singer at gmail.com
Thu Jul 20 19:40:16 EDT 2017

Dear list-readers,

I am co-organising a workshop on 'intergenerational multilingualism' at the
International Congress of Linguistics conference next year with Judith
Purkarthofer (Oslo). Please consider submitting an abstract! We would love
to have presenters who work in a wide range of contexts,

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 31st August

To submit an abstract see:
 ID :                 9*Workshop Title :*            Intergenerational
multilingualism: negotiating language policies and *practices across
generations **Workshop Leader :*        Judith Purkarthofer, University of

Research in multilingual contexts often has a strong focus on one
generation while others are treated as  'background'. Looking at
multilingual families, the focus may be on the children, while their
parents are interviewed more for background information - or vice versa. In
educational contexts, teachers' attitudes might be in the spotlight, while
children are mainly talked about. Research on small or endangered languages
is often centered on designated 'Elders' to the exclusion of younger
community members. In all these contexts, we look at multilingualism and
lived language experience through a specific lens that might be called
generational. Biographical research (Rosenthal 2009), but also research on
language maintenance (Hinton 2013), haveshown how important
intergenerational relations are for the construction of narratives on
language use and for the transmission of languages. At the same time,
research centres on different continents are putting a stronger emphasis on
the lifespan perspective and thus generational relations emerge more as a
center of attention.

The main part of this workshop brings together research that looks at
different generations, ideally giving them fairly equal consideration.
These could be parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, or
even interactions across generations outside of the family context. We
consider 'intergenerational multilingualism' to include language practices
and policies that affect and are negotiated by members of at least two
different generations.

The key questions for the workshop are:

·       Which forms of multilingualism do we find across generations?

·       How do members of different generations relate to each other's
language use and ideologies?

·       How do the different generations respond to changes in societal
conditions for multilingualism?

We welcome contributions with a focus on intergenerational multilingualism,
both in indigenous and minority contexts and in contexts of diaspora and
migration. Examples might include but are of course not limited to:

·       schooling practices and children with multilingual repertoires

·       family language policies where grandparents are primary caregivers

·       traditionally multilingual rural areas where three to four
generations are negotiating changes in local language use

We also welcome methodologically-oriented discussions of how research
methods might be adapted to different age groups. Or more specifically, how
to make use of multilingual resources in these methodologies. The role of
the researcher, who is also situated along the generational continuum, will
be treated as well.

Dr Ruth Singer
DECRA Postdoctoral Fellow
Linguistics Program / Research Unit for Indigenous Language
School of Languages and Linguistics
Faculty of Arts
University of Melbourne 3010
Tel. +61 3 90353774
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