27.5095, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Subject: 27.5095, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:00:05
From: Benjamin Meisnitzer [bmeisnit at uni-mainz.de]
Subject: 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and Their Non-Dominant Varieties: Models of Pluricentricity: Nation, Space and Language

 
Full Title: 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and Their Non-Dominant Varieties: Models of Pluricentricity: Nation, Space and Language 
Short Title: 5th WCPCL 

Date: 13-Jul-2017 - 15-Jul-2017
Location: Mainz, Germany 
Contact Person: Benjamin Meisnitzer
Meeting Email: bmeisnit at uni-mainz.de, rudolf.muhr at uni-graz.at
Web Site: http://www.ndv-conf.org 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 

Meeting Description:

The WGNDV focuses on the promotion of the theory of plc. languages by its
worldwide perspective and on varieties that are small by the number of their
speakers and their symbolic power, and are not the primary norm-setting
centres of the language.

The conference is - as the four previous ones - devoted to the description of
pluricentric languages (plc) and in particular of non-dominant national
varieties of plc. languages and continues its work set up by the concepts
outlined in Kloss (1951/1978) and in particular by Clyne (1992). This time the
conference will try to focus on the influence of geographic aspects on the
modelling of dominant and non-dominant varieties to further advance the
understanding of whether geographically contiguous varieties follow the same
pathways in their affirmation as own varieties as do geographically separated
ones (e.g. European and Brazilian Portuguese). The main objectives of this
conference are:

1. To discuss different theoretical approaches and models for the description
of plc. languages, especially in regard to languages with contiguous language
areas (Albanian, French, German, Spanish, Russian etc.). Different models are
propagated at the moment and need consideration in respect to their validity.
2. In addition to the aspects outlined in (1) we want to deepen the theory of
plc. languages and the methods for the description of nd-varieties in
particular. 
3. To get more information about the situation of as many pluricentric
languages and non-dominant-varieties in order to get empirically secure
descriptions of effects of non-dominance.
4. To get exhaustive reports of the situation of as many plc. languages and
nd-varieties around the world as possible and in particular of lesser known
and researched plc. languages and nd-varieties.
5. The treatment of linguistic variation in plc. languages in language
technology (speech recognition and speech synthesis)


Call for Papers:

http://www.pluricentriclanguages.org/ndv-conf-mainz-2017/

Objectives of the 5th conference:

1. To discuss different theoretical approaches and models for the description
of plc. languages, especially in regard to languages with contiguous language
areas (Albanian, French, German, Spanish, Russian etc.). Different models are
propagated at the moment and need consideration in respect to their validity:
- Models that are based on the notion of state languages and thus considering
each nation as a linguistic centre of its own emphasizing the identity aspect
that is connected to national varieties. (The sociolinguistically-oriented
standard model.)
- Models that mostly downgrade national varieties to geographical variation.
(The pluriareal model.)
- Models that are language centred and primarily focused on linguistic
differences of the so called “standard language” excluding all other varieties
within the NV and all aspects of identity connected with linguistic
differences. (The linguistically-oriented model.)
- Models that deal with “nativised varieties” of plc. languages in
multilingual societies in Africa and Asia and where it seems appropriate to
discuss whether these are still to be considered “English”, “French” etc. (The
multilingual-nativisation model)
- Models that try to cope with multiple pluricentricity as it is the case in
Hindi, Urdu and Chinese (and may be in other languages too) that serve as
“Dachsprache” (‘roof language’). (The roof-language model)
- Contested pluricentricity in new” plc. languages where the dominant variety
rejects the idea of pluricentricity and insists on a unified standard language
or where there are varieties that still lack a broadly accepted standard due
to the competition of several centres (Catalan). (The
contested-pluricentricity-model)

2. In addition to the aspects outlined in (1) we want to deepen the theory of
plc. languages and the methods for the description of nd-varieties:
- Migrant varieties creating new types of pluricentricity;
- Second level forms of pluricentricity within national varieties and their
theoretical treatment;
- Strategies for coping with language shift caused by electronic media and
satellite TV spreading dominant norms to non-dominant varieties;
- Treatment of linguistic and pragmatic features of nd-varieties in education
in primary and secondary schools;
- Principles of codification in diglossic language communities of plc.
languages, esp. the treatment of divergent linguistic forms that are common in
everyday communication
- The usage of endonormative codification strategies and their impact on the
development of varieties and languages;
- Measures of status planning and corpus planning etc. etc. 

3. To get more information about the situation of as many pluricentric
languages and non-dominant-varieties possible in order to get empirically
secure descriptions of effects of non-dominance.
- on the identity of their speakers and the identity of their language
communities,, 
- on the treatment of norms in written and spoken language
- on the principles of codification and their spread to younger generations
- on methods in speech technology and language-technology, how linguistic
variation between and within national varieties and nd-varieties in particular
can be treated and modelled.

4. To get exhaustive reports of the situation of as many plc. languages and
nd-varieties around the world as possible and in particular of lesser known
and researched plc. languages and nd-varieties:

5. The treatment of linguistic variation in plc. languages in language
technology (speech recognition and speech synthesis)

Time frame / Contents of papers:

Papers (25 mins. + 5 mins. discussion) should address one or more of the above
mentioned objectives of the conference as mentioned above.

Time frame/Contents of workshops:

Workshops (90 minutes long) should concern specific languages and their
various non-dominant varieties, and particular methodological problems in the
description of non-dominant varieties.

- All scholars working in this field are invited to submit proposals for
papers/workshops by 28 February 2017
- Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2017

Abstracts:

- All abstracts should be written in English and sent to
ndv-conf at pluricentriclanguages.org as an email-attachment in Word or PDF
format.
- Abstracts for 25-minutes papers should not exceed 3000 characters (1 page
A4) including 4 keywords.
- Abstracts for 90-minutes workshops should not exceed 5000 characters (1 1/2
page A4) including 4-8 keywords. Workshop organizers should outline the
overall structure of the workshop and provide names of the participants.

For further details see the call at the web site:
http://www.pluricentriclanguages.org/ndv-conf-mainz-2017/?id=2




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