27.5203, Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Morocco

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Subject: 27.5203, Calls: Anthropological Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Morocco

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Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:50:57
From: EL KIRAT Yamina [yelkirat at gmail.com]
Subject: African Linguistic Landscapes and Language Interaction in Traditional and Global Contexts

Full Title: African Linguistic Landscapes and Language Interaction in Traditional and Global Contexts 
Short Title: AL2LITGC 

Date: 17-May-2017 - 19-May-2017
Location: Rabat, Morocco 
Contact Person: Yamina El Kirat
Meeting Email: bigsasflshrconfrence2017 at gmail.com

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2017 

Meeting Description:

Linguistic pluralism is a key element of African pluralities. 
Multilingualism,  already present  in  pre-colonial  times,  has  considerably
 increased  due  to  a higher  amount  of language contact as part of
colonialism and modernization processes. Globally, Africa is the continent
with the largest linguistic diversity - one fifth of the world’s languages are
spoken in African countries. Highly complex linguistic landscapes are
characteristic for most African countries where individual bilingualism as
well as social multilingualism, often in diglossic form, are widespread.  

Linguistic diversity is not purely a phenomenon of modernity or globalization
but has a historical dimension. However, complexity is added through European
colonial contact and the establishment of European languages for various
functions in interaction with African languages.  As a result, highly dynamic
linguistic situations are constitutive for the overwhelming majority of
African nation states which emerged after colonial independence and which are
usually characterized by multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual  
communities.   Language   is without   doubt   one of the most important
systems of signification for individual expression as well as for the
formation of social identities within these communities. Feelings of belonging
are also deeply rooted in linguistic allegiances. Thus, also with regard to
language and communication, such communities  form  contact  zones  of 
continuous  exchange,  with  modes  of  interaction ranging from resistance
and rejection to parallelism, convergence,  accommodation  and acceptance,
etc. In order to investigate different processes of interaction, one can focus
on at least two perspectives:  1. the political and educative aspect of
language planning and politics and 2. the linguistic aspect of language
contact which embraces a structural and an interactional dimension. 

Venue: Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences- University Mohammed V in Rabat,
Morocco. May, 17-19,  2017  

Call for Papers:

BIGSAS, Bayreuth University, Germany
In Collaboration with 
The Research Laboratory  
“Culture, Language, Education, Migration and Society” 
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences –Mohammed V University in Rabat 
Organize an international conference on 
African linguistic landscapes and language interaction in traditional and
global contexts 

We invite researchers from various disciplines to send paper proposals on the
following topics  or all related issues
- How  do  languages  interact  in  complex  linguistic  settings  where  the 
power relations among languages are determined by the forces of globalization
and/or migration? 
- How    are    the    various    dynamics    of    language    contact    and
   change    (e.g. pidginization,  creolization,  development  of 
endonormative  varieties,  language shift, etc.) manifest in language
- How  are  recent  developments  in  language  discourse  reflected  in 
education  (e.g. language planning strategies) as well as in literature,
music, theatre and film?

Abstracts (ca. 200 words) should be sent no later than January 31, 2017 to: 

bigsasflshrconfrence2017 at gmail.com

Important Dates:

Submission of abstract: January 31, 2017 
Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2017
Paper Submission deadline: April 15, 2017


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