Calls: 12th International Conference on Minority Languages

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12th International Conference on Minority Languages
Short Title: ICML XII

Date: 28-May-2009 - 30-May-2009
Location: Tartu, Estonia
Contact Person: Mari Mets
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Oct-2008

Meeting Description:

The University of Tartu and partners are pleased to announce the 12th
International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XII) which will be held
Tartu, Estonia, 28-30 May 2009.

Conference Theme:
Language revitalization and new technologies
The ICML conference in Tartu will focus on the study of autochthonous
communities and their language use. New perspectives have emerged for the
revitalization of lesser-used languages due to modern technological
However, new educational and communicational technologies and tools have not

been fully applied in the development of minority communities and their
languages. This conference will provide an academic opportunity to discuss
barriers need to be overcome, myths to be broken, processes to be followed
changes to be undertaken.

Background and Goals:
Given their colonial past and often-shifted state borders, but also today's
multimodal media and fluid identities, scholarly attention to autochthonous
languages always confronts a number of problems.
What are the consequences of standardization?
How are the issues of language ownership reflected in schooling?
Do multiple identities and languages visualized into landscapes add to
linguistic diversity?
What is the role of primary socialization in language maintenance?
Does the way researchers or planners name languages decide their very
Have minority communities and their languages benefited from the World Wide

ICML XII aims to search for answers to these questions and to reconsider
theoretical orthodoxies. Furthermore, we hope to hear from the experience of

such communities who have taken advantage of technological innovations.

Call for Papers

Main themes for paper and poster presentations:
- Notions: autochthonous language, minority and/or regional language (RML).
- Revitalization and maintenance of RML: case studies of actual practice.
- New technologies and methods for revitalization and maintenance of RML.
- Language policies and language planning concerning autochthonous
- Language acquisition and education in RML: home, pre-school, school.
Experiences of bilingual education. New technologies and methods.
- Literature, theatre and music as tools for language revitalization and
- Any topic concerning autochthonous RML's in the Baltic region.
- Contact-induced change in minority languages.

Proposals regarding original and previously unpublished research on minority

languages are invited in three formats: colloquia, individual papers and
posters. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme.

Proposals for colloquia:
Colloquia are collections of paper presentations that relate to a narrowly
defined topic of interest, and are offered in a three-hour time block.
for colloquia are limited to 700 words, and should include brief summaries
each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles and individual
authors' names. Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers
judge the scientific merit of the proposal. The person submitting a proposal
a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of
participants before the proposal is submitted. A chair for the session must
be identified. Although the proposals should be submitted in English, the
language of the colloquia may be chosen freely.

The submission deadline for proposals for colloquia is October 1, 2008.
Submissions should be sent to

Proposals for individual papers or posters:
Please submit by e-mail a one-page (500-word) abstract of your paper or
including your name, affiliation, address, phone and e-mail address at the
of your abstract. The abstract should include enough detail to allow
to judge the scientific merits of the proposal. All abstracts will be
anonymously by the members of the Scientific Committee of ICML XII. We
ask you to attach to your abstract a short presentation of your professional

activities (in third person singular form) in maximally 150 words.
We will accept for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of one first
authored paper/poster and (b) a maximum of two papers/posters in any

At the time of submission you will be asked whether you would like your
to be considered for a poster, a paper or both. Oral papers will be allotted
minutes, allowing 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.
Posters will be on display for a full day with two attended sessions during
day. The official language of the conference is English.

The submission deadline for proposals for individual papers and posters is
November 1, 2008. Submissions should be sent to
Acknowledgment of receipt of the abstract will be sent by e-mail as soon as
possible after the receipt. You will receive notification of acceptance no
than December 20, 2008.

Plenary speakers:
Uldis Ozolins (La Trobe University)
Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan)
Anna Verschik (Tallinn University)
Richard Villems (Estonian Academy of Sciences)

Location of the conference:
This conference will be the first ICML conference to be held in the region.
historical towns of Tartu and Võru are located in the South-East of Estonia.

Tartu is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub of Estonia,
especially since it is home to the oldest and most renowned university in
Estonia. Võru is the capital of Võru County and the centre of the historical

Võru Parish. Both these towns are known as the centres where the South
literary language was used from the 17th to the early 20th century. Today,
South Estonian Võro language is mainly spoken only in the areas of the
historical Võru Parish.

Organizer Institutions:
University of Tartu (
Võro Institute (
Tallinn University (
Institute of the Estonian Language (
Estonian Bureau of Lesser Used Languages (
Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (

Organizing Committee:
Reili Argus - Tallinn University
Andres Heinapuu - Estonian Bureau of Lesser Used Languages
Kadri Koreinik - Võro Institute
Mari Mets - University of Tartu
Sven-Erik Soosaar - Institute of the Estonian Language
Tõnu Tender - Estonian Ministry of Education and Research
Ilona Tragel - University of Tartu
Virve-Anneli Vihman - University of Tartu

Further Information:
Further details regarding ICML XII will be available on the conference
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