[lg policy] calls: Perspectives on Language Standardization

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 19 15:45:46 UTC 2010

Perspectives on Language Standardization

Perspectives on Language Standardization

Date: 26-Mar-2010 - 27-Mar-2010
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contact: Paola Vanzo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.trace.org/events/events_lecture_series_R006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Language standardization is often looked to by language communities as
a means for language maintenance and strengthening cultural integrity,
yet it may also contribute to varying degrees of linguistic
discrimination and social conflict. In the case of Tibetan language,
which has a diversity of spoken dialects, as well as a standard
written language, new challenges and opportunities presented by
urbanization, economic development, resettlement, and other factors
present strong incentives to switch to other dominant languages in
everyday usage. Thus many Tibetans support the idea of promoting a
standardized Tibetan, but disagree as to what should be the basis for
the standard.

In this lecture event, we will bring together scholars who have worked
extensively on language standardization issues for Kurdish, Hungarian,
Tibeto-Burman languages, and the three major dialects of Tibetan to
examine questions such as: What should be the role of a standard
language? What are its pros and cons? What are the experiences of
other language communities in implementing standardization? We hope to
understand these topics for minority languages in the world in
general, the Tibetan language in China in particular, and what
practical steps can be taken.


David Bradley, (Closing Keynote Speaker) Associate Professor and
Reader in Linguistics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Miklós Kontra, (Opening Keynote Speaker) Professor and Head,
Department of English Language Teacher Education and Applied
Linguistics, University of Szeged, Hungary

Marielle Prins (Moderator), Independent scholar in linguistics

Jaffer Sheyholislami, Assistant Professor, School of Linguistics and
Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada

More speakers from Kham, Amdo and Central Tibet to be announced.



Check in & Registration
5:30 - 6:00 pm

Opening Keynote Lecture, Q&A
6:00 - 7:00 pm

7:00 - 8:00 pm


Check-in & Breakfast Reception
9:30 pm - 10:00 am

Morning Session
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch Break
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session & Closing Keynote Lecture
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To register, please visit our website (www.trace.org). You may also
call or email us with your name, contact email, telephone,
affiliation, and mailing address. Contact: eventstrace.org or


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