[lg policy] calls: Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 6 14:22:51 UTC 2011

Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity

Date: 30-Sep-2011 - 01-Oct-2011
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Contact Person: Oriol Ampuero i Gonzàlvez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.mercator-network.eu/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 10-May-2011

Meeting Description:

The 2011 conference aims at providing researchers, civil society
representatives, policy makers and stakeholders with an understanding
of new developments and trends in language legislation –either from a
top-down approach or a bottom-up approach– considering recent events
and presentneeds. It must be borne in mind that the European Charter
for Regional and Minority Languages will soon be 20 years since it was
opened for signature, and that 2011 will mark, too, the 15th
anniversary of non-official instruments such as the Universal
Declaration of Linguistic Rights. Furthermore, 2007 witnessed the
adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the
UN. The list of charters and treaties about linguistic protection is
however not limited to the ones mentioned here.

With this context in mind, the conference will examine to what extent
it is possible to sustain, promote and develop linguistic diversity
and multilingualism, both for minorised and minority languages and for
languages of newcomers to Europe.

Call for Papers:

For this conference, scholars, university students, practitioners,
policy makers, language lobbyists and grassroots organizations working
and/or researching on language and legislation are sought and welcome.

Relevant topics include (but are not limited to):

1. Legislation of minorised and minority languages. New developments
and trends in language legislation
2. Language ideologies, discourses and politics in the European Union.
What kind of multilingualism, both for member states and a united
3. The European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages
i) The ECRML's régime in theory and practice
ii) National, regional and transnational perspectives
4. New language policies in relation to devolution of powers' processes
5. Minority language communities within regions with legislative powers
6. Roma communities and their language
7. Sign language planning and policies
i) The link between sign language and identity
8. Grassroots language planning. The influence of language
mobilisation in language planning
9. Language, migration and social cohesion
i) Language maintenance and immigration
ii) Minority and minorised immigrant languages

This call for papers invites two types of proposals:

Individual papers. These presentations will address current research
related to the main topics mentioned above and should be 30 minutes in
length with additional time allocated for questions and discussion.
Please send an abstract of 500 words.

Case studies. These sessions are aimed at practitioners (both
professionals and academic) and grassroots organizations that wish to
illustrate with examples the main topics mentioned above. They should
be 15 minutes in length. There will be additional time allocated for
questions and discussions after each session of 4 case studies. Please
send an abstract of 300 words.

Please include the following details with your submission:

Full name and title, academic or professional affiliation, e-mail
address, title of the presentation and specific requirements for

The conference languages are Catalan and English, but abstracts can be
received also in Welsh, Frisian, Swedish, Spanish, Finnish, Hungarian,
Dutch, Italian, Occitan and French.

All abstracts and descriptions should be sent to: mercatorciemen.cat
by May 10th, 2011. Notification will be given by 24th May 2011. Full
papers should be sent by July 8th, 2011.


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