[lg policy] calls: Language Contact-Change-Maintenace and Loss
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Language Contact-Change-Maintenace and Loss
Full Title: Language Contact-Change-Maintenace and Loss
Date: 22-Jul-2011 - 23-Jul-2011
Location: London, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Kelechukwu Ihemere
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Language
Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2011
2nd University of Westminster Linguistics Conference on: Language
Contact-Change-Maintenance and Loss' (22-23 July, 2011).
Hosted by the Department of English Language, Linguistics and Cultural
Studies, University of Westminster London, United Kingdom.
Most present-day societies are multilingual, though multilingualism is
not always recognised by public institutions. Nation states often
include regional minorities that have their own language; quite often,
populations in border areas speak the language of the neighbouring
country. In ex-colonial states, a former colonial language often
continues to serve as the official state language while most people
use tribal or ethnic languages for everyday informal communication.
Most urban centres around the world have attracted large-scale
immigration from across the country or from overseas, giving rise to
urban linguistic minorities. Some countries have two or more national
languages, while others recognise regional or minority languages and
grant them limited official status. In most multilingual communities,
the languages tend to have distinct specialised functions. Quite
often, one language is used for informal communication within the
group, another for inter-ethnic communication, and sometimes yet
another language is used in the public domain - for education and
media and in correspondence and institutions. Multilingual societies
face the problem of maintaining an effective medium of communication
while safeguarding the linguistic and cultural heritage of the various
This conference will provide a forum for researchers and students
concerned with aspects of multilingualism to compare findings on and
exchange analyses of different settings, and in so doing contribute to
theory-building in the field.
Dr Kelechukwu Ihemere, University of Westminster, UK
Sharon Sinclair, University of Westminster, UK
Call for Papers:
Submission of abstracts:
Anonymous abstracts for 20-minute individual paper presentations are
invited. Each abstract, including the title and illustrative data
(wherever necessary), must not exceed 250 words, single-spaced and not
more than a single A4 page.
Abstracts (in PDF or MS Word document format) must be submitted as
email attachment to: Linguistics-Conferencehotmail.co.uk.
Please include the following information in the body of the email:
author's name, affiliation, email address, paper title.
Priority consideration will be given to papers that address the
substance of the conference theme and/or demonstrate the contribution
of the research/paper to linguistic theory and description.
The organisers will seek to publish an edited volume composed of
selected proceeds from the event.
Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2011
Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2011
Provisional program: 30 June 2011
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