[lg policy] call: Mutual Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages in a Multilingual Europe - Empirical and Didactic Approaches

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 12 16:49:41 UTC 2012

Mutual Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages in a Multilingual
Europe - Empirical and Didactic Approaches

Date: 22-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Anja Schüppert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

In 2007 the High Level Group on Multilingualism (HLGM) published a
report, which noted a lack of knowledge about the possibilities for
communicating in Europe through receptive multilingualism. Receptive
multilingualism utilizes the fact that many people can understand
closely related languages while speaking their own language. For
example, in the Mainland Scandinavian or Czech/Slovak language areas,
people traditionally communicate across language borders each using
their mother tongue, while still (to a certain degree) understanding
the other, closely related language. However, at least some training
is usually necessary for communication to succeed in such situations,
which means that communication can be enhanced by didactic tools
building on the close linguistic relations.

The EuroCom projects were designed to offer such a tool for a fast
acquisition of reading abilities in closely related languages
(EuroComRom for Romance languages, EuroComGerm for Germanic languages,
and EuroComSlav for Slavonic languages). While the didactic branch of
studies focuses on developing methods and tools for the passive
acquisition of closely related languages, the empirical branch elicits
mutual intelligibility of these languages, mostly ignoring these
didactic tools and their possible impact on intelligibility.

Plenary Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Britta Hufeisen (Technische Universität Darmstadt)


Sebastian Kürschner, Charlotte Gooskens and Anja Schüppert

Call for Papers:

We feel the urgent need to bring together researchers working on
didactic tools and researchers investigating mutual intelligibility of
closely related languages empirically, as both branches can greatly
benefit from each other's methods and results. This workshop aims at
providing a forum for both groups of researchers. We therefore invite
papers on the topic both from the empirical and from the didactic
perspective. Although we will mainly be concerned with Europe, we also
invite papers from other geographic areas relevant to the topic, e.g.
Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send your abstract of no
more than 500 words (incl. references) using the Submission tool of
the Sociolinguistics Symposium:


The submission deadline is January 31, 2012. All abstracts will be
reviewed anonymously.


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