[lg policy] call: Indigenous and Migrant Minority Languages in Changing Multilingual Environments

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 14 15:18:07 UTC 2012

Indigenous and Migrant Minority Languages in Changing Multilingual Environments

Date: 17-Jul-2013 - 19-Jul-2013
Location: Luxembourg city, Luxembourg
Contact: Julia de Bres
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Minority languages, by their very nature, exist in multilingual
environments. But far-reaching developments in globalisation and
migration mean these multilingual environments are currently
undergoing dramatic changes. Across Europe and around the world,
traditional forms of multilingualism are giving way to new and more
complex forms, in which speakers of indigenous minority languages must
negotiate their place alongside newer migrant minority languages, in
addition to other more established majority languages.

In such contexts, several issues are raised, including:

How do speakers of indigenous minority languages construct their
position in relation to speakers of both ‘old’ majority languages and
‘new’ minority languages?

How do indigenous minority language speakers view migrant minority
languages? Are these languages seen in terms of threat/competition, or
as facilitating acceptance of a wider range of languages within a
multilingual society?

What three-way relationships exist between the indigenous minority
language(s), the majority language(s), and the new migrant

What scope is there for indigenous minority languages to gain
prominence in a changing multilingual environment?

What can speakers of indigenous and migrant languages learn from each
other’s minority language experiences?

What even counts as a minority language in these increasingly complex
multilingual environments?

With these issues in mind, this conference addresses the overall question of:

'What challenges and possibilities do changing forms of
multilingualism pose for speakers of indigenous and migrant minority
languages, and what opportunities are presented by interactions
between the two?'

The conference will take place in multilingual Luxembourg, a
traditionally trilingual and increasingly multilingual country that is
a prime example of the changing forms of multilingualism that are the
subject of the conference.

Keynote speakers:

Stephen May, School of Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland
(New Zealand)

Guus Extra, Chair of Language and Minorities, Tilburg University (Netherlands)

Melissa G. Moyer, Departament de Filologia Anglesa, Universitat
Autònoma de Barcelona (Catalonia)


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