[lg policy] national vs officila language

mostari hind hmostari at YAHOO.COM
Mon Nov 19 18:46:48 UTC 2012


Hi everybody , 
While teaching today to my graduate students :
the national vs official language dichotomy, I was faced with some incoherence in the definition :
For example : national language is being defined as the language used by the majority of people of the speech community , to reflect the unity of its speakers and is used for correspondence .
However , many national languages are just used by minority people !
So, is it possible to call SOME national languages  regional or local languages since they can be used by their group of people who use them in a particular area/region like tamazight in Algeria and other national langauges in India  ?


Your reactions are the welcome!

Dr Mostari 


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Subject: [lg policy] Linguist List Issue: 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism
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Message1: 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism
Date:02-Nov-2012
From:Ann-Marie Chua isb9 at ntu.edu.sg
LINGUIST List issue http://linguistlist.org/issues/23/23-4585.html 


Full Title: 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism 
Short Title: ISB9 

Date: 10-Jun-2013 - 13-Jun-2013
Location: Singapore, Singapore 
Contact Person: Jaslyn Tan
Meeting Email: ISB9 at ntu.edu.sg
Web Site: http://linguistics.hss.ntu.edu.sg/ISB9/Main.html 

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

Call Deadline: 16-Nov-2012 

Meeting Description:

The 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB9) will be hosted for the first time in Singapore, a country that sits at the doorstep of the most linguistically diversified region in the world. The theme of the conference 'Multilingualism' captures the diversity in this region.  

Keynote Speakers:

Nick Evans (Australian National University)
Ofelia Garcia (City University of New York)
Monika S. Schmid (University of Groningen)
Lionel Wee (National University of Singapore)

Invited Colloquia:

Scholars interested in submitting abstracts for the invited colloquia should contact the respective chairs as early as possible.

'Multilingualism in the Chinese Diasporas'
Chaired by Li Wei, University of London, Birkbeck College

'Multilingual Education and Globalization in the Asian Context'
Chaired by Joe Lo Bianco, The University of Melbourne

'Neurolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Advances in Bilingualism and Multilingualism Research'
Chaired by Viorica Marian, Northwestern University, USA

Organised by: Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University 

2nd Call for Papers:

In view of the numerous requests received, the submission deadline for papers, posters and colloquium has been extended to 16 November 2012. 

Please visit the ISB9 website at http://linguistics.hss.ntu.edu.sg/ISB9/Main.html for more information and to make your submission.


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