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Message1: Multilingualism and Social Media: International Expert Meeting
From:Adrie Kaspers mercator at fryske-akademy.nl
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Multilingualism and Social Media: International Expert Meeting 

Date: 28-Nov-2014 - 29-Nov-2014 
Location: Leeuwarden, Frysl�n, Netherlands 
Contact: Adrie Kaspers 
Contact Email: mercator at fryske-akademy.nl 
Meeting URL: http://www.mercator-research.eu/news/upcoming-events-mercator/2014-november-28-29-multilingualism-and-social-media/ 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

This conference (organised by mercator Research Centre and SOAS, London) offers an international forum for discussion on the impact social media is having on language communities, attitudes, linguistic identities and behaviour and on the new possibilities and opportunities the world of social media is bringing to the world of languages. Discussions are particularly likely to focus on areas of language learning, minority, regional and endangered languages.

The rapid development, innovation and spread of social media and attendant technologies, are having a massive worldwide impact in a large variety of domains. The instant availability of information, media, contact, discussion fora and social networks and the corresponding new possibilities they bring for direct contact and communication, in a very wide and growing range of different languages, are generating new forms and modes of cultural, social, economic and political behaviour. The sheer diversity ranges from protest movements (e.g. 'Arab Spring'), to the work of NGOs such as M�decins Sans Frontiers across developing countries. It includes the exponentially increasing online and global commerce and the makers of evermore creative and useful apps. Every individual person in the world can now organise a direct and instant global outreach for their own ideas, operating as world broadcasters, traders, entrepreneurs, humanitarians, inventors, artists, opinion leaders, holid!
 ay makers and so on. Moreover, they are often able to bypass existing circuits and channels, relatively easily engaging in alternative and far more informal modes of direct exchange. 

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