[lg policy] Linguist List Issue: Forms of Multilingualism in Secondary and Tertiary Education

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Message1: Forms of Multilingualism in Secondary and Tertiary Education
Date:11-Nov-2015
From:Monika Dannerer monika.dannerer at uibk.ac.at
LINGUIST List issue http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-5057.html

 



Full Title: Forms of Multilingualism in Secondary and Tertiary Education 

Date: 15-Sep-2016 - 17-Sep-2016
Location: Innsbruck, Austria 
Contact Person: Monika Dannerer
Meeting Email: FM-Innsbruck2016 at uibk.ac.at
Web Site: http://www.uibk.ac.at/germanistik/mehrsprachigkeit2016/index.html.de 

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

Call Deadline: 20-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

The conference deals with the use, function and perception of languages and varieties in 
secondary and tertiary education. Against the background of an integrative notion of 
internal and external multilingualism and an enhanced dialogue between researchers of 
different directions, focus will be on language use, language attitudes, language and 
education policy framework, as well as new linguistic concepts to an integrative treatment 
of different forms of multilingualism.

Due to migration processes, (educational) mobility, and globalisation, multilingualism plays 
an important role in society. General awareness of multilingualism is high - both in terms of 
different varieties of the same language (so-called "internal multilingualism") as well as with 
regard to different languages ("external multilingualism"). On the whole, assessment of 
multilingualism is often very positive (multilingualism as an ''opportunity'', as a value in 
itself). For particular cases, however, the spectrum of attitudes is broad, and the various 
forms of internal and external multilingualism receive rather mixed assessments or are 
judged predominantly negatively (denigration of many languages and varieties, 
multilingualism as a ''cost factor'').  This ambivalence also becomes apparent in the 
educational institutions in which the aforementioned forms of multilingualism inherently play 
an important role: Local varieties, although occurring in many communication situations, 
are either not named at all or are only referred to as a linguistic behaviour that must be 
avoided. Certain (foreign) languages - increasingly as working languages - are  promoted 
with a large investment of time and money and contribute to greater prestige for schools, 
for example. In contrast, most of the heritage languages of pupils, students, or teachers are 
still considered an obstacle or are simply ignored, both in the everyday life of the institution 
and during the learning process.

Although these types of multilingualism are closely intertwined in everyday life, they are 
mostly dealt with in different research traditions. 

Call for Papers:

Against the background of an integrative notion of multilingualism and an enhanced 
dialogue between researchers of different research directions, forms and functions of 
multilingualism in secondary and tertiary education should be dealt with during the 
conference, with preference being given to oral communication. The focus can be on:

- Language use: languages and varieties in (academic) teaching as well as in academic 
administration and in the everyday life of institutions, as learning and teaching objectives, 
as a "tool", as basis for multilingual interaction, as tolerated, covered or even hidden 
behaviour
- Language attitudes: Teachers' and students' perceptions of and attitudes towards 
heritage languages, educational and academic languages, foreign (school) languages, in 
terms of standard varieties, regiolects and dialects
- Language and education policy framework: guiding principles (language barrier, 
multilingualism as a deficit or as an opportunity, etc.), trouble spots, blind spots
- New linguistic concepts: research-methodological approaches to an integrative treatment 
of different forms of multilingualism, (new) approaches to the triangulation of methods and 
data

Forms of presentation: Presentation, poster presentation
Conference languages: English, German 

Submission of Abstracts:

Send your abstract in pdf format (max. 300 words, excluding list of references) in German 
or English before 20 December, 2015 to 
http://www.uibk.ac.at/germanistik/mehrsprachigkeit2016/anmeldung.html   
The decision regarding the acceptance of your contribution - which will be based on peer 
review - will be made by February 2016.

Conference Organisation:

Univ.?Prof. Mag. Dr. Monika Dannerer (Universit�t Innsbruck) and Ass.Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter 
Mauser (Universit�t Salzburg)


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