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Full Title: 3rd International Language Management Symposium: Special Focus on Research Methodology

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Start Date: 13-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Contact: Marian Sloboda
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Following on the tradition of Language Management Theory originally elaborated by J. V. Neustupný and B. H. Jernudd, the 3rd Language Management Symposium, sponsored by Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, welcomes discussion on empirical studies of language management, defined as any sort of behavior toward language, in other words, the various forms and manifestations of attention devoted to language or its use.

About the Language Management Theory and the Language Management Symposium:

Language Management Theory (framework/model) (LMT) originated against the background of the language planning theory of the 1960s and 1970s and both Neustupný and particularly Jernudd were originally involved in this language planning research. However, they transformed this research into what has become LMT, followed by new generations of researchers. LMT focuses on the acts and activities (such as noting, evaluation) of individual speakers as well as institutions of varying complexity (families, social and political groups, schools, government ministries, media), with the aim of uncovering the relationships between the activities of speakers on the one hand and those of institutions on the other. Another important feature is that it views linguistic activities in the context of communicative and sociocultural ones (for details see J. Nekvapil & T. Sherman, eds., Language Management in Contact Situations: Perspectives from Three Continents. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2009).

A theory of such a scope, of course, must seriously address the ways in which it reaches its findings. Thus, the question of the research methodology becomes urgent. The methods used by the scholars subscribing to LMT include some procedures of conversation analysis, various types of interviews (follow-up, stimulated recall, interaction, narrative or semi-structured) and of course the analysis of documents and ethnography in general. Further methods, used only occasionally, include focus groups and systematic (self) observation. The main purpose of this symposium is to assess the effectiveness of the methods used by the LMT scholars when conducting particular empirical research.

The first international symposium on language management was devoted to ‘probing of the concept of noting’, and was held at Monash University (Clayton, Melbourne) in 2008. The second symposium addressing ‘norm diversity and language management in globalized settings’ took place at Waseda University (Tokyo) in 2011.

Scientific Committee:

Sau Kuen Fan (Kanda University of International Studies, Tokyo)
Bjorn H. Jernudd (independent scholar, Washington, D.C.)
Goro Kimura (Sophia University, Tokyo)
Helen Marriott (Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne)
Hidehiro Muraoka (Chiba University)
Jiri Nekvapil (Charles University in Prague)

Local Organizing Committe:

Jiri Nekvapil (chair)
Marian Sloboda (contact person)
Vit Dovalil
Petr Kaderka
Marketa Pravdova
Tamah Sherman


Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, nám. Jana Palacha 2, Prague (Praha), Czech Republic

Participation Fee:

The fee for participation is 100 EUR and will be paid on the spot. The fee can be waived in case of students, retired persons, participants from the ‘developing’ and low- and middle-income countries or otherwise economically disadvantaged participants.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.840

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