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Full Title: Multilingualism: The Key Debates

Location: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Start Date: 12-Sep-2013 - 13-Sep-2013
Contact: Nanna H Hilton
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Meeting Description: University Campus Fryslân (UCF) is launching a new MA programme in Multilingualism in September 2013, in cooperation with the University of Groningen and the NHL Leeuwarden. To celebrate the launch of this new programme, we are organising the conference Multilingualism: The Key Debates. The conference will be held from 12 to 13 September in the only officially multilingual province of the Netherlands: Friesland.

Over the course of two and a half days, a general scientific conference programme will take place during the day. In the afternoons and early evenings, eight renowned scientists will meet to debate longstanding and pressing questions about multilingualism. The four key questions are:

Is language an innate property of humans, or is it something acquired?
Does learning a new language change the way we think?
Is it possible to reverse the trend when a speaker group has started to language shift?
Should language planning and policy protect linguistic diversity or promote linguistic homogeneity?

The debates will be open to the general public. Some of the confirmed debaters are:

Daniel L. Everett
Robert Phillipson
Geoffrey K. Pullum
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas
Abram de Swaan
Guillaume Thierry
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3449

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