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Full Title: 36th International LAUD Symposium

      
Short Title: LAUD 36
Location: Landau/Pfalz, Germany
Start Date: 31-Mar-2014 - 02-Apr-2014
Contact: Martin Pütz
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: 36th International LAUD Symposium

Endangerment of Languages across the Planet:
The Dynamics of Linguistic Diversity and Globalization

Location:

University of Koblenz-Landau
Landau, Germany

Landau is a small city surrounded by the Southern Wine Route district of Southern Rhineland-Palatinate and close to the Black Forest (1 hour from Frankfurt airport).

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Peter Austin (University of London)
Bernd Heine (University of Cologne)
Lisa Lim (University of Hong Kong)
Salikoko Mufwene (University of Chicago)
Shana Poplack (University of Ottawa)
Suzanne Romaine (University of Oxford)
Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan)
Li Wei (University of London)

‘The disappearance of a language is like the disappearance of life-giving water sources: in a generation, a lake or river can be reduced to a series of water holes, then puddles, after which it may dry up …’(2010, The UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger)

Aim and Scope:

There is general consensus among linguists and language experts that slightly more than 7,000 languages (Ethnologue 2013) are spoken across the world today and that half of them are under threat of extinction within fifty to one hundred years. Today at least 3,000 tongues are endangered, seriously endangered or dying in many parts of the universe. It is a deplorable fact that many linguists have remained rather ignorant to the threat to most of the world’s languages until fairly recently. This conference aims to examine the reasons behind this dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why this matters, and what can be done and achieved to document and support endangered, moribund and small languages especially in the context of an ever increasing globalized world. In fact, to date there is very little empirical research on the impact of globalization on endangered languages and language shift. How can a minority/indigenous language be maintained in this era of globalisation and what is the role of language policies and language planning strategies in multilingual contexts? And finally, what are the benefits of documenting and archiving endangered languages for linguistics, related disciplines and human cultural heritage in general, especially in the light of new advances in technology and data collection methodologies? In this vein, the context of globalization and language threat will be explored, with all the challenges and consequences involved and discussed from a variety of perspectives: sociolinguistics and the sociology of language, language contact, language policy/planning, language ecology, language endangerment and documentation.

Conference Fees:

The conference fee is EUR 75 and is payable on arrival.
LL Issue: 24.3457


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