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Full Title: Languages in Contact 2014

Location: Wroclaw, Poland
Start Date: 17-May-2014 - 18-May-2014
Contact: Anna Zasłona
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.wsf.edu.pl/aktualnosci,Languages_in_Contact.xml
Meeting Description: Languages in Contact is an international conference that aims at integrating international researchers of language, understood as social human behavior. The conference is organized by the Committee for Philology of Polish Academy of Sciences - Wroclaw Branch, Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw, Institute of Linguistics of the University of Malta and International Communicology Institute, Washington D.C., USA.

Conference organizers wish to address the need of investigating minority speech communities, endangered and vanishing languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as narrowing down the scope of study of cultural practices performed by the means of language and studies through the scope of contact linguistics.

The conference seeks to reach the following goals:

- Developing methodological apparatus of anthropological linguistics and contact linguistics, as well as promoting these innovative disciplines in Poland
- Integrating the international scientific milieu focused on anthropological linguistics
- Promoting the study of minority and vanishing languages among young linguists.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Marie Alexander (University of Malta)
Prof. Grzegorz Godlewski (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Prof. Waldemar Skrzypczak (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland)
Prof. Kamila Turewicz (University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz, Poland)
Prof. Donald Winford (Ohio State University, USA)
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Genetic Classification; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics; Typology
LL Issue: 25.313

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