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Full Title: 14ème Colloque International des Etudes Créoles

Short Title: CIEC 2014
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Start Date: 29-Oct-2014 - 31-Oct-2014
Contact: Daniel Véronique
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The 14th International Colloquium devoted to Creole studies organized by
the Comité International des Etudes Créoles (CIEC), with the support of UMR
7309 (Laboratoire Parole et Langage) will be held at Université d’Aix-
Marseille (AMU). The aim of the colloquium is to assess progress in the
field of creole studies during the past forty years – the first colloquium
of the CIEC took place in 1976 in Nice – and to identify issues and
prospects in creole anthropological, literary and linguistic studies.
Since its first colloquium in Nice, the colloquia organized by CIEC have
been primarily devoted to French related Creoles in their multilingual
settings and to the societies where these languages are in use. However,
contributions devoted to other Creoles and other Creole-speaking areas are
also welcome.

The contributions may be devoted to one or more of the following topics:

A. Description of Creole languages in their multilingual settings

Contributions are invited devoted to an assessment of previous work on
Creole languages in their multilingual settings and to prospects for future
work. Papers may discuss theoretical issues in synchrony or focus on issues
related to the emergence and development of Creole languages. All aspects
of Creole linguistic systems and of language practices in Creole societies
may be discussed.

B. Creole languages and Education

The topic of Creole language planning and management (the writing of
grammars, dictionaries and curricula etc.), addressed in previous colloquia
(Cape Verde 2005), Haiti (2008) and Mauritius (2012), is still highly relevant.

Independent states which use French-related Creoles are faced with
educational issues at basic and middle school levels. In this context,
recourse to schooling in Creole in multilingual systems is highly topical.
The experience of specific states such as Seychelles, Haiti and henceforth
Mauritius, in Creole Education that may be discussed. Because of the status
of “langues de France” bestowed upon the Creoles by the French
Constitution, of the proposals of the Etats Généraux du Multilinguisme dans
les Outre-Mer (EGM-OM), and of the final resolution of the 2011 State
sponsored Conference in Guyane (Déclaration de Cayenne 2011), French
Départements d’Outremer have also developed teaching in Creole.

Nowadays, French-related Creoles are also spoken outside their initial
birthplace, in various areas around the world (Creole diasporas), including
France in Continental Europe. The study of Creole Diasporas should be

C. Anthropology and Literature in Creole speaking societies

The anthropology of Creole Societies seems to have come to a halt after
decades of progress. The Colloquium should provide an opportunity to take
stock of previous work and discuss new prospects.
The production of literature in Creole, French and English inter alia in
Creole speaking areas of the Caribbean and of the Indian Ocean has
expanded. The revival of literary and cultural practices in Creole speaking
areas will be central to the theme.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Lexicography; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language Family: Creole
LL Issue: 25.793

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