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Full Title: 5th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and Their Non-Dominant Varieties: Models of Pluricentricity: Nation, Space and Language

Short Title: 5th WCPCL
Location: Mainz, Germany
Start Date: 13-Jul-2017 - 15-Jul-2017
Contact: Benjamin Meisnitzer
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Meeting Description: The WGNDV focuses on the promotion of the theory of plc. languages by its worldwide perspective and on varieties that are small by the number of their speakers and their symbolic power, and are not the primary norm-setting centres of the language.

The conference is - as the four previous ones - devoted to the description of pluricentric languages (plc) and in particular of non-dominant national varieties of plc. languages and continues its work set up by the concepts outlined in Kloss (1951/1978) and in particular by Clyne (1992). This time the conference will try to focus on the influence of geographic aspects on the modelling of dominant and non-dominant varieties to further advance the understanding of whether geographically contiguous varieties follow the same pathways in their affirmation as own varieties as do geographically separated ones (e.g. European and Brazilian Portuguese). The main objectives of this conference are:

1. To discuss different theoretical approaches and models for the description of plc. languages, especially in regard to languages with contiguous language areas (Albanian, French, German, Spanish, Russian etc.). Different models are propagated at the moment and need consideration in respect to their validity.
2. In addition to the aspects outlined in (1) we want to deepen the theory of plc. languages and the methods for the description of nd-varieties in particular.
3. To get more information about the situation of as many pluricentric languages and non-dominant-varieties in order to get empirically secure descriptions of effects of non-dominance.
4. To get exhaustive reports of the situation of as many plc. languages and nd-varieties around the world as possible and in particular of lesser known and researched plc. languages and nd-varieties.
5. The treatment of linguistic variation in plc. languages in language technology (speech recognition and speech synthesis)
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.5095

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