LINGUIST List 10.505

Wed Apr 7 1999

FYI: Applied Linguistics, Esperanto-speaking tribe

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  1. Marina Mattheoudaki, 13th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  2. renato corsetti, Study the Esperanto-speaking tribe

Message 1: 13th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 14:35:26 +0300
From: Marina Mattheoudaki <marmatenl.auth.gr>
Subject: 13th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


The 13th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied
Linguistics organized by the School of English, Aristotle University
of Thessaloniki, Greece will take place on 22-24 April, 1999. The
plenary speakers are Professor Jean Aitchison, University of Oxford
and Professor William Hardcastle, Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh.
There are sixty presentations in total in both Theoretical and Applied
Linguistics.
The final program is available at:
http://www.enl.auth.gr
The Proceedings of the Symposium will be available by the end of the year.
For further information, contact

Dr. Katerina Nicolaidis: knicolenl.auth.gr
Dr. Marina Mattheoudakis: marmatenl.auth.gr
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Message 2: Study the Esperanto-speaking tribe

Date: Tue, 06 Apr 1999 22:47:03 +0200
From: renato corsetti <corsettiitelcad.it>
Subject: Study the Esperanto-speaking tribe

Center for Research and Documentation 
on World Language Problems
in cooperation with
Universal Esperanto Association

Berlin, Germany, 31 July-8 August 1999


COME AND STUDY THE ESPERANTO-SPEAKING TRIBE

Linguistics textbooks give all kinds of definitions of Esperanto. But
the fact is that members of the linguistic community don't know much
about people who speak the language. Can they use Esperanto in
everyday situations, quarrel in it, swear in it? Are there any native
speakers?

The Esperanto movement has a language problem of its own: it is
difficult for someone who has not studied the language to find out
about the Esperanto movement. And yet the Esperanto language, the
Esperanto movement and Esperanto speakers present a challenge to many
branches of linguistics and the social sciences. There are questions
which demand to be answered: who speaks Esperanto? and why? What
happens if children learn the language as one of their native tongues?
What is the structure of a linguistic community in which native
speakers are only a tiny minority?

The Universal Esperanto Association (UEA) is the largest Esperanto
organisation in the world. Its annual congress attracts several
thousand participants every year. The programme includes cultural,
political and scientific sessions, but most importantly, the annual
congress gives Esperantists from around the world the chance to meet.

This year, UEA has decided to open its conference to scholars who want
to learn more about the unique linguistic and sociological structure
of the Esperanto movement. This programme is offered in cooperation
with the Center for Research and Documentation on World Language
Problems, an independent research institute whose activities include
editing the journal "Language Problems and Language Planning". We are
not aiming to convince linguists to learn Esperanto; our aim is to
show that Esperanto is an interesting object of study in its own
right.

The annual meeting of the worldwide Esperanto-speaking tribe, the 84th
World Congress of Esperanto, will take place from the 31st of July to
the 8th of August in the International Congress Center in Berlin,
Germany. You are invited to attend this congress and observe it at
leisure; the usual congress fee will be waived for professional
linguists, but please let us know in advance if you are planning to
attend. You will be free to mingle with the people, interview,
record, videotape, or undertake other research activities. We will try
to provide interpreters where necessary. If you wish you may also take
a course in order to get an understanding of the basic structure of
the language.

The World Congress of Esperanto always includes a series of Esperanto
Studies sessions. If you want to give a talk on contact linguistics or
international/interethnic language problems, please let us know. You
may also be interested in the Nitobe symposium, a two-day symposium,
on 2nd-3rd August, on "Globalization and Language Diversity", with
several well known speakers, which will focus on language policy and
international relations. Again, if you would like to give an oral or
written contribution, please inform us. We will get back in touch with
you.

For more information on Esperanto Studies and planned languages, we
recommend the following sites:

http://magi.com/~mfettes/studies.html
http://www.snafu.de/~ubecker/gesellsc.htm
http://htliu.yeah.net

You can also receive an overview of Esperanto Studies and
Interlinguistics, a bibliography on the subject and a brief
description of the structure and organisation of the World Congress.

For further information, and assistance with accomodation in Berlin,
please contact:

Center for Research and Documentation 
on World Language Problems
Nieuwe Binnenweg, 176
NL-3015 BJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands
<ueainter.nl.net>
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