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LINGUIST List 18.1898

Sat Jun 23 2007

Confs: Cognitive Sci,Computational Ling,Sociolinguistics/Hungary

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        1.    Tarik Hadzibeganovic, LASALC colloquium

Message 1: LASALC colloquium
Date: 22-Jun-2007
From: Tarik Hadzibeganovic <ta.hadzibeganovicuni-graz.at>
Subject: LASALC colloquium

LASALC colloquium
Short Title: LASALC

Date: 06-Jul-2007 - 06-Jul-2007
Location: Pecs, Hungary
Contact: Tarik Hadzibeganovic
Contact Email: ta.hadzibeganovicuni-graz.at

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Language Asymmetries and the Struggle for the Accumulation of Linguistic Capital
(LASALC colloquium)

This session presents a collection of papers that introduces different
perspectives on the fundamental issue of the relationship between language and
intercultural communication. The papers aim at offering yet another look at
linguistic practices as informed by geopolitical agendas with a focus on
asymmetric power relations and the ongoing struggle for the accumulation of
linguistic and cultural capital in two different regions. To this effect, the
session considers sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, computational, cognitive,
historical, anthropological, ethnological and cultural aspects of this struggle
in various sub-communities and provides a framework in which this question can
be empirically addressed in a context-sensitive and highly multidisciplinary

The political and linguistic situation after the demise of former Yugoslavia and
the emergence of new sovereign states, the still negotiated EU membership of a
number of these states as well as of Turkey, along with the recent inclusion of
the Republic of Cyprus justify yet another look at linguistic practices as
informed by geopolitical agendas with a focus on asymmetric power relations and
the ongoing struggle for the accumulation of linguistic and cultural capital.

Given long common history, language asymmetries have been especially pronounced
in the Balkans/Southeastern Europe, where no sovereign state can claim a
one-and-only homogeneous ''national language'' without serious caveats. Far from
considering sovereign states ''evil empires'', the papers in this colloquium
examine aspects of linguistic practice in an attempt to show how negotiating
linguistic identity touches on larger social issues. This, we believe, is all
the more opportune since EU membership has become either a reality or a
possibility for many countries in Southeastern Europe necessitating an ongoing
balancing act between the local and the global (not to mention the newfangled
glocal). To this effect, we shall consider various aspects of the struggle for
linguistic capital in various communities (cf. lingua-cultures).

Confirmed participants and presentation titles:

1. Nazmiye Çelebi, ?stanbul University, Turkey: Cypriot immigrants in London:
Two languages, one intonation.

2.Victor Friedman, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, The
University of Chicago, USA: Balkan Languages in the Western Balkans: Minorities
as Majorities and Majorities as Minorities.

3. Tarik Hadzibeganovic, Language Development and Cognitive Science Unit,
University of Graz, Austria: The Challenges of Mathematical/Statistical Analysis
of SEE Languages: Focus on Language Change, Competition, and Survival.

4. Dimitris Mavreas, Department of Linguistics, University of Athens: The
linguistic choices of the members of the Greek Deaf minority: The symbolic value
and practical use of Greek Sign Language (GSL).

5.Svein Mønnesland, Institute for Central European and Oriental Studies,
University of Oslo, Norway: The sociolinguistic Situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina
and Montenegro - a comparison.

6. Aida Vidan, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard
University, USA: Language as Process: Literary Norms and Everyday Reality of

Colloquium Chairs:
Victor Friedman, University of Chicago (moderator)
Tarik Hadzibeganovic, University of Graz (organizer)

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