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LINGUIST List 20.2409

Mon Jul 06 2009

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Switzerland

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        1.    Elena Maria Pandolfi, Vitality of a Minority Language

Message 1: Vitality of a Minority Language
Date: 06-Jul-2009
From: Elena Maria Pandolfi <elena-maria.pandolfiti.ch>
Subject: Vitality of a Minority Language
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Full Title: Vitality of a Minority Language

Date: 15-Oct-2010 - 16-Oct-2010
Location: Bellinzona, Switzerland
Contact Person: Elena Maria Pandolfi Matteo Casoni
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ti.ch/olsi

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2010

Meeting Description:

The congress aims at an in depth discussion of the parameters relevant to the evaluation of the degree of vitality of a minority language. Particular attention will be given to quantitative and qualitative indices that may be used for monitoring the 'health condition' of languages with a minority position in a country. The situation of the Italian language in Switzerland will be a special focus of interest.

The congress themes are:

A) Indices of a minority language vitality

(i) The concept of vitality index and its relevance for minority languages
(ii) Internal linguistic vitality
(iii) External sociolinguistic vitality
(iv) Methodology for quantitative measurements
(v) Methodology for qualitative measurements

B) Goals and aims of the researches on language vitality

(i) Sociolinguistic situation of a community and language vitality researches
(ii) Implications, effects and hints of the language vitality researches for a minority language protection and promotion

Call for Papers:

The congress program contemplates 8 invited presentations (40 minutes each) and a workshop with 8 papers selected through this Call for Papers.

Papers on general aspects concerning the Congress themes will be welcome but main attention should be devoted to the situation of Italian language in Swiss Confederation and to similar European comparable situations.


Researchers working on these topics are invited to send an abstract of about 500 words of their proposed paper. The abstracts should contain the paper title, the name of the author /authors, the postal and e-mail addresses, the thematic area and have to be sent to the e-mail address decs-olsiti.ch. Abstracts received will be reviewed and selected by the Scientific Committee.

Deadline to submit abstracts: 31st January 2010.
Deadline of notifications of acceptance/rejection: 30th March 2010

A small contribution to the expenses may be assigned to PhD students presenting an accepted paper or at least taking part to the congress. Interested PhD students are invited to send the application within 31st January 2010, along with the title of their PhD thesis and a presentation letter by their PhD professor.

Congress Languages: Italian, German, French and English

Scientific Committee:

Bruno Moretti (University of Berne and OLSI)
Gaetano Berruto (University of Turin and OLSI)
Luca Danzi (University of Milan and OLSI)
Georges Lüdi (University of Basle and OLSI)
Constantin Pitsch (Swiss Federal Department of Culture and OLSI)
Elena M. Pandolfi (OLSI)
Gabriele Iannàccaro (University of Milan Bicocca and GSPL)

The 8 invited presentations will be held by:

Ulrich Ammon (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
Matthias Brenzinger (University of Cologne, Germany)
Silvia Dal Negro (University of Bozen, Italy)
Jeroen Darquennes (University of Namur, Belgium)
Gabriele Iannàccaro (University of Milan Bicocca, Italy)
François Grin (University of Geneva, Swizerland)
Georges Lüdi (University of Basle, Swizerland)
Thomas H. Stolz (University of Bremen, Germany)


Elena M. Pandolfi (elena-maria.pandolfiti.ch) e Matteo Casoni (matteo.casoniti.ch )
Osservatorio linguistico della Svizzera italiana
Viale S. Franscini 30 a, 6500 Bellinzona
E-mail: decs-olsiti.ch
Phone: 0041 (0) 91 814 15 10

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