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Thu Feb 18 2010

Confs: Sociolinguistics/USA

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        1.    Paola Vanzo, Perspectives on Language Standardization

Message 1: Perspectives on Language Standardization
Date: 18-Feb-2010
From: Paola Vanzo <eventstrace.org>
Subject: Perspectives on Language Standardization
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Perspectives on Language Standardization

Date: 26-Mar-2010 - 27-Mar-2010
Location: New York, NY, USA
Contact: Paola Vanzo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.trace.org/events/events_lecture_series_R006.html

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Language standardization is often looked to by language communities as a means for language maintenance and strengthening cultural integrity, yet it may also contribute to varying degrees of linguistic discrimination and social conflict. In the case of Tibetan language, which has a diversity of spoken dialects, as well as a standard written language, new challenges and opportunities presented by urbanization, economic development, resettlement, and other factors present strong incentives to switch to other dominant languages in everyday usage. Thus many Tibetans support the idea of promoting a standardized Tibetan, but disagree as to what should be the basis for the standard.

In this lecture event, we will bring together scholars who have worked extensively on language standardization issues for Kurdish, Hungarian, Tibeto-Burman languages, and the three major dialects of Tibetan to examine questions such as: What should be the role of a standard language? What are its pros and cons? What are the experiences of other language communities in implementing standardization? We hope to understand these topics for minority languages in the world in general, the Tibetan language in China in particular, and what practical steps can be taken.

Speakers:

David Bradley, (Closing Keynote Speaker) Associate Professor and Reader in Linguistics, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Miklós Kontra, (Opening Keynote Speaker) Professor and Head, Department of English Language Teacher Education and Applied Linguistics, University of Szeged, Hungary

Marielle Prins (Moderator), Independent scholar in linguistics

Jaffer Sheyholislami, Assistant Professor, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada

More speakers from Kham, Amdo and Central Tibet to be announced.


Schedule:

Friday

Check in & Registration
5:30 - 6:00 pm

Opening Keynote Lecture, Q&A
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Reception
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Saturday

Check-in & Breakfast Reception
9:30 pm - 10:00 am

Morning Session
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch Break
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session & Closing Keynote Lecture
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

To register, please visit our website (www.trace.org). You may also call or email us with your name, contact email, telephone, affiliation, and mailing address. Contact: eventstrace.org or 212-367-7380


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