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LINGUIST List 22.2419

Sat Jun 11 2011

Calls: Sociolinguistics/United Kingdom

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        1.     Nicola Carty , 1st Soillse Residential Conference

Message 1: 1st Soillse Residential Conference
Date: 10-Jun-2011
From: Nicola Carty <n.carty.1research.gla.ac.uk>
Subject: 1st Soillse Residential Conference
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Full Title: 1st Soillse Residential Conference

Date: 31-Aug-2011 - 03-Sep-2011
Location: Sleat, Isle of Skye, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mr. Iain Cambeul, Prof. Robert Dunbar
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Web Site: http://www.soillse.ac.uk/news/event.php?ID=8

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Jun-2011

Meeting Description:

Maintaining and Revitalising Minority Languages in their ‘Heartlands’

Gaelic is traditionally associated with the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but ever since UK census data has been collected on Gaelic, the language has generally weakened in this large geographic area. Among the key issues are weaknesses in intergenerational transmission, increasing English dominance in a greater range of linguistic domains, significant inward migration of non-Gaelic speakers, population loss (especially of young people), vulnerable local economies which are heavily dependent on traditional economic activities (including agriculture and fishing), and, until recently, a generally unsupportive policy and public administrative context. While each minoritised language differs in important respects, the Gaelic experience is not an uncommon one.

The 1st Soillse Conference will explore two themes: First, we hope to explore the problems and challenges faced by Gaelic and other minoritised languages in their ‘heartlands’ – the areas with which they have been most used in social and community life – in order to understand better the nature of the challenges and the extent to which these are the result of broader national and international forces, as well as local ones.

Second, we hope to explore the various policy initiatives which have been instituted not only in Scotland but in other jurisdictions to address the problems and challenges faced by Gaelic and other minoritised languages in their 'heartlands', in order to understand better the sorts of interventions which have, and which have not, worked so well.

Call for Papers:

We welcome proposals for papers on any aspect of the foregoing two themes. Presenters may, example, wish to present a case study of a particular minoritised language or a particular minoritised language community/district in a 'heartland' area, a set of policy interventions or a particular intervention, or any combination of the foregoing. The only requirement is that presentations are related to at least one of the two themes.

We would welcome submissions of proposals for papers (abstracts) of not more than 350 words in length, in Scottish Gaelic or in English, by no later than 25 June 2011 to Iain Caimbeul, Soillse's Senior Project Manager (iain.caimbeulsoillse.ac.uk).

Abstracts should include the presenter's name and institutional affiliation, if any, a very brief biography (not more than a further 100 words), and a contact e-mail address.

It is expected that information on acceptance of proposals will be communicated by 2 July 2011.

Enquiries may be directed to Mr. Caimbeul or to Professor Robert Dunbar, Soillse's Director (sm01rduhi.ac.uk). Further information, including information on registration, travel and accommodation, will be available on the Soillse website, http://www.soillse.ac.uk




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