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Sun Sep 11 2011

Confs: Sociolinguistics/Spain

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        1.     Oriol Ampuero , Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity

Message 1: Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity
Date: 09-Sep-2011
From: Oriol Ampuero <mercatorciemen.cat>
Subject: Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity
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Role of Legislation in Enhancing Linguistic Diversity

Date: 30-Sep-2011 - 01-Oct-2011
Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Contact: Oriol Ampuero i Gonzàlvez
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.mercator-network.eu/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

The 2011 conference aims at providing researchers, civil society representatives, policy makers and stakeholders with an understanding of new developments and trends in language legislation –either from a top-down approach or a bottom-up approach– considering recent events and present needs. It must be borne in mind that the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages will soon be 20 years since it was opened for signature, and that 2011 will mark, too, the 15th anniversary of non-official instruments such as the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights. Furthermore, 2007 witnessed the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the UN. The list of charters and treaties about linguistic protection is however not limited to the ones mentioned here.

With this context in mind, the conference will examine to what extent it is possible to sustain, promote and develop linguistic diversity and multilingualism, both for minorised and minority languages and for languages of newcomers to Europe.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THEORY AND PRACTICE

Note:

All presentations and speeches in upper case will be held as plenary sessions. On the other hand, presentations in lower case (case studies) will be held as parallel sessions in two different rooms. All presentations starting by a) letter can be followed in room A; all presentations starting by b) letter can be followed in room B.

8.30 am
Registration and accreditation

OPENING

9.00 am
Welcome
Carles Riera, President of CIEMEN

9.15 am
‘THE ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION CASE-LAW IN ENHANCING LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY’, by Iñigo Urrutia, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the Basque Country

9.45 am
‘EDUCATION AS A KEY FACTOR IN THE PROMOTION OF REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES: THEORY AND PRACTICE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ECRML’, by Alba Nogueira López, Senior Lecturer of Administrative Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia)

10.15 am
‘ECRML REGIME IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: READY FOR RATIFICATION?’, by Ewa Chilinsky, Head of the Research Cluster ‘Culture and Diversity’, Deputy Director of the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany)

10.45 am
Question time

11.00 am
Coffee break

11.30 am
Case study I (all case studies in parallel sessions)
a) ‘The states of the European Union and the languages. Recent jurisdiction and effectiveness of the protection’, by Guglielmo Cevolin, University of Udine (Friuli)
b) ‘The use of Welsh in the private sector: de iure vs. de facto bilingual scenarios’, by Elisabeth Haidinger, Viena University of Economics and Business

11.45 am
Case study II
a) ‘Are international instruments sufficient for the protection of language rights? The case of the Basque language’, by Paul Bilbao, General Secretary of Kontseilua and Chairman of Behatokia (Basque Country)
b) ‘Law and language in conflict: the prospect of an Irish Language Act in Northern Ireland’, by Verona Ní Dhrisceoil, Law and Language PhD candidate, University College Cork (Ireland)

12.00 pm
Case study III
a) ‘Shortcomings in the implementation of the ECRML’s Article 9 in Spain. A critical view on the Constitutional Court’s judgement’, by Anna Maria Pla Boix, professor of Constitutional Law at University of Girona (Catalonia)

b) ‘The legal institutional language framework for North Sámi and Kven languages in Norway’, by Petra Granholm, Aland Islands Peace Institute (Finland)

12.15 pm
Case study IV
a) ‘Between theory and practice: the case of Frisian’, by Richt Sterk and Verena Backer-Steinbrink, Mercator Education (Friesland)

b) ‘The Protection of linguistic rights of indigenous peoples within the Russian Federation’, by Elena Knyazeva, PhD Candidate, Law Faculty, University College Cork (Ireland)

12.30 pm
Question time conducted by motivator/rapporteur

1.00 pm
Lunch

Bottom up/top down approaches

I. Recent developments

3.00 pm
‘LEGISLATION AS A TOOL FOR LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE AND REVITALISATION: NECESSARY BUT SUFFICIENT?’, by Robert Dunbar, Senior Research Professor and Director, ‘Soillse’ Research Project, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig/University of the Highlands and Islands (Scotland)

3.30 pm
‘LEGISLATING FOR MEDIA IN MINORISED LANGUAGES: THE CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL AGE’, by Elin Haf Jones, Director of Mercator Media (Wales)

4.00 pm
‘LEGISLATION AND SIGN LANGUAGES PLANNING: PATTERNS AND REALITIES’, by Josep Quer, Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Catalonia)

4:30 pm
Question time

5:00 pm
Coffee break

II. Dynamics of bottom-up and top-bottom approaches in challenging language planning. Particular cases.

5:30 pm
Case study I (all case studies in parallel sessions)
a) ‘The recognition of the Flemish Sign Language’, by Maartje De Meulder, doctoral student, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

b) “Peoples as linguistic subjects: individual rights vs. territorial rights”, by Miquel Gros, member of the Catalan Society of Sociolinguistics (Catalonia)

5:45 pm
Case study II
a) ‘Modern language legislation in Spain: the case of Aragonese’, by José Ignacio López Susín, member of the Council of Languages of Aragón

b) ‘The Trento model of asymmetric language protection’, by Roberto Toniatti, professor of Comparative Constitutional Law, University of Trento (Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol)

6.00 pm
Case study III
a) ‘Recent legal developments in Italy: the case of Friulian, Slovene and German languages’, by William Cisilino, Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia

b) ‘Three recent developments in Catalonia’s language policy’, by Joan Ramon Soler, Language Policy Board, Government of Catalonia

6.15 pm
Case study IV
a) ‘Good practices of minority language media: are South American models applicable in Europe?’ by Enrique Uribe, Mercator Media (Wales), and Maria Fernanda Peña Sarmiento, University of La Sabana (Colombia)
b) ‘The new legal framework of Occitan in Catalonia’, by Marçal Girbau (Catalonia)

6.30 pm
Case study V
a) ‘Catalan in Alghero: a future normalization thanks to schools? Laws and new prospects’, by Irene Coghene (Òmnium Cultural de l’Alguer)
b) ‘Welsh Language Legislation: potential opportunities and threats arising from the Welsh Language Measure 2011’, by Meirion Prys Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board

6.45 pm
Question time conducted by motivator/rapporteur

7.00 pm
End of session

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
CURRENT TRENDS ON PRESENT CHALLENGES: LANGUAGE, MIGRATION, TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL COHESION

Note: All presentations and speeches in upper case will be held as plenary sessions. On the other hand, presentations in lower case (case studies) will be held as parallel sessions in two different rooms. All presentations starting by a) letter can be followed in room A; all presentations starting by b) letter can be followed in room B.

9.00 am
‘LANGUAGE AND INTEGRATION’, by Josep Maria Serra, University of Girona (Catalonia)

9.30 am
‘THE ROLE OF LAW AND INSTITUTIONS IN LANGUAGE DIVERSITY AND VITALITY: EXPECTING TOO MUCH OR TOO LITTLE? THE CASE OF ELDIA PROJECT’, by Sia Spiliopoulou Akermark, Aland Islands Peace Institute

10.00 am
Question time

10.15 am
Case study I (all case studies in parallel sessions)
a) ‘A First language Boost to Second Language Reading’, by Lilian Nygren-Junkin, University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

b) ‘Immigrant families’ linguistic, social, and cultural capital to Minority-Language Children’s Literacy: A case study of Parents’, Teachers’, and Principals’ Perspectives in a Catalan school’, by Liesbeth De Bruyne, University of Barcelona (Catalonia)

10.30 am
Case Study II
a) ‘More languages, more opportunities: a Papiamentu-Dutch language encouragement project’, by Verena Steinbrink-Backer (Friesland)

b) ‘Experiences of social language acquisition by migrants in Catalonia’, by Plataforma per la Llengua (Catalonia)

10.45 am
Question time

11.00 am
Coffee break

Closing Session

11.30 am
Conclusions and recommendations by 3 motivators/rapporteurs (1 for each block)

1.00 pm
Farewell Speeches
Aureli Argemí, President emeritus of CIEMEN & Director of Mercator LinguisticRights and Legislation

(Others still to confirm)

1.30 pm
End of Conference

Catalan-English and English-Catalan interpretation will be available at the conference.

All sessions will be held in the Sala Abat Escarré, at CIEMEN Headquarters.
C/ Rocafort, 242 bis
08029 Barcelona



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