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LINGUIST List 23.4072

Tue Oct 02 2012

Calls: Socioling, Anthropological Ling, Applied Ling, Language Documentation/Austria

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Oct-2012
From: Barbara Schrammel-Leber <barbara.schrammeluni-graz.at>
Subject: 14th International Conference on Minority Languages
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Full Title: 14th International Conference on Minority Languages
Short Title: ICML XIV

Date: 11-Sep-2013 - 14-Sep-2013
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Barbara Schrammel-Leber
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://icml14.uni-graz.at/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

Conference theme: Dominated Languages in the 21st Century

Although linguistic plurality and its socio-political stratification or outline in dominant and dominated languages is subject to constant and accelerating change due to global migration, the general perception of minorities - at least in Europe - is still based on strangely romantic folkloristic notions of the 19th century, namely as rural, conservative, immobile relics of another (archaic) culture with another language. This admittedly pointed definition, which implicitly also reflects the European nation state ideology, negates all socio-political and socio-cultural developments of the last decades. At least some aspects of this definition - first and foremost the 'otherness', but when it comes to so-called indigenous minority languages also all other aspects of the definition - still dominate the public discourse on minorities and minority languages. This discourse of otherness in contrast to the established and postulated normality of the majority always insinuates a sense of inferiority of minority groups and languages.

Two facts probably do not need to be stressed: Firstly, academic research on dominated languages is not independent and unaffected by general, stereotypical notions and current public discourse. Secondly, differences in status between languages and the thus resulting differentiation between majority and minority languages, or rather dominant and dominated languages, in the 21st century cannot be treated according to specifications of the 19th century. While European minority rights still remain rooted in the tradition outlined above, it is and was the duty of minority language research based on social sciences to primarily follow current developments. The upcoming conference aims to bring the latter aspect, which is also reflected in the history of the ICML, to the foreground and to address some relevant aspects against the background of the ideal of a pluralistic society:

- Changes in the linguistic landscape of Europe as a consequence of migration
- The relationship between indigenous and migrant minority languages
- Role and status of minority languages in pluralistic societies
- Dominated languages and the relevance of ICT (Information Communication Technology)
- Majority languages in a minority position

Call for Papers:

While ICML XIV in Graz will continue the tradition of ICML to discuss these questions with respect to minority languages of Europe, this conference also sets out to expand the scenery of ICML and therefore especially invites proposals concerning the study of minority languages in other parts of the world.

Proposals regarding original and previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited in two formats: colloquia and individual papers. Proposals should fall broadly within the conference theme.

Proposals for Colloquia:

Colloquia are collections of paper presentations that relate to a narrowly defined topic of interest, and are offered in a three-hour time block. Proposals for colloquia are limited to 700 words, and should include brief summaries of each of the papers to be included, along with paper titles and individual authors' names. Sufficient detail should be provided to allow peer reviewers to judge the scientific merit of the proposal. The person submitting a proposal for a colloquium is responsible for securing the permission and co-operation of all participants before the proposal is submitted. A chair for the session must also be identified. Please submit your proposal in English.

The submission deadline for proposals for colloquia is January 31, 2013.

Submissions should be sent to icml14uni-graz.at

Proposals for Individual Papers:

Please submit by email a one-page (500-word) abstract of your paper, including your name, affiliation, address, phone and email address at the end of your abstract. The abstract should include enough detail to allow reviewers to judge the scientific merits of the proposal.

All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the members of the Scientific Committee of ICML XIV.

We will accept for presentation by each author: (a) a maximum of one first authored paper and (b) a maximum of two papers in any authorship status.

Oral papers will be allotted 30 minutes, allowing 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions. The official language of the conference is English. The submission deadline for proposals for individual papers is January 31, 2013. Submissions should be sent to icml14uni-graz.at.

Acknowledgement of receipt of abstracts and proposals for colloquia will be sent by email as soon as possible after the receipt. You will receive notification of acceptance of individual papers or colloquia as soon as possible but no later than March 31, 2013.

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