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LINGUIST List 23.882

Tue Feb 21 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Spain

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        1.     Carla Amorós , 2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages

Message 1: 2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
Date: 21-Feb-2012
From: Carla Amorós <carlitausal.es>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
Short Title: NDV

Date: 11-Jul-2012 - 13-Jul-2012
Location: Salamanca, Spain
Contact Person: Carla Amorós
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://eventos.usal.es/go/salamancandv2012

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

2nd International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (WGNDV): Exploring Linguistic Standards in Non-Dominant Varieties
Salamanca, Spain
11-13 July 2012

2012 is the 20th anniversary of Michael Clyne's fundamental volume in the studies of pluricentrism: Pluricentric Languages: different norms in different nations (1992). In the last decades, with the impact of globalization, there has been a growing interest in doing research into the emergence of national and cross-national language varieties, from an interdisciplinary context: Cognitive Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy and Planning, Corpus Linguistics, etc.

In this sense, the Working Group on Non-Dominating Varieties of Pluricentric Languages focuses, particularly, on the documentation and description of the non-dominant linguistic norm-setting centres and focuses on different aspects of their linguistic and pragmatic situation: corpus, status and education/acquisition planning, explicit and implicit language policies, national internal variation, convergence or divergence between varieties, language attitudes, etc.).

Last July, the first conference of the group proposed the guidelines and research objectives so as to delimit which varieties can be considered as 'non- dominant' within a language and to systematize its analysis.

As Clyne (1992: 464) pointed out in the epilogue, 'no doubt there will be greatly increased interaction between the centres of the pluricentric languages, leading perhaps to more convergence, not necessarily in the direction of the dominant centres, but perhaps to new centres. There will be need for empirical study of the linguistic consequences of contact between national varieties'. Twenty years later, we would like to contribute to this task, with our second symposium, and focus on whether and how the grade of endonormativity-exonormativity of the varieties of the traditional centres and peripheries has changed. This involves updating the current situation of the languages included in Clyne (1992): Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi-Urdu, Korean, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil and also studying Albanian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, Romanian, and Russian from a pluricentric approach. It would be interesting to establish a scale of dominance/non-dominance/symmetry-asymmetry between the varieties of these languages and how the concept of standard is defined or conceived in the different linguistic cultures.

Social Programme:

Reception in Caballerizas (free)
Salamanca's tour (including the library of the Historical University of Salamanca) (free)
Conference dinner
Trip to Candelario (small village near Salamanca)

Call for Papers:

All members of the working group on non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages, as well as all the scholars interested in this research field, are invited to submit abstracts for papers (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion) by 30 March 2012. There will also be one plenary speaker and a roundtable. Everybody is welcome to register for audience participation by 6 July 2012.


All abstracts should be written in English or Spanish (the two languages of the conference) and sent to salamancandv2012usal.es as an email attachment in Word format. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words plus 4 keywords.


A volume of selected papers is to be published.

Scientific Committee:

Rudolf Muhr
Carla Amorós
Catrin Norrby
Leo Kretzenbacher
Carmen Fernández Juncal
Klaus Zimmermann

Organisation Committee:

Rudolf Muhr
Carla Amorós
Emilio Prieto de los Mozos
Carmen Fernández Juncal
Natividad Hernández Muñoz
Mercedes Marcos Sánchez

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