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LINGUIST List 24.945

Fri Feb 22 2013

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Documentation, Socioling, Anthro Ling/Norway

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

Date: 22-Feb-2013
From: Øystein A. Vangsnes <oystein.vangsnesuit.no>
Subject: Tromsø International Conference on Language Diversity
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Full Title: Tromsø International Conference on Language Diversity
Short Title: TromSlang

Date: 06-Nov-2013 - 08-Nov-2013
Location: Tromsø, Norway
Contact Person: Øystein A. Vangsnes
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://uit.no/languagediversity

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

Call Deadline: 01-May-2013

Meeting Description:

The Tromsø International Conference on Language Diversity will be one of the seven main events during Språkåret 2013, the Norwegian national Language Year 2013, which marks both the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian linguist and poet Ivar Aasen and the 100th anniversary of Det Norske Teatret (‘The Norwegian Theater’). Språkåret 2013 aims to be a generous and inclusive celebration of language diversity.

A central objective of the conference is to bring together research and policy making in the area of language diversity. Keynote speakers will include academics, politicians and public administrators, and at this point the following plenary speakers have confirmed their presence:

Kenneth R. Beesley, SAP Labs, Salt Lake City, USA
Raphael Berthele, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Ellen Bialystok, York University, Canada
Kendall King, University of Minnesota, USA
Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Call for Papers:

Submission Guidelines:

All submissions should comply with the specifics below and be made through the EasyChair system by following this link https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=tromslang2013.

Session Papers:

Abstracts are invited for 30-minute presentations (including discussion) on any topic concerning language diversity. We strongly encourage papers which highlight issues that bear on the societal and political relevance of language diversity.

Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and 1 page in length (excluding references).

Workshops:

We are soliciting organizers for workshops on various topics that highlight societal implications and aspects of language diversity, and the following non-exhaustive list gives an impression of relevant topics.

- Language diversity and universal design

- Language, discrimination and mental health

- Machine translation and minority languages

- Bilingualism and education

- Bilingualism versus bidialectalism

- Language revitalization

- Historical minority languages in Europe

- Minority language as an asset in tourism

- Minority languages and language technology

- Language diversity and economy

Workshop proposals may be of two kinds:

1. Thematic workshops with a series of at most six 30-minute paper presentations.
One or two of the slots may be used for general discussion. Upon submission of the proposal, the workshop organizers should provide a description of the workshop and include a list of speakers with paper titles. The workshop should be open to all participants at the conference, and the time slots must follow the time slots for the general sessions. The proposal should be no more than two A4 pages in length.

2. General discussion/panel sessions lasting one and a half hours.
Proposals for such short workshops should include a description of the topic and list of at least four participants and their area of expertise relevant to the topic. The proposed session must be open to all conference participants. The proposal should be no more than one A4 page in length.

For both kinds of workshops, prospective organizers are strongly urged to get in touch with the conference organizers in due time before the submission deadline in order to get feedback on the feasibility of the proposal. Proposals that include participation from both research and politics/public administration are most welcome.

Contributors will be notified by early June 2013 about the outcome of the review process, and a program for the conference will be launched as soon as possible thereafter.



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