LINGUIST List 23.210

Wed Jan 11 2012

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 11-Jan-2012
From: Anja Schüppert <>
Subject: Mutual Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages in a Multilingual Europe - Empirical and Didactic Approaches
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Full Title: Mutual Intelligibility of Closely Related Languages in a Multilingual Europe - Empirical and Didactic Approaches
Date: 22-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012 Location: Berlin, Germany Contact Person: Anja Schüppert
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012

Meeting Description:

In 2007 the High Level Group on Multilingualism (HLGM) published a report, which noted a lack of knowledge about the possibilities for communicating in Europe through receptive multilingualism. Receptive multilingualism utilizes the fact that many people can understand closely related languages while speaking their own language. For example, in the Mainland Scandinavian or Czech/Slovak language areas, people traditionally communicate across language borders each using their mother tongue, while still (to a certain degree) understanding the other, closely related language. However, at least some training is usually necessary for communication to succeed in such situations, which means that communication can be enhanced by didactic tools building on the close linguistic relations.

The EuroCom projects were designed to offer such a tool for a fast acquisition of reading abilities in closely related languages (EuroComRom for Romance languages, EuroComGerm for Germanic languages, and EuroComSlav for Slavonic languages). While the didactic branch of studies focuses on developing methods and tools for the passive acquisition of closely related languages, the empirical branch elicits mutual intelligibility of these languages, mostly ignoring these didactic tools and their possible impact on intelligibility.

Plenary Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Britta Hufeisen (Technische Universität Darmstadt)


Sebastian Kürschner, Charlotte Gooskens and Anja Schüppert

Call for Papers:

We feel the urgent need to bring together researchers working on didactic tools and researchers investigating mutual intelligibility of closely related languages empirically, as both branches can greatly benefit from each other's methods and results. This workshop aims at providing a forum for both groups of researchers. We therefore invite papers on the topic both from the empirical and from the didactic perspective. Although we will mainly be concerned with Europe, we also invite papers from other geographic areas relevant to the topic, e.g. Spanish and Portuguese in Latin America.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length. Please send your abstract of no more than 500 words (incl. references) using the Submission tool of the Sociolinguistics Symposium:

The submission deadline is January 31, 2012. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.

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