LINGUIST List 25.4302

Wed Oct 29 2014

Calls: Lang Documentation, Historical Ling, Lang Acquisition, Socioling/UK

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 28-Oct-2014
From: Mari Jones <>
Subject: 5th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment
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Full Title: 5th Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

Date: 31-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Mari Jones
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2015

Meeting Description:

Language Endangerment and the Speaker: Alternative Identities, New Speech Communities and Changing Linguistic Norms

Ensuring an increase in speaker numbers is a crucial part of the successful revitalisation of an endangered language. These efforts often target schoolchildren, in the hope of re-establishing communication between generations in the endangered language, and other age-groups, who identify with the cultural context of the endangered language but who may have been denied the opportunity of acquiring it via intergenerational transmission. The recruitment of 'new' speakers can therefore often have a marked effect on the existing endangered language speech community in terms of its social makeup, its identity and its language practices.

Call for Papers:

This conference invites papers that reflect on these issues: To what extent should reversing language shift incorporate identity planning? How do the actors of revitalization persuade members of the 'dominant' speech community that their current identity would be enhanced by its repackaging to include the endangered language? How successful has formal education actually been in both increasing speaker numbers and, crucially, in transmitting the endangered language in a different way? Do 'new' speakers use the endangered languages in different ways from 'traditional' speakers and to what extent do these two groups in fact interact with each other? Do the linguistic norms and practices of 'new' speakers vary from those of the 'traditional' speakers? Does the speech of 'new' speakers reveal evidence of innovative linguistic features?

Abstracts: (200 words maximum) to be submitted via email to Mari Jones ( by April 1, 2015

Paper format: 20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions

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