LINGUIST List 26.1078

Wed Feb 25 2015

Calls: General Linguistics/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 22-Feb-2015
From: Carolina Gonzalez <>
Subject: Linguistic Ideology, Language Policy, and Prestige
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Full Title: Linguistic Ideology, Language Policy, and Prestige

Date: 07-Jan-2016 - 10-Jan-2016
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Contact Person: Carolina Gonzalez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2015

Meeting Description:

No language or dialect is intrinsically superior or inferior to another, and yet, because of social conventions, as well as academies and other prescriptive institutions, speakers invest languages with value that affects the way we perceive them. Variations of a language—whether dialects, sociolects and/or registers—may mark the position of the speaker within a sociocultural hierarchy. Usually, in cases in which two or more languages are in contact, one of them will gain prestige and will either be imposed on the linguistic community whose language is considered to have a lower status or become accessible only to a few members belonging to an elite. Governments may influence the use or disuse of particular languages or dialects through language policy or legislation.

Call for Papers:

The General Linguistics Forum of the MLA announces a call for papers for the MLA 2016 Convention in Austin, TX. This panel seeks 250-word abstracts addressing linguistic ideology, language policy, and prestige.

This panel invites papers that address past or present power relations (including standardization) within a language (dialects, sociolects, etc.), or—in case of language contact—between two languages or among several languages. 250-word abstracts are due by March 15, 2015; please email them to

Presenters must be members of the MLA. The General Linguistics Forum subscribes to the policies and guidelines of the MLA. For additional information please visit:

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