LINGUIST List 27.2321

Mon May 23 2016

Calls: Sociolinguistics/India

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 22-May-2016
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Language Colonisation & Endangerment: Long-term Effects, Echoes and Reactions
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Full Title: Language Colonisation & Endangerment: Long-term Effects, Echoes and Reactions
Short Title: FEL XX

Date: 02-Dec-2016 - 05-Dec-2016
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Contact Person: Nicholas Ostler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 19-Jun-2016

Meeting Description:

European domination, all over the world, is too recent to be forgotten. But colonial periods extended over different times in different continents: European colonialism had its peak earlier, for example, in the Americas than in Asia or Africa. But colonialism with linguistic consequences occurred also in quite different eras: e.g. in western Europe under Roman domination, North Africa under the Arabs, South-east Asia under Indians and then the Chinese (1st millennium AD).

In the colonial period, how was the use of local traditional languages, and indeed other languages of wider communication, restricted? (Complex interrelations grew up within large empires and trade networks, especially in South-east Asia, India, east Africa and the Americas.) Smaller language communities may have been hard pressed to survive in larger political administrations.

The differing status of languages within a territory may also have been a feature of colonial rule and later political dispensations, since often post-colonial policy begins with a crisis in the choice of which languages to support. Some languages may have had a purely oral existence; but this may have been tacitly endorsed by institutions, or been actively discouraged.

What means were used to channel communication and expression into other languages? We shall consider action on place-names, as well as the roles appointed for languages in the economy, military spheres, public-health policy, education and government, and other features of social life such as cultural activities.

Subsequently, how have language planning and liberation struggles made a difference - positive or negative - to the use and prospects of indigenous languages? Have language and/or education rights, for example, been a useful tool of policy? Has technology - from the introduction of literacy though to mobile phones - played a significant role in changes? Are current norms of language documentation all too reminiscent of colonial attitudes to smaller communities?

Call for Papers:

To examine language endangerment during the colonial era, and the impact of colonization on the subsequent efforts of the independent nations and communities to revitalize their language heritage. The conference will look at continuity and change in approaches to language use.

Submission Details:

Single page abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted by 19 June 2016.
Abstracts received after this deadline will not be accepted.
Abstracts are to be submitted for consideration in English (except by arrangement with the Chairman).
If you are using special (language) fonts in your abstract submission, please make sure that they are Unicode or encoded in your pdf.

Presentations will be twenty minutes, with ten minutes for discussion and questions and answers. Keynote lectures (by invitation only) will be forty-five minutes each.
In addition to the abstract, on a separate page, please include the following information:

Name(s): Names of the author(s)
Title: Title of the paper
Institution: Institutional affiliation, if any
Email: E-mail address of first author, if any
Address: Postal address of the first author
Tel: Telephone number of the first author, if any

The subject line of the email should state:
FEL Abstract: last_name_of_first_author : title_of_paper

The email should be sent to the following addresses:

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence.
Submitters will be informed about their abstracts by 10 July 2016.
Those whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit their full papers for publication in the Proceedings by 11 September 2016, together with their registration fee (to be announced soon).

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