LINGUIST List 27.680

Thu Feb 04 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Gen Ling, Socioling/USA

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 04-Feb-2016
From: Lisa McEntee-Atalianis <>
Subject: A Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals
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Full Title: A Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

Date: 21-Apr-2016 - 22-Apr-2016
Location: New York, New York, USA
Contact Person: Humphrey Tonkin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

The 17th Sustainable Development Goals approved by the United Nations General Assembly for the period 2015-2030 ( replace the eight Millennium Development Goals that covered the period 2000-2015. They aim to engage not only governments, but “all people, everywhere,” at all levels of civil society. Carrying them out will require active, two-way, democratic communication, in a multiplicity of languages. Furthermore, several of the Goals imply direct attention to issues of language. Study and research on language in relation to economic and social development is a well-established field. What does this field have to contribute to the realization of the SDGs? What linguistic obstacles stand in the way of their successful realization?

Call for Papers:

The Study Group on Language at the United Nations in cooperation with The Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems and the Center for Applied Linguisticsinvites you to contribute to

A Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday & Friday, 21-22 April, 2016
at the Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
(First Avenue at 44th Street), Thursday 1:00-5:00; Friday 9:15-5:00

The organizers welcome proposals for brief 20-minute papers on topics linked to the SDGs, such as:

- Language as a factor in sustainable development
- Language as a factor in the realization of the SDGs
- Language revival and maintenance in relation to the SDGs
- Language and quality education (Goal 4)
- Language and mother-tongue education (Goal 4)
- Language and gender equality (Goal 5)
- Language and economic growth (Goal 8)
- Language and reduced inequalities (Goal 10)
- Language and peace & justice (Goal 16)
- Cooperation in the fulfilment of the SDGs (Goal 17)
- NGOs and language policy in relation to the SDGs
- UN language policy and the SDGs

Please send proposals (200 words or less, accompanied by an approximately 50-word biography) to the chair of the symposium organizing committee, Prof. Humphrey Tonkin, at, by 15 February 2016. The committee expects to make final decisions on the program by 1 March.

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