LINGUIST List 27.681

Thu Feb 04 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Discourse Analysis, Lang Acq, Lang Doc, Socioling/UK

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 04-Feb-2016
From: Cassie Smith-Christmas <>
Subject: Small Language Planning: Communities in Crisis
E-mail this message to a friend

Full Title: Small Language Planning: Communities in Crisis

Date: 06-Jun-2016 - 08-Jun-2016
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Cassie Smith-Christmas
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 12-Feb-2016

Meeting Description:

Building on the success of the Soillse conferences held in 2011 and 2015, and a number of FEL conferences (recently 2013 EL Beyond Boundaries; 2014 Indigenous Languages' Value to the Community and 2015 The Music of EL), this conference aims to provide a forum for minority language researchers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to exchange research findings and experiences in order to stimulate fresh perspectives on minority language revitalisation. It will also mark the 20th anniversary of FEL, an organisation which seeks to promote language diversity and prevent or stop language endangerment. In many cases, minority languages are vulnerable and many of them may even face extinction if no measures are taken to ensure their documentation, preservation and/or revitalisation. These measures may involve processes and initiatives of language planning, both in linguistic terms and policy-making, as well as archiving and education at state and community levels. Thus, although not limited to small language planning, the particular focus of this year’s conference lies in issues pertinent to language planning at the meso and micro levels, strategic interventions in support of minority language groups with weaker demographic densities, as well as to minority languages considered 'stateless' and/or without state support.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

- François Grin (University of Geneva)
- Leena Huss (Uppsala University)
- Brian Ó Curnáin (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)

Call for Papers:

Presentations may take one of four formats: paper presentations (20 minute paper + 10 minute for questions); poster presentations; panels; or discussion groups. Both panels and discussion groups will be scheduled for 90-minute blocks in length. Panels are intended to be a series of linked papers on a particular theme, while discussion groups are intended to serve as a more informal platform to raise and debate key issues in language planning. Facilitators are encouraged to be creative in how they mediate the various discussion groups.

Abstracts for paper or poster presentations should be no more than 300 words, not including references. Abstracts for panels should include each individual abstract plus a rationale of no more than 300 words for the panel as a whole. Discussion groups should also be no more than 300 words and should include the names of at least three confirmed discussants as well as the facilitator(s). Participants should clearly mark what format is intended for their presentation under the title of their abstracts. If intended as a traditional paper presentation, please indicate whether or not you would be happy to give the paper in poster form instead. Abstracts addressing any aspects of minority language planning will be considered, but we particularly welcome abstracts addressing the following themes:

- Language planning at the micro and meso levels
- Comparative analysis of minority language and/or endangered language communities
- The challenge of prioritisation in small language planning
- The discursive bias and small language communities
- The need for complementary efforts in language planning
- Sociological theory and minority language sustainability
- Challenges to minority language diversity and post-modern culture
- Causal links between minority language status and endangerment
- Lessons learnt from successful minority languages
- Lessons learnt from revitalisation of endangered languages

Please e-mail abstracts as Word documents to with 'Abstract Submission' in the subject line and your name and affiliation in the body of the e-mail.

Page Updated: 04-Feb-2016