LINGUIST List 27.960

Wed Feb 24 2016

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Croatia

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 24-Feb-2016
From: Klara Bilić Meštrić <>
Subject: Perspectives on Language Sustainability: Discourses, Policies and Practices
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Full Title: Perspectives on Language Sustainability: Discourses, Policies and Practices
Short Title: ProViZA

Date: 16-Sep-2016 - 17-Sep-2016
Location: Zadar, Croatia
Contact Person: Klara Bilić Meštrić
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

This two-day conference will be dedicated to the presentation and examination
of theoretically and empirically founded approaches to language endangerment,
vitality maintenance, and revitalization. We will be looking into the
intricate relationship between a variety of factors affecting language
vitality and sustainability with a special focus on their management across
diverse policy levels (global, local, individual). We are particularly
interested in hearing about how the issues of concern are linked to global
shifts in the modes of living marked by precarious conditions either stemming
from free-market economy or the global turmoil and unrest destabilising the
political orders in Europe, but also globally. Besides, we would also like to
open up the discussion of what other factors contribute to or are affected by
(recent) changes in local language ecologies and, specifically, in small (and
endangered) language communities worldwide. Finally, we are interested to hear
about various discourses and policies related to language endangerment as well
as practices related to rendering endangered languages more sustainable. The
applicability of research for social justice is particularly welcome.

The purpose of the conference is to bridge the gap between often purely
academically oriented discourses of the endangerment and the role of other
potential stakeholders from all policy levels – individual speakers,
communities, local, national and supranational governing bodies. Thereby, we
kindly ask you to draw on the scientific framework of your choice in a way
that will be accessible to a wider audience.
The conference is organized by The Department of Linguistics, University of
Zadar in the framework of the project Promicanje višejezičnosti u Zadru:
etnojezični vitalitet Arbanasa / Promoting multilingualism in Zadar:
ethnolinguistic vitality of the Arbanasi community (ProViZA) (European Social
Fund, HR 3.2.01 – 0347).

Key-note speakers:

Helen Kelly-Holmes (School of Languages, Literature, Culture and
Communication, University of Limerick)
Dina Mehmedbegović (Institute of Education, University College London)
Julia Sallabank (SOAS, University of London)

Call for Papers:

Linguists, language activists and practitioners, (language) policy makers, and
endangered community members are invited to submit abstracts of original
empirically- or theoretically-driven research and/or analysis of specific
practices in the context of language maintenance and revitalization efforts.
Abstracts should be between 300 and 500 words long and should include up to
five keywords.

The following information should be included in the body of your e-mail
message: the title of your paper as well as the name, affiliation, and e-mail
address of the author and co-authors.

The Conference language is English.

Please send your abstracts and a short bio (ca. 100 words) to by 15 April 2016.

The number of accepted contributions will be limited due to the time
constraints of the conference. The prospective speakers will be informed about
the outcome of their application by 15 May 2016.

No conference fee will be charged.

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