LINGUIST List 29.704

Mon Feb 12 2018

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, History of Ling, Ling & Lit, Ling Theories/France

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 08-Feb-2018
From: Mariangela Albano <>
Subject: The History of Language Learning and Teaching: Between the Eurocentric Model, Missionary Linguistics and Colonial Linguistics
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Full Title: The History of Language Learning and Teaching: Between the Eurocentric Model, Missionary Linguistics and Colonial Linguistics
Short Title: HLLT

Date: 08-Jun-2018 - 09-Jun-2018
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Mariangela Albano
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; History of Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Linguistic Theories

Call Deadline: 20-Mar-2018

Meeting Description:

The History of Language Learning and Teaching: Between the Eurocentric Model, Missionary Linguistics and Colonial Linguistics
Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
8-9 June 2018


Thi Kieu Ly Pham, Mariangela Albano

with the support of the HTL Laboratory (Histoire des Théories Linguistiques - UMR 7597, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 and Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7), of the DiLTEC Laboratory (Didactique des langues, des textes et des cultures - EA 2288, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), of the « École doctorale 268, Langages et Langues » and of the « Commission de la Recherche de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle ».

Part of the Saturday conference program (Conférences du samedi de l’école doctorale 268 Langages et langues)

This conference will provide an opportunity to analyse the dissemination and appropriation of teaching and learning methods from the time of the great explorations in Asia, the Americas, Africa and Oceania to the colonial and neo-colonial era.

What is the role of our “vectors of education” in the redefinition of linguistic knowledge? What did this redefinition imply? How did the native language and colonial language coexist? What were the effects of this coexistence in terms of writing, phonetics and the lexicon and syntax of the “grammatised” languages? What have the roles of the grammarian and the lexicographer been in this context? What resources were applied to organizing schools in colonised countries? What methods were adopted? Which form of discipline was used? What traces of these processes are still apparent today? How does the linguistic experience of the Other allow us to better understand our present? To what extent has the intrusion of an outside world upset the conception that natives had of their language?

These questions have profound implications. They allow us to investigate the missionary linguists’ role as both prime movers and witnesses in their response to a disparity or otherness which was sometimes recognised and internalised, and sometimes distorted or even denied.

Invited Keynote Speakers:

Joseph Errington (Yale University)
Valérie Spaëth (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3)
Otto Zwartjes (Universiteit van Amsterdam et Université Diderot Paris 7)

Call for Papers:

The organisers invite submissions relating principally, but not exclusively, to the following subjects:

- Collection of metalinguistic knowledge during the Renaissance
- Description of exotic languages
- Transmission of linguistic models
- Intercultural translation and transmission
- Colonial context and its impact on language teaching and learning
- Didactic and colonialism
- Transmission of pedagogical and didactic models
- Relationship between writing and language policies
- Current research on the history of language teaching in the world
- Epistemology and pedagogical practices
- Epistemology and language practices

Abstracts guidelines:

All abstracts can be sent to the following email address:

March, 20, 2018 (max 500 w.): submission of abstracts
April 15, 2018: Notification about the approval of the abstracts
May 1, 2018: Preliminary program on this website

Abstracts can be written in French and English (please provide glosses or translations for examples in other languages). The abstract should have a title, author's name, academic affiliation, and email address.

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