LINGUIST List 30.1831

Tue Apr 30 2019

Calls: Applied Linguistics, General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

***************** LINGUIST List Support *****************

Fund Drive 2019
29 years of LINGUIST List!
Please support the LL editors and operation with a donation at:

Date: 24-Apr-2019
From: Rebekah Hayes <>
Subject: Languages in an Open World
E-mail this message to a friend

Full Title: Languages in an Open World
Short Title: LOW 2019

Date: 20-Nov-2019 - 22-Nov-2019
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Angelika Heiling
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2019

Meeting Description:

The SOAS World Languages Institute (UK), Mercator European Research Centre, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation, and the Plurilingualism Research Unit - treffpunkt sprachen (AT) cordially invite scholars, community organisations and community members to join the international conference on ''Languages in an Open World'' that will take place in Graz, Austria, November 20-22 2019, at the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (ECML).

Although linguistic plurality and the power relations between languages (or rather their speakers) are subject to constant and accelerating change due to global migration and ongoing democratisation processes, the general perception of languages - at least in Europe - still reflects hierarchical classifications based on a 19th century European nation state ideology. Differences in status between languages and the accompanying structures of power, however, cannot be explored through 19th century concepts and terminologies. This understanding would negate all socio-political and socio-cultural developments of the last decades. Globalisation, increased mobility, transnational networking, as well as communication technologies have over the past decades opened up new modes of language use, more complex and diverse power relations, and multifaceted perspectives on language in general.

The conference will bring together scholars from linguistics and related disciplines with an interest and expertise in language and globalisation, with a focus on status and power relations between languages and their speakers and their impact and/or transformation in a world characterised by mobility, increased complexity, and diverse and dynamic formations of cultural, linguistic, and societal identities.

Call for Papers:

The upcoming conference aims to address relevant aspects in relation to status dimensions of language against the background of the ideal of an open, pluralistic society:

- Changes in the linguistic landscape as a consequence of migration and globalisation

- Role and status of languages in pluralistic societies

- The relationship between native languages, diaspora languages, languages of migrants, and majority languages

- Languages and the relevance of ICT (Information Communication Technology)

- Power relations between languages

Presentations will last 30 minutes in total, with 20 minutes for the talk and 10 minutes for discussion. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words, not including any references. Each author is limited to a single abstract, including co-authored submissions. Please submit your abstract through EasyChair (

Page Updated: 30-Apr-2019