LINGUIST List 31.1241

Thu Apr 02 2020

Confs: Anthro Ling, Socioling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 01-Apr-2020
From: Monika Reif <>
Subject: 39th International LAUD Symposium
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39th International LAUD Symposium
Short Title: LAUD 2020

Date: 03-Aug-2020 - 06-Aug-2020
Location: Landau in der Pfalz, Germany
Contact: Martin Pütz
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

***39th International LAUD Symposium (August 3-6, 2020) cancelled because of growing coronavirus concerns***

New suggested date: March 22-25, 2021

We regret to announce that the 39th International LAUD Symposium entitled “Multilingualism in Africa”, scheduled for 3-6 August 2020 in Landau, Germany, will have to be cancelled in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
We sincerely regret that we will not be able to welcome you in Landau this year. However, as you are well aware, the decision is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. Therefore, unfortunately, as COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in Germany and across Europe, we had to make this difficult decision. At the same time we have now decided to postpone the event to 22-25 March next year. We will post more details as they become available.
Stay healthy and take good care of yourselves,
Martin Pütz, Frank Polzenhagen, Neele Mundt, Monika Reif
(The LAUD 2020 conference organisers)

Original Conference Posting:

Conference topic: Multilingualism in Africa: Language contact, endangerment and
cultural conceptualisation

Scope and aims: This Symposium provides an interdisciplinary perspective on multilingual Africa as a linguistic, sociolinguistic and cultural arena, as well as an analysis of specific linguistic regions in various parts of the African continent. Amongst other topics, the multilingual nature and linguistic diversity of African regions will be at the centre of discussion with a respective focus on languages in education and the issue of endangered languages. The Symposium will also demonstrate the relevance of the cultural conceptualisations encoded in language (e.g. New Englishes) to all aspects of human life in African society. The Symposium is concerned with the sociolinguistic and culture-specific situations in many parts of Africa and centres on the nature and manifestations of the impact of globalisation on African languages. The overall aim of the conference is to explore a wide range of linguistic and cultural phenomena and factors that influence African languages within the context of global change with far-reaching consequences to future generations throughout the African continent.

NB: The Symposium is not concerned with linguistic-systematic analyses of African languages per se, but rather with macro-sociolinguistic issues pertaining to African languages and globalisation.

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