LINGUIST List 31.965

Wed Mar 11 2020

Confs: Disc Analysis, Historical Ling, Socioling, Text/Corpus Ling/Italy

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 10-Mar-2020
From: Katherine Russo <>
Subject: CFP EASA Panel “Australian Languages at Risk: Past, Present and Future''
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CFP EASA Panel “Australian Languages at Risk: Past, Present and Future “

Date: 29-Mar-2020 - 01-Apr-2020
Location: Napoli, Italy
Contact: Katherine Russo
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

**Please note that the conference has been postponed to 29 March-1 April, 2020**

As a time for both recollection and projection, the last thirty years in Australia have been characterised by a reflection on Indigenous and non-Indigenous languages. The debate on World Englishes and pluricentricity has highlighted the importance of contact in language variation and change and has celebrated the existence of “norm-setting epicentres” (Leitner 1992). Linguistic studies increasingly conceive of English language varieties as ‘constellations’ and have demonstrated how contact settings have resulted in the linguistic approximation of several parties (Schneider 2007). Yet the English language has borne the connotation of colonial property since its introduction in Australia: it has arguably functioned as an unalienable insignia of colonial authority. Conversely, colonial language policies have been fiercely directed towards Indigenous languages for they constituted counterfactual evidence to the claim of terra nullius. The National Indigenous Languages Report (2005) has found that only twenty of the approximately 230 Indigenous languages which were spoken in Australia before invasion are still spoken in their full form and only a hundred are spoken by older people. Similarly, the emergence of Indigenous English varieties has been counteracted by several processes of institutionalisation which have attempted to reduce the strength of Aboriginal varieties of English, and there is still scarce recognition of the heterogeneous varieties which form the Indigenous Australian English continuum. The standardization of the settler variety of English as Australian English was mainly achieved under the White Australia Policy, which guided the imposition of the British education system and the implementation of restrictive language policies under the Immigration laws and the Aboriginal Acts until as late as the 1970s. Hence the question of language death, language maintenance, and language revitalization relates to the way in which the past, the present and future is envisaged by Australian peoples.

Panel convenors: Rita Calabrese, Gerhard Leitner, Katherine E. Russo

Call for Papers:

The panel aims to explore the following lines of enquiry:
- Language revitalization, maintenance and death in the Australian context
- Contact linguistics
- Australian languages at risk
- Pluricentricity
- Diachronic and synchronic studies of language variation and change
- The role of adstrates
- Language attitudes and ideologies
- Critical approaches to discourse

Please send a 250-words abstract and a 100-words bio-note to the email address by 15 June, 2020.

The full CFP is available here:

All accepted participants will be expected to become members of EASA as a precondition to presenting their papers. A call for full-academic-length papers derived from conference presentations will be issued after the conference for publication in the Association’s online journal, JEASA.

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