LINGUIST List 32.1364

Mon Apr 19 2021

Calls: Anthro Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Doc, Socioling/Albania

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Date: 19-Apr-2021
From: Eda Derhemi <>
Subject: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 25th Annual Conference: Endangered Languages and Diaspora
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Full Title: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 25th Annual Conference: Endangered Languages and Diaspora
Short Title: FEL XXV (2021)

Date: 16-Dec-2021 - 19-Dec-2021
Location: Tirana, Albania
Contact Person: Edmond Cane
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 29-May-2021

Meeting Description:

The Foundation for Endangered Languages and The Center for Research and Publication on Arbëresh (QSPA) in collaboration with the University of Tirana cordially invite international scholars, institutions, and community members working on the revitalization of endangered languages and their documentation and archiving, to contribute to the International Conference on “Endangered Languages and Diaspora”, which will take place in Tirana, Albania, on 16-19 December, 2021. While this is planned as a face-to-face conference, with a possibility of virtual connection for some papers, contingencies are also planned if the pandemic security in December does not allow physical attendance by scholars and activists. We would then reformulate our program as a virtual conference, and we inform you of the change. Accepted papers will be published by QSPA before the conference and will be ready for distribution during the event. There are plans for another peer reviewed publication of selected papers. English is the main language of the conference.

Conference Main Theme:
This year’s focus is on the interface between linguistic endangerment and Diaspora. We invite theoretical and empirical studies that investigate phenomena emerging in this interface. From about 7000 languages spoken today in the world, about half are expected to die by the end of this century, with those most endangered already losing functions and speakers every week. Many of them are languages of diasporic communities. We welcome studies by scholars from multiple disciplines and methods, and also reports by activists, that examine the state of endangered languages in the linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic and political ecosystems of diasporas, especially with regard to the proximity/distance between the communities and countries of origin. The emphasis is on linguistic endangerment as it relates to diaspora communities perceived either traditionally, as crystallized, physically “dwelling” in a country away from the homeland; or, in a novel sense, perceived as fluid, hybrid, “travelling”, transnational entities. This conference is not about the theoretical study of diaspora per se, nor its conceptualization.

Conference Special Theme:
Promoting research and publications on and for the Arbëresh of Italy is the mission of QSPA, the center that hosts this conference. The conference will dedicate a few entire panels to the discussion of the special theme, “The state and study of Arbëresh as an endangered language”. Therefore, contributions to this theme are geographically more focused in the areas where Arbëresh varieties are spoken. However, the special theme examines the same content as the main theme of the conference: the relation of linguistic endangerment and diaspora. We solicit contributions on all matters of endangerment of Arbëresh varieties in relation to diaspora, as well as descriptive or analytical studies that approach the language from theoretical or applied perspectives. Studies from multiple disciplines (linguistics, literary studies, anthropology, historical studies, pedagogical studies etc.) are welcome.

For practical purposes and to create a space of comparison, in this conference we will consider “Arbëresh” to cover a group of four related endangered languages (each consisting of different varieties) that are spoken in different Mediterranean countries: Arbëresh, Arvanitika, Arbanasi, and Arnavutçe (AAAA).

Call for Papers:

Types of presentations:
1. Paper presentations (20 minutes); the presenter submits an abstract of 250-350 words by May 29, and later a written paper of 3000-4000 words (max 10 pages including images and references)
Panels of 3-4 related papers are particularly welcomed. In this case, besides the abstracts for each of the papers, the submission should include an introduction of 50 words in which the goal of the panel and the relation among the papers is explained. One single panelist should make the submission for the whole group by May 29
2. Reports on progress in the field (10 minutes); the presenter submits an abstract of 125-200 words by May 29, and a power point or an outline before the conference
3. Poster presentations; the presenter submits and abstract of 200 words by May 29, and an outline before the conference

Abstract submission:
Submit the abstracts for all the above types of presentations as an email attachment in one single document in which you include:
a) type of presentation
b) title of presentation (and panel)
c) abstract of presentation (see length above)
d) short bio with your job title, affiliation, and experience
to all these addresses:,, and --- Put as email subject ''FEL 25 abstract''.

For more information on submission, please see:

Open list of suggested general topics in relation to the main theme of the conference:
- Forms and factors of language maintenance and language reclamation in the old diaspora communities
- The role of language maintenance for the identity of diaspora communities
- Communities of endangered diaspora languages and issues of identity and identification with the origin in old and new narratives
- Language and religion: history of adaptation, transformation, and loss
- Nostalgia for the “old language” and the “old country” as a factor for maintenance
- Women, mothers, grandmothers - their role in the maintenance and revitalization of the endangered languages of diaspora
- Rebuilding the broken linguistic and cultural bridge through fact and myth – linguistic commodification and authenticity in diaspora communities
- Linguistic encounters of new emigrant groups with their old kin diaspora communities
- The linguistic effects on endangerment of voluntary and grassroots activism across kin communities
- Producing materials for the endangered languages: issues of codification, orthography, dictionaries, grammars etc. and the use of old documents vs. new standards in the process
- Diaspora endangered languages as effective repositories of rare and lost linguistic features
- The effects of cultural and political ties between host and mother states on the endangered languages of diaspora communities - Endangered languages caught among kin-state, kin-minority, and host-state politics
- The endangered languages and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages – the role of host and kin states
- Generational linguistic gap and language schools in the new diaspora
- Endangered languages of stateless diaspora communities

Relative to the main theme, we would also like to underline the strong local ties the main topic of the conference has with old and recent focal cases in the area of the conference: Albania, the country of the conference, the Western Balkans, the entire Mediterranean, and Europe at large.

Suggested general topics in relation to the special theme of the conference:
- Measuring Arbëresh (AAAA) endangerment – the state of the language and differences from village to village
- Factors and agents of maintenance vs. endangerment of Arbëresh (AAAA)
- Case studies on different aspects of endangerment of Arbëresh: domains of use, functions, and linguistic attitudes (AAAA)
- Documentation vs. revitalization of Arbëresh (AAAA)
- The endangered languages and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages – the role of host and kin states (Italy, Albania, Greece and Turkey)

Important Dates:
Deadline for abstract submission: May 29
Notification of acceptance: June 8
Deadline for submission of papers (first draft): July 25
Deadline for submission of final draft: August 20
Registration starts: August 15
Registration deadline for proceedings' contributors: September 14
Registration deadline for general audience: November 21

Information on registration and conference fees coming soon!

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