LINGUIST List 32.326

Tue Jan 26 2021

Confs: Anthro Ling, Lang Doc, Socioling/Poland or Online

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Date: 26-Jan-2021
From: Maciej Mętrak <>
Subject: Conventional and unconventional ways of transmitting and revitalizing minoritized languages
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Conventional and unconventional ways of transmitting and revitalizing minoritized languages
Short Title: CUWTRML

Date: 08-Sep-2021 - 09-Sep-2021
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Contact: Maciej Mętrak
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

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

Meeting Description:

Originally planned for 2020, the event was postponed and will take place in September 2021 (in a hybrid or virtual form if needed).

Over the last few decades, we can observe a great interest in sustaining the linguistic diversity of the world. Not only are there a growing number of language activists and activities aimed at protecting minority languages at the legal level so that they are recognized by states and dominant communities, but also to maintain them in use and to reinstate their lost domains of usage. Scholars researching language shift and loss, language revival and revitalization underline that the chosen strategy and its effectiveness depend on multiple factors, such as the ethnolinguistic vitality of a speech community, the level of language loss, language attitudes and language trauma. All these factors influence (potential) speakers’ opportunities, capacity and motivation to use and to transmit the language which always has a lower position on the linguistic market than the dominant languages.

The aim of language revitalization is ‘to bring a language back to some level of use within their communities after a period of reduction in usage’ (Hinton, 2011, p. 291). Hence, it demands looking for new speakers and new domains of its use. Family language transmission is perceived to be a crucial factor in sustaining minority languages. Yet, where the intergenerational transmission has been disrupted, it is also the most difficult to achieve. In today’s context, both conventional and unconventional ways of minority language transmission should be appreciated. Minority language communities, speakers and language activists invent new ways of transmitting the language concerned.

The aim of this conference, then, is to explore these ways of transmitting minority and minoritized languages and discuss different aspects of language revitalization and maintenance.

The conference is open to researchers, PhD students and stakeholders from across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages.

Program Information:

The Conference Keynote speakers are:
- Dr. Mary Linn, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.
- Prof. Justyna Olko, Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw, Poland
- Dr. Claudia Soria, CNS, Pisa, Italy
- Prof. Michael Hornsby, UAM, Poland

You can find information on the Conference here:

Full conference fee 100 euro and reduced fee of 60 euro for PhD students covers conference materials, drinks and lunches during the daytime. Social dinner will be paid additionally.

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