LINGUIST List 32.541

Fri Feb 12 2021

FYI: ''What’s a language, what’s a dialect?'' - Pluricentricity in teaching, online public lecture, MGU, Japan, 18 February 2021

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Date: 10-Feb-2021
From: Cezar Constantinescu <kongen.meijigakuin.ac.jp>
Subject: ''What’s a language, what’s a dialect?'' - Pluricentricity in teaching, online public lecture, MGU, Japan, 18 February 2021
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The Center for Liberal Arts, Meiji Gakuin University (Tokyo & Yokohama), cordially invites you to the online public lecture

"What’s a language, what’s a dialect? Thoughts on more equitable teaching practices"
(Pluricentricity in teaching, with special reference to German)
Dr. Stefan Dollinger, University of British Columbia

Part 1: The pre-recorded lecture will be made available to registered participants from Feb. 11 to Feb 18 (JST)
Part 2: Live Q&A session via Zoom: Feb. 18, 2021 11:00-11:30 (JST)

What’s a language, what’s a dialect? This seemingly easy question is taken for granted in much of language teaching. For languages that have dominant standard varieties, teaching professionals have usually been content to teach just those “main” varieties. The present talk starts from what are indeed arbitrary boundaries behind the socio-political concept of “language” and the ideologies underlying it. Using examples from European languages (German, English, Swedish, French, Spanish), I will make the point that the inclusion, however small, of features from a non-dominant standard variety in language teaching would not only enrich the learning process but would add an identity-confirming element to language teaching. This suggestion is not intended to add to the already large scope of tasks in language teaching, but to render, via a minor adaptation of the established method, the learning outcomes even more relevant to the learner.

Please register here by Feb. 14 (end of day): https://bit.ly/3ryU02r

The link for the lecture and the Zoom link for the Q&A session will be sent to registered participants only.

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

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)
Language Family(ies): Indo-European


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