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07/10/2015 Netherlands Niederlande

Call for Papers: The Effects of Prescriptivism in Language History


Leiden University Centre for Linguistics 21-22 January 2016 Invited speakers Lieselotte Anderwald (Kiel) Stephan Elspaß (Salzburg) Shana Poplack (Ottawa) Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (Leiden) Rik Vosters (Brussels) Language norms and prescriptivism play an important role in many histories or European languages.


25/09/2015 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

The Regional Languages of France: Challenges and Opportunities in the Twenty-First Century

The continuing discussions about France’s potential ratification of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages combined with recent developments about national territorial reforms make this a particularly pertinent time to discuss the contemporary position of the French regional languages. An examination of the place and role of regional languages from a political, cultural, sociological and sociolinguistic perspective adds new insight to the public debate. This conference aims to investigate the challenges and opportunities which the different regional languages in France are facing. It will ask how the position of the regional languages has changed since the turn of the twentieth century and consider how this might develop in future decades.

17/09/2015 France Frankreich

Conference: French, Language Documentation, Lexicography, Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax/France

Subject: Variation linguistique et crowdsourcing : Étudier la variation au 21ème siècle

17/09/2015 Italy Italien

Theory of language and the Debate on Language Origins

The University of Trento (Department of Humanities) in cooperation with the University Ludwig Maximilian of Munich (Institut für Deutsche Philologie) is pleased to announce an international workshop on theory of language and language origin. It will be held at the Department of Humanities (aula 007) of the University of Trento, Italy, from Wednesday to Friday, 18-20 November 2015.

26/07/2015 Belgium Belgien

Pragmatic Perspectives on Networked L2 Discourse, 26-31 July 2015, Antwerp, Belgium

The panel 'Pragmatic perspectives on networked L2 discourse' will examine and discuss the interplay between structural choice, function and context in the practice of interactional second/foreign language (L2) use in Web 2.0, the second-generation web. Web 2.0 has dramatically changed L2 practice. By connecting people, Web 2.0 facilitates multilingual encounters in virtual community spaces where people can interact with others in the language(s) of their choice. 

26/07/2015 Belgium Belgien

The Digital Agora of Social Media. 26-Jul-2015 - 31-Jul-2015, Antwerp, Belgium

The present day participative Internet, Web 2.0, is often conceived as a space for the public exposure of one’s private life. This panel aims to adopt another perspective on Web 2.0. The focus is on how users contribute to public discussions, i.e., take part in the mediated public sphere. The internet and social media consist of spaces of digital agora where social actors cross and blur the boundaries between the public and private spheres, institutions, and everyday life.

20/07/2015 United Kingdom Vereinigtes Königreich

Cognitive Contact Linguistics, 20-25 July 2015, Northumbria, UK

For ICLC 13 (Northumbria, July 2015) we propose a theme session that aims to demonstrate the benefits and possibilities of Cognitive Contact Linguistics (CCL), a framework that imbeds core concepts and theoretical insights of Cognitive Linguistics and Cognitive Sociolinguistics in research on contact-induced variation and change. 

16/07/2015 United States Vereinigte Staaten

New Literature from Europe Festival at New York on 6th and 7th November 2015

18/06/2015 Netherlands Niederlande

Globalising Sociolinguistics. Challenging the Anglo-Western nature of Sociolinguistics and expanding theories

This conferences addresses mismatches between mainstream sociolinguistic models and non-Anglo-Western sociolinguistic settings. Papers are invited on sociolinguistic issues, from various areas in the world, which challenge or expand mainstream theories. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome. Papers will explore sociolinguistic settings in various regions, focusing on difficulties in applying common theory in the region in question, or the need to expand theory. In so doing, the conference hopes to lay bare the nature and the mechanisms related to the named bias and arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of sociolinguistic issues around the world. 

30/05/2015 Taiwan Taiwan

Lingustics Applied across Borders, 30-May-2015 - 31-May-2015 , Minghsiung, Chiayi, Taiwan

The conference theme is "Lingustics Applied across Borders" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme from various perspectives. It seeks to create a platform for researchers to share throughts and insights. The submission of other related topics is also welcome and sessios are encouraged within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Language to Language Learning/Teaching.

29/05/2015 France Frankreich

De quoi l'enfant bilingue est-il capable? Compétences langagières et cognitives de l'enfant bilingue

Afin de présenter l’état des recherches dans ce domaine, la  Formation Continue de l'Université Paris Descartes, du Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception (CNRS) et de l'association CAFÉ Bilingue (Centre d’Animation, de Formation et d’Education bilingue et plurilingue), vous proposent un colloque international sur le thème « De quoi l’enfant bilingue est-il capable ? Compétences langagières et cognitives de l’enfant bilingue 

28/05/2015 Finland Finnland

Receptive Multilingualism: Multilingual Resources in Service of Mutual Understanding, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, 28 - 29 May 2015

Studies in multilingualism and language acquisition focus largely on production. Yet communication and language learning begin with comprehension. This conference discusses the various aspects of comprehension and intelligibility across languages from multiple perspectives, such as linguistics, cognition, pedagogy and language policy.

20/05/2015 United States Vereinigte Staaten

International Symposium on Bilingualism, 20-May-2015 - 24-May-2015, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

The 'International Symposium on Bilingualism' is the main international venue for researchers interested in cognitive, linguistic, educational and sociolinguistic aspects of multilingualism. It began in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1997, it has been held in Europe, Asia and the United States. The 10th meeting will take place at Rutgers University, New Jersey.


Lexicographic conference tackles the standardising of minority languages

On 17 April 2015, the Fryske Akademy is organizing a one-day international conference that will be tackling the role of lexicography in standardisation and purification of lesser used languages.

13/04/2015 Germany Deutschland

Multilingualism in Baltic-Sea Europe, 13-15 April 2015, Mainz, Germany

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Chair in Northern European and Baltic Languages and Cultures will be hosting the international conference on Multilingualism in Baltic-Sea Europe from April 13 – 15, 2015

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Europäische Theaterkonvention Culturelink Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste
EUNIC in Brussels EUROCLIO Mercator europäisches Netzwerk für Sprachenvielfalt-Zentren
Club de Madrid Europa Esperanto Unio - EEU Literature Across Frontiers
European Federation for Intercultural Learning EEE-YFU Europäischer Rat der Literaturübersetzerverbände (CEATL)
Eurolang ALTE Europäischer Verband für Terminologie (EAFT)
Europäischer Verlegerverband (FEP) European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE) Europäisches Forum für fachliche und berufliche Aus- und Weiterbildung (EfVET)
Europäische Föderation nationaler Sprachinstitutionen (EFNIL) Europäischer Verlegerrat (EPC) Europäischer Künstlerrat (ECA)
RECIT Europäische Koordination unabhängiger Produzenten (CEPI) Europäischer Verband kommerzieller Fernsehanstalten (ATC)
Community Media Forum Europe Föderalistische Union Europäischer Volksgruppen (FUEN) Europäischer Verband für Erwachsenenbildung (EAEA)

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