“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

Call for Papers, conference "Language contact and multilingualism as a challenge for sociolinguistics and theoretical linguistics".

The goal of this workshop, hosted by the 37th Austrian Conference on Linguistics (37. Österreichische Linguistiktagung, 5 - 7 December 2009 in Salzburg) is to bring to gether researchers of language con tact and multilingualism wor king in different theoretical and method ological frameworks.
Submissions on the following topics are welcome: contact induced language change; diglossia, polyglossia and similar scenarios; individual vs. social multilingualism; the multilingual brain; problems of standardization in multilingual settings; syntax and pragmatics of code switching and code mixing; mixed language vs. language mixing; language death and “linguicide”; documentation of language contact.
Each presentation slot will be 45 min. (including 15 min. for dis cussion).
Please submit your abstract (in German, English or French) to imke.mendoza@sbg.ac.at orbernhard.poell@sbg.ac.at no later than 15 October 2009. The abstract should not exceed 300 words.

You will find further information on the conference web page.

New Book: The European Public Sphere and the Media - Europe in Crisis

 This book - edited by Anna Triandafyllidou, Ruth Wodak, and Michał Krzyżanowski - contributes to the theoretical and policy debates on the existence and development of a European public sphere. It presents a critical discussion of the links between media, history and politics in Europe by looking at the re-organization of ideological and political determinants (such as Left-Right or East-West) and debating the existence of a European editorial culture. The volume also examines how international crises have been debated in national media in Europe throughout the post war period. It looks empirically at the national media coverage of eight crisis events: the 1956 revolution in Budapest, the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the May 1968 youth revolt in Paris, the events of August 1968 in Prague, the declaration of a state of war in Poland in 1981, the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the outbreak of the Second Gulf War in 2003 and the Mohammed cartoons crisis in 2006.

Crisis and the Language Industry: 34th IALB - ASTTI Conference

La crise financière apparue au deuxième semeste 2008 a entraîné une crise économique mondiale qui a affecté à la fois la production et les services. La conférence tentera de mettre en lumière l'impact de cette crise sur les industries de la langue, en particulier sur la traduction et ses disciplines annexes telles que l'apprentissage des langues, la terminologie, les resources linguistiques et la manière dont les professionnels des langues font face à cette crise.

La conférence est organisée conjointement par l'Association internationale Langue et économie (AILE) et l'Association suisse des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes (ASTTI), sous les auspices de FIT Europe.

Plus d'informations sur le site de la conférence.

ELF made the news

L’Observatoire “Langue Economie Formation” de l’Université de Genève - dont font partie les chercheurs de DYLAN François Grin et Michele Gazzola - est particulièrement visible dans les médias, notamment grâce à des interviews parues entre autres le quotidien suisse “Le Temps” et dans la revue “Le français dans le monde”, ainsi que grâce à des émissions radiophoniques, qui ont eu lieu à la Radio Suisse Romande (émission “Forum”, du 21 février et du 16 mars 2009) et à la Radio Uno Toronto (émission “Voltapagina”, du 1er mars 2009).

DYLAN à l'Académie Suisse des Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Plusieurs chercheurs de DYLAN vont intervenir dans le cadre de la Conférence organisée par l’Académie Suisse des Sciences Humaines et Sociales, qui se tiendra les 12 et 13 novembre prochains à Berne, sur le thème “Les enjeux du plurilinguisme pour la construction et la circulation des savoirs”.

Research Task 2.3 at the European Commission

On June 15th, 2009, Dr. Michal Krzyzanowski (Lancaster University and DYLAN WP-2 and WP-5) presented preliminary results of Lancaster's research in Workpackage 2 "EU Institutions" at the European Commission, Brussels. He was invited to deliver his presentation by the Head of Unit 'Multilingualism and Translation Studies' of the European Commission's Directorate General for Translation (DGT). The Unit, which conducts and implements results of studies on multilingualism in the European Union and its institutions, is located within DGT's Directorate responsible for Translation Strategy and Multilingualism.  

Further to demonstrating results of the earlier work in DYLAN's Workpackage 2 (incl. media and policy-analysis), the presentation highlighted preliminary findings of extensive fieldwork at the EU institutions undertaken by Lancaster University researchers throughout 2009. The aim of this fieldwork is to gain inside and in-depth knowledge about dynamics of multilingual communication in the post-Enlargement EU institutions. The fieldwork studies how the key EU institutions practice multilingualism on a daily basis (e.g. within regular meetings at different hierarchical levels) as well as construct its image in relevant, internal and external language policies and regulations.

For further information you can contact M. Krzyzanowski by clicking here.  

Vienna team as radio stars

The Vienna team was interviewed by South-Tyrolean radio RAI about DYLAN and specifically about its ELF RT. More information and a web link to the feature in question will be made available as soon as it is aired!

DYLAN on the Vienna University's Newsletter

The Austrian DYLAN team was interviewed on the newsletter of the University of Wien, about the role of the English language in a multilingual Europe. You will find the entire article on the website of the University of Wien.

Call for paper, workshop "Monolingual multilingualism? Standard languages and their impact on multilingual policies and practices in Europe: a historical perspective"

The Berliner DYLAN team (Matthias Hüning & Ulrike Vogl) would like to invite you to participate to a workshop they are organizing as Research Task responsible for the historical perspective on multilingualism. The workshop's title is "Monolingual multilingualism? Standard languages and their impact on multilingual policies and practices in Europe: a historical perspective" and it will be held on October 5th and 6th 2009 in Berlin.

In case you want to contribute to the workshop, the submission deadline is June 8th.

You will find more information on the enclosed PDF document.

ELF and language policy

The “Observatoire Économie-Langues-Formation” (“ELF”) at the University of Geneva pursues its various activities in language policy, with the publication of a major report on multilingualism at work, which is due to appear later this year as a book published by Routledge. The “Observatoire ELF” has also co-organised a conference on “French in University Teaching and Academic Research”. Research results have been presented at a seminar in Paris under the auspices of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce on 8 April and at the high-profile “Piazza delle Lingue” in Florence on 22 May.

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