About the Symposium on the Sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages in collaboration with COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe
Gairm ar Pháipéir / Call for Papers
The contemporary dynamics of the Celtic languages offer a context-specific window into the functioning of minoritised languages and language varieties in contemporary Western society. The study of the current circumstances of these languages and their speakers can illuminate the sociolinguistic factors that shape processes of language loss, maintenance, revitalisation and revival. It thus enhances our understanding of how social actors recruit language in negotiating increasingly fluid social, cultural and political environments. In addition, it adds to our understanding of both language and society in a globalised world.
The second Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium, to be held in Trinity College Dublin October 13th-14th 2016, will provide a forum for researchers working on aspects of the sociolinguistics of the Celtic Languages. Contributions in the form of individual 30-minute papers (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes of questions) are invited for this two-day symposium. Spaces on the programme are limited and priority will be given to members of the COST Action on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges. Papers in the following areas will be considered: Language Acquisition; Language and Identity; Language Attitudes and Ideologies; Language in Education; Language in the Media; (Family) Language Policy; Language Standardisation; Linguistic Variation and Change; Social Meaning in Linguistic Variation.
Abstracts of no more than 400 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on July 15, 2016. Abstracts will be double-blind reviewed and notification of acceptance/rejection will be indicated by August 26, 2015. A small registration fee may be charged, but this will be kept to a minimum.