Internationale Konferenz

Conference on Perspectives on Language Sustainability: Discourses, Policies, Practices


This two-day conference is dedicated to the presentation and examination of theoretically- and empirically-founded approaches to language endangerment, vitality maintenance, and revitalisation. We are looking into the intricate relationship between a variety of factors affecting language vitality and sustainability with a special focus on their management across diverse policy levels (global, local, individual). We are particularly interested in hearing about how the issues of concern are linked to global shifts in the modes of living marked by precarious conditions either stemming from free-market economy or the global turmoil and unrest destabilising the political orders in Europe, but also globally. Furthermore, we would also like to open up the discussion of what other factors contribute to or are affected by (recent) changes in local language ecologies and, specifically, in small (and endangered) language communities worldwide. Finally, we are interested to hear about various discourses and policies related to language endangerment as well as practices related to rendering endangered languages more sustainable. The applicability of research for social justice is particularly welcome.

The purpose of the conference is to bridge the gap between often purely academically oriented discourses of the endangerment and the role of other potential stakeholders from all policy levels – individual speakers, communities, local, national and supranational governing bodies. Thereby, we kindly ask you to draw on the scientific framework of your choice in a way that will be accessible to a wider audience.

The conference is organized by The Department of Linguistics, University of Zadar within the framework of the project Promoting multilingualism in Zadar: ethnolinguistic vitality of the Arbanasi community (ProViZA) (European Social Fund, HR 3.2.01 – 0347).

Key-note speakers
Helen Kelly-Holmes (School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick)
Dina Mehmedbegović (Institute of Education, University College London)
Julia Sallabank (SOAS, University of London)