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International Conference on Non-dominating Varieties of Pluricentric Languages
Graz, 11-13 July 2011

Aims of the conference

To date there has not been a systematic documentation of non-dominant varieties and their status in relation to dominant and other non-dominant varieties of the same pluricentric language.

The first symposium of the working group on non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages is an opportunity to document these varieties in order to provide a foundation for the systematic study of non-dominant varieties.

The main objectives of this conference are to document the situation of the non-dominant varieties world–wide in order to identify common or diverging features and to draw conclusions for their codification, corpus and status planning. Furthermore the conference aims to bring together scholars already working on these varieties and to interest others to join the working group and contribute to its research objectives.

Topics:

  • the  sociolinguistic/demographic situation of non-dominant varieties in general
  • the overall  relationship between the non-dominant and the dominant variety  (acceptance/non-acceptance of the pluricentricity of the language etc.)
  • specific language policies of non-dominating varieties in respect to the dominant varieties and vice versa
  • the  attitudes (status, loyalty etc.) of speakers of non-dominant varieties  towards their own variety and towards the dominant variety
  • the  treatment of the norms of the non-dominant variety in education: is it  taught explicitly
  • the  situation of codification and corpus planning – codifying institutions,  dictionaries, regulations governing codification, joint institutions that  regulate the codification (e.g. orthography) across different varieties
  • the  situation of status planning (is there any?)
  • the  educational situation: treatment of the norms of the non-dominant variety in education: are they taught explicitly, implicitly or not at all?
  • the  treatment of pronunciation features and lexical items of the non-dominant  variety in dictionaries and in orthography (adapted/not adapted)
  • the  influence of the dominant variety/ies on the non-dominant variety  (lexicon, pronunciation, grammar, phraseology, pragmatics etc.) and vice  versa
  • prominent  linguistic and pragmatic features of one particular non-dominant variety  on all levels

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