Second Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium in association with COST Action IS1306 (New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe)
Location: Trinity College Dublin
Date: 13-14 October 2016
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 in association with COST Action IS1306 (New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe), 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. 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. The event places particular focus on the dynamics of so-called new speakers of the Celtic languages and the manner in which they negotiate their linguistic environment.