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Call for papers: 30 years of Linguistic Diversity: Research – Everyday Life – Resources (Workshop at DGfS 2020)

Zuletzt aktualisiert: 15 Jul 2019

Call Deadline: 15-Aug-2019

Meeting Description:

Beginning in the 1990s new terms and analytical approaches have emerged that cover phenomena related to bi- and multilingual language acquisition, language policies, and language planning as well as describing and analysing multilingual communication in various institutional settings. While a wide range of facets of multilingualism and linguistic diversity have been uncovered, less attention has so far been paid to any discussion of how different theoretical and methodological approaches might be systematised and critically reflected (see e.g. Redder 2017, Androutsopoulos et al. 2013). Further, the relationship between research and practice needs some clarification, particularly in the face of demands for „quick responses“. In addition, it seems to be quite unclear in how far research findings are being noticed in practice and whether or not they are perceived as relevant by agents in multilingual everyday life.

The aim of our workshop is to bring different strands of approaches to multilingualism together for a discussion that includes a critically reflected evaluation of existing research findings.

Call for Papers:

Contributions to the workshop will ideally be grounded in concrete phenomena of multilingual communication and ways of capturing those analytically. They will further ask what theoretically and methodological implications and challenges follow from looking into these phenomena in more detail. Particularly welcome will be contributions based on authentic linguistic data that have been collected in institutional settings or are of relevance to institutional contexts. Contributions will be assigned to a 30-minute time slot, including 10 minutes of individual discussion.
The workshop will close with a one-hour plenary discussion that will review the relevance of aspects arising from the contributions to the workshop. For this discussion we will invite representatives from different areas of practice.

Please send your (anonymous) abstracts (500 words max.) by August 15, 2019 to the e-mail addresses below:
kristin.buehriguni-hamburg.de; julia.borowskiuni-hamburg.de; patrick.grommesuni-hamburg.de
A limited number of travel grants of up to 500 Euro each are available for accepted contributions by DGfS members without/with low income.


J. Androutsopoulos, I. Breckner, B. Brehmer, K. Bührig, R. Kießling, J. Pauli, A. Redder (2013): Facetten gesellschaftlicher Mehrsprachigkeit in der Stadt – kurze Einleitung. In: A. Redder, J. Pauli, R. Kießling, K. Bührig, B. Brehmer, I. Breckner, J. Androutsopoulos (eds.): Mehrsprachige Kommunikation in der Stadt - das Beispiel Hamburg. Münster: Waxmann
A. Redder (2017): Mehrsprachigkeitstheorien – oder überhaupt Sprachtheorien? In: Jahrbuch DaF 41, 13–36.