Managing Multilingualism and Multiethnic Societies and Institution


MANAGING MULTILINGUAL AND MULTIETHNIC SOCIETIES AND INSTITUTION (Faculty of Humanities, Tito Square 5, 5000 Koper – Capodistria, Slovenija, 20-21 June 2011)

Globalisation promotes some devolution of governance to regions and makes international cooperation for resolving crises imperative. Sovereignty is undermined and new ways of managing diversity are needed as new spaces for language and identity open up. Individuals are freed from the institutional integration that structured their identity and relationship to language and culture. Individual freedom makes integration with collectivities a voluntaristic phenomenon. It’s a case of personal meanings and connotation related to the languages and cultures we have learned or we are aware of. New contexts for the revitalisation of regional languages emerge, and there is a demand for global lingue franche, and state non-lingue franche become diglossified. So, technological development for business and the information society and new educational perspectives on multilingualism and interculturalism need to be considered.

At the symposium the following themes will be focussed on in particular:
1. The multilingual policy in European contact areas: language policy at the level of state with special regards to border areas, minority and regional languages and immigrants
2. Managing language diversity at work: global economy and local dimension of language use. Regional languages and “lingue franche” today: demand in global scale and response in local dimension to the language use
3. Languages and identities: Multiple identities within global vision of political, social and cultural cooperation. New spaces for language and identity.

The conference will bring together EUNoM-partners, university teachers and students, researchers from universities and research institutions and other key players in the process – employers; language planners; trade unions; public authorities at local, regional, member state, and supranational levels.

1. Prof. Paolo Balboni, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy; Chair of Language Teaching Research, researcher in language teaching research, intercultural communication, language policy.
2. Lid King, National Director for Languages. The Languages Company, United Kingdom; specialist in language learning, adviser and materials developer, information and advice services developer to business.
3. Colin H Williams, School of Welsh – Cardiff University, UK; expert on ethnic and minority relations, language planning and policy.

The regular symposium fee for external guests is set at €150 and includes:
– programme materials;
– the book of abstracts;
– admission to all sessions;
– coffee breaks and snacks;
– the social dinner.

Information: and in the EUNoM’s website

Summer School Linguapolis still open


Linguapolis, the Institute for Language and Communication of the University of Antwerp, conducts, from 21 to 26 August 2011, a Summer School course on qualitative and quantitative research methods in language learning and teaching: A Toolbox for Design-Based Research

Lecturers are Sven De Maeyer, PhD and Vincent Donche, PhD (Institute for Education and Information Sciences, University of Antwerp).

The course will focus on methodological considerations in designing and conducting empirical research. We will highlight the practical issues involved in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Insight will be given into the most commonly used data-collection techniques such as surveys, interviews, and observation. Further we will analyse how to generate more data-driven conclusions.

The target group are researchers in language learning and teaching who need to investigate user data or results of specific design practices and experiments in a more evidence-based manner. At the end of the course each participant gets a personal consult with the lectures to discuss current research.

The number of participants is limited to 25. Timely registration (or reservation) is therefore necessary. At this moment we still have 10 places available.

Check for more information and registration

Exploring BibTeX and LaTeX: the elegant way for ‘and’ and the floats

I’ve already posted about the problem of ‘and’ in multiauthored BibTeX entries. A more elegant solution to avoid the ‘and’ and have instead a more cross-lingual ‘&’ is simply change the bibliography style: agsm is not very used but work its way — however, the poor personal names of your authors and editors become a punctuated capital, sigh.

Other topic: today I crossed for the first time the following error, compiling with XeTeX (but uninfluent in this case):

Too many unprocessed floats

The shell output requests to see the LaTeX manual or Companion. The Lamport (1994) I didn’t found the solution, rather a quick and dirty explanation is at page 912 of the Companion: the LaTeX buffer holds up to 18 floats, to have 36 you have to require the package morefloats in the preamble.

If there is a float that cannot be placed for some reason this change will merely delay receiving the above eroor. See Chapter 6 for ways to deal with this situation.

Ok, let’s see Chapter 6. Stay tuned for the next post after my reading of the LaTeX grimoire.

Third Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition


FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS for The Third Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition

The Third Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC III) will take place at the University of Copenhagen, June 14-16th (3 days) 2011.

Keynote speakers:
• Lawrence Barsalou, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
• Per Durst-Andersen, Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Rachel Giora, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
• Marianne Gullberg, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
• Hannes Rakoczy, University of Göttingen, Germany

The conference includes, but is not limited to the following themes:
• Cognitive impairment and language use
• Language acquisition and cognition
• Language and cognitive development and evolution
• Language and consciousness
• Language and gesture
• Language change and cognition
• Language structure and cognition
• Language use and cognition
• Linguistic relativity
• Linguistic typology and cognition
• Psycholinguistic approaches to language and cognition
• Specific language impairment

We now invite the submission of abstracts for paper or poster presentations. The deadline is December 1st 2010. Papers will be allocated 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion. Posters will stay up for a day and be allocated to dedicated, timetabled sessions. The language of the conference is English.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words (excluding references) should be sent by email as a Word attachment to by December 1st 2010 (subject: SALC III abstract). The document should contain presentation title, the abstract and preference for paper or poster presentation. Please DO NOT include information identifying the author(s) in the email attachment. Author(s) information including name, affiliation and email address(es) should be detailed in the body of the email.

Notification of acceptance decisions will be communicated by February 1st 2011.

Conference website:
For details of SALC, see: