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Multilingualism across Europe: findings, needs, best practices, 24-26 Aug. 2006

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  • Don Osborn
    FYI, a conference of possible interest next month. Full description, program, abstracts, etc. available at
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21, 2006
      FYI, a conference of possible interest next month. Full description,
      program, abstracts, etc. available at
      ... DZO

      Multilingualism across Europe: findings, needs, best practices

      European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
      24.-26. August 2006

      The linguistic diversity in Europe is a source of richness that is
      highly valued not only as an element of identification. This
      conference on multilingualism in Europe provides a forum for
      researchers from the fields of linguistics, language teaching and
      language policy for discussion and exchange of findings and outlooks.

      Multilingualism is certainly an aspect that will shape the future of
      many parts of Europe. Already today we find many European border
      regions living this multilingualism. One aim of this conference is to
      present research reports and examples of good-practice from such
      regions, where individual and institutionalized multilingualism form
      already a part of their tradition.

      At the same time this conference will be the closing event of Language
      Bridges, a project that examines and puts in contrast various aspects
      of multilingualism in six European border regions.

      Where does motivation for language learning come from? What are the
      needs of European regions in the fields of multilingualism? How can
      experience and the findings of recent researches in language learning
      be transferred to other regions? How much potential arising from
      multilingual situations can still be discovered in European regions?
      These questions and many others should be discussed at this conference.

      Keynote Speakers at the conference will be:

      - Prof. Konrad Ehlich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
      - Prof. Rita Franceschini (Free University of Bozen/Bolzano)
      - Prof. Christer Laurén (Vasa Universitet)
      - Prof. Oskar Putzer (Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck)

      [Submissions were invited] in the following areas:

      1. Language learning and motivation (key words: attitudes, beliefs,
      representations, innovative methods of language learning/teaching,
      BLL, CLIL...)
      2. Status and prestige (key words: status versus prestige of
      languages, language and law, parallel drafting, minority languages…)
      3. Language learning and new technologies (key words: CALL, teaching
      and learning with new methods, electronic dictionaries, internet
      4. Sensitisation and promotion of language awareness (key words: good
      practice, introduction of language projects)
      5. Language Evolution: anthropological and social approaches (key
      words: brain, language evolution, indoeuropean theories, memes,
      co-evolution, language and ethnicity)
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