DYLAN

“Language Dynamics and Management of Diversity"

Cours d'adieu de Georges Lüdi

"Vor überfüllten Rängen hat Georges Lüdi, DYLAN deputy coordinator und Leiter des Baseler DYLAN Teams, am 10 Dezember 2009 seine abwechslungsreiche und amüsante Abschiedsvorlesung zum Thema „Le plurilinguisme comme source d’innovation et de créativité“ gegeben. Wir wünschen einen rundum gelungenen, kreativen und produktiven (Un-)Ruhestand!"

A new European project to protect and preserve languages

An EU-funded team of researchers is targeting the development of a vitality barometer for European languages. This barometer would offer Europeans a reliable method to determine which languages are in danger of becoming extinct. The ELDIA ('European language diversity for all') project has received EUR 2.7 million in EU support.

The researchers from 8 universities in 6 EU Member States are gearing up to launch investigations of 14 Finno-Ugric languages. 'These languages are particularly well suited to the investigations as they cover the entire spectrum of the different minority languages, starting with autochthonous languages such as Meänkieli in Sweden right through to the language of new migrant workers such as Estonians in Germany,' said project coordinator Professor Anneli Sarhimaa of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany.

More information are available on the project's website.

Anne-Claude Berthoud inteviewé par Le Temps

La coordinatrice du Projet, Anne-Claude Berthoud a été interviewé par le quotidien suisse "Le Temps". Cet article - au titre "diversité des langues, un label de qualité de la pensée" - peut être téléchargé directement ici (en format PDF).

DYLAN on the Guardian Weekly

Dylan first deputy Coordinator and WP4 leader François Grin was interviewed by the Guardian Weekly about the emergence of English as a new cross-region language in a multilingual nation such as Switzerland. The full article is available on the Guardian Weekly website.

University of Helsinki dealing with benefits of multidisciplinarism

Integrating results from different disciplines is often a challenge. Within the University of Helsinki research task of the DYLAN project, the researchers in the different fields of linguistics and policy research have faced this problem in a very concrete way. In our practical study relating to the outcomes of language policies in higher education we have experienced that sufficient background knowledge in a field that is not your own requires teamwork: linguists and political scientists need to work side by side in order to gain theoretical and methodological advances in both disciplines. While linguists can analyze language dynamics in great detail by using for instance conversation analysis or sociopragmatics, political scientists can analyze the content and output of policies by for instance different types of evaluation analysis and policy analysis. Both, however, seem to have a blind spot. On the one hand, linguists tend to disregard the macro-level of why a specific policy decision was made and how it related to the myriad of other policies. On the other hand, political scientists tend to disregard the micro-level of what the actual output of a policy entails and what possible covert messages might exist in the policy formulation process. The multidisciplinary nature of the DYLAN project has highlighted issues relating to how language relates to society and how society relates to language by enhancing a much needed dialogue across the two disciplines. This dialogue was presented and enacted by Jan-Ola Östman and Sebastian Godenhjelm at the conference Svenskan i Finland (The Swedish language in Finland) in Joensuu, Finland, 15-16 October 2009.

European Coommission SSH Call

Integrating results from different disciplines is often a challenge. Within the University of Helsinki research task of the DYLAN project, the researchers in the different fields of linguistics and policy research have faced this problem in a very concrete way. In our practical study relating to the outcomes of language policies in higher education we have experienced that sufficient background knowledge in a field that is not your own requires teamwork: linguists and political scientists need to work side by side in order to gain theoretical and methodological advances in both disciplines. While linguists can analyze language dynamics in great detail by using for instance conversation analysis or sociopragmatics, political scientists can analyze the content and output of policies by for instance different types of evaluation analysis and policy analysis. Both, however, seem to have a blind spot. On the one hand, linguists tend to disregard the macro-level of why a specific policy decision was made and how it related to the myriad of other policies. On the other hand, political scientists tend to disregard the micro-level of what the actual output of a policy entails and what possible covert messages might exist in the policy formulation process. The multidisciplinary nature of the DYLAN project has highlighted issues relating to how language relates to society and how society relates to language by enhancing a much needed dialogue across the two disciplines. This dialogue was presented and enacted by Jan-Ola Östman and Sebastian Godenhjelm at the conference Svenskan i Finland (The Swedish language in Finland) in Joensuu, Finland, 15-16 October 2009.


ELF3 Conference - Reminder Call for Papers

We would like to remind your that the deadline for submitting a proposal for the Third International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca is fixed on 15 November 2009.

ForumSprache: new online journal

ForumSprache ist eine neue Online-Fachzeitschrift für das Lehren und Lernen neuerer Fremdsprachen. Sie wendet sich an Wissenschaftler, Studierende und Lehrende und liefert sowohl aktuelle wissenschaftliche Beiträge zur Fremdsprachenforschung als auch Arbeiten aus der Praxis des Fremdsprachenunterrichts.

ForumSprache erscheint zweimal jährlich und ist ausschließlich als Download erhältlich.

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der website des ForumSprache

Training Seminar Culture, Civilization and the World – the Semantics of Globalization

Concepta is an initiative of the History of Political and Social Concepts Group (HPSCG), which organises postgraduate research training in conceptual analysis. At both master’s and doctoral levels, the courses provide a meeting place for established academics and young scholars from various backgrounds and disciplines to engage in conceptual explorations.

The fourth Concepta Research Training Seminar will be arranged in University of Oslo, Norway, January 25-26 2010, titles and abstracts can be sent to Helge Jordheim, helge.jordheim@ilos.uio.no by 1.12.2009.

If you wish to learn more, please visit the Concepta website.

Language on the move - new sociolinguistic portal

Ingrid Piller and Kimie Takahashi, from the University of Macquarie, Australia, found that there is a real need for a collaborative space where research on language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts can be shared, brainstormed, discussed and disseminated. That's why they decided to build this portal, dedicated to issues of language and communication in multicultural and transnational contexts and open to anyone interested in language learning, multilingualism and intercultural communication.
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