Multilingualism as a Resource: Bringing Home Languages to the Fore - CALL FOR PAPERS

When:4 Dec 2017, 1pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Central Lecture Theatres 3,4,5, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney
Who:School of Humanities and Languages

The UNSW School of Humanities and Languages is hosting a one-day symposium in Sydney on 4 December 2017. The symposium will address a broad range of research topics relevant to the study of bilingualism and multilingualism with a specific focus on immigrant languages and their maintenance in Sydney communities. Themes of the symposium include, but not limited to, the following focal questions:

  • How can bilingualism enhance the well-being of children and their families? What strategies are used in multilingual parenting contexts and what ideologies underlie these?
  • What are the social and psychological costs of language shift?
  • What are current patterns of language maintenance and language shift in Sydney communities? How are attitudes to immigrant languages changing in the younger generations?
  • How is multilingualism linked with social justice in everyday life?
  • What attitudes do emerging (particularly refugee) communities have towards their language resources?
  • How can policies support the maintenance and intergenerational transmission of immigrant and other heritage languages?
  • How can we enhance the awareness of the benefits of multilingualism in lesser known languages and in refugee communities?
  • What works best in bottom-up language planning initiatives?
  • How are language attitudes linked to attitudes to immigrants and refugees?
  • How are urban spaces changing to allow for multilingual practices? How do speakers negotiate space for their languages?

Submission guidelines

Symposium Date: 4 December 2017

Location: UNSW Sydney, Kensington Campus

Registration fee: This is a free event funded by the School of Humanities and Languages, UNSW Sydney. Funded spaces are limited.


Abstract due 13 October 2017, please send a 100-word abstract and a 30-word bio note to Aniko Hatoss, please include ABSTRACT MS UNSW in the subject line.

Abstract acceptance by 27 October 2017

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