7th International Language Management Symposium
Theme: Standardization as Language Management
Dates: August 30–31, 2021
Venue: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Standardization as a process based on intervening in variation is usually aimed at efficient communication on a larger scale. It not only covers the emergence of standard varieties of languages, but also language cultivation, elaboration of genres and terminologies, and language teaching as well as the development of norms and standards for industry, commerce and intercultural contact.
How far should standardization go? Standards help to measure and to compare quality. Achieving standards in various areas of human activities, extending far beyond language use, has been a product of the modern era. Standardization is inextricably linked with social modernization, i.e. with social and cultural development through industrialization, urbanization, and digitalization as well as political, economic and cultural integration and unification. This era is followed by the pluralization of the existing standards in connection with the post-modernist bolstering of regional and minority identities (Neustupný 2006).
Standardization as a major goal of language development is usually conceived as politically authorized or particular interest groups’ organized activities, but success is ultimately measured by the implementation of proposed standards within the wider speech community; however, such standards may be contested and resisted in everyday interactions. In addition, some standards emerge in a bottom-up manner, stemming, for example, from evolving community norms. For these reasons, research on standardization is well-suited for the language management approach (Fairbrother et al. 2018, Kimura & Fairbrother 2020).
The symposium aims to explore all basic aspects of standardization processes from the perspective of language management theory as well as other relevant theories.
We invite proposals for papers which reflect any topic related to language management and particularly, the main theme of the symposium.
Abstracts (300–500 words) should be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2021.
Conference website: http://lms.ffzg.unizg.hr
For details on previous International Language Management Symposia, please visit: http://languagemanagement.ff.cuni.cz/symposia
Následující Obsah ročníku 81/2020