Date: Sun, 2 Oct 1994 15:18:00 MST From: Garland Bills Subject: Call: Symposium on Language Loss CALL FOR PAPERS Symposium on Language Loss and Public Policy in conjunction with the 1995 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA June 30-July 2, 1995 The Symposium on Language Loss and Public Policy will bring together scholars from different disciplines to discuss the linguistic, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, cultural, and policy aspects of language loss. LANGUAGE LOSS is used here in its broadest sense to subsume three areas of investigation: (1) the ATTRITION of native language skills by individual members of indigenous and immigrant communities; (2) societal SHIFT from the use of the native ethnic language to the use of a dominant official language; and (3) the consequent DEATH of the subordinate language. The clear interrelationships among these three areas -- in the linguistic processes involved and especially in the societal conditions that give rise to loss -- gives a meeting such as this Symposium considerable scholarly significance. The fact that the incidence of linguistic and cultural disruption worldwide is rapidly accelerating also makes the need for such a Symposium pressing. The presenters will explore with each other and with other participants in the 1995 Linguistic Institute the accumulated knowledge in the three areas of language loss in order to arrive at a more global understanding of the relationships among the linguistic processes in loss, its underlying causes, its consequences for individuals and societies, and the implications for policy intervention. Central objectives of the Symposium will be, in light of what is known about language loss, to examine its ecological significance, that is, its effects on individuals, communities, and society as a whole, as well as the policy implications of what is now seen to be a worldwide and rapidly accelerating phenomenon. Another important objective is to provide information to members of the wider community both as an educational objective and as a resource for those concerned with questions of policy. Persons intending to submit a formal abstract for the Symposium should send an expression of interest by November 1, 1994. This preliminary submission should include a tentative title and specification of the language situation(s) examined, the area of language loss that will be the emphasis of the report, and whether the paper will focus on the nature and causes of loss or on the consequences of loss and policy implications. The deadline for receipt of formal abstracts providing greater details is January 31, 1995. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, and may be submitted by regular mail, FAX, or electronic mail. In order to make papers available to other participants in advance of the Symposium, presenters will be asked to submit pre-publication versions of their papers by May 15, 1995. Publishable versions of the papers will be due at the Symposium. Preliminary expressions of interest, formal abstracts, and requests for additional information should be directed to: Garland D. Bills Department of Linguistics University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 USA Telephone: (505) 277-7416 or (505) 277-0324 FAX: (505) 277-6355 E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]