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Contested Languages in the Old World Conference, 9-10th September 2013

1st International Conference: Contested Languages in the Old World (CLOW)

Bangor's Victorian Pier

Only a fraction of European languages listed in the 2010 “UNESCO Atlas of World’s Languages in Danger” enjoy some recognition within the state(s) in which they are spoken. There thus remain many European bilinguals who have linguistic rights only in one of their two mother tongues, often not their preferred one.

This international conference will bring together linguists, political scientists, legal experts, writers, activists and other scholars working on the current status and future prospects of such ‘contested’ languages, as well as on issues of corpus and status planning and how these impact on both the speaker communities and the academic world.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

  • Prof. Christopher Moseley (UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger).
  • Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh)