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May 2018

17th International Conference on Minority Languages (2019)

Dear all,

Exactly one year from today, the Mercator Research Centre will host the 17th International Conference on Minority Languages (ICML XVII).
The conference takes place from 22 to 25 May 2019 in Leeuwarden (Ljouwert), the capital of Fryslân, the Netherlands.

We are proud to introduce our plenary speakers:

- Dr. Bernat Joan i Marí
Associate Lecturer, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Catalunya/Spain

- Dr. Lorna Carson
Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

- Dr. Delyth Prys
Head of the Language Technology Unit, Bangor University, Wales/United Kingdom

- Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Director Endangered Languages Documentation Programme, SOAS/University of London, United Kingdom

Call for Papers!


Minority Languages in a Globalized Society

Globalization has affected our world in countless ways. For example, it changed (and still changes) how people do business, communicate with each other and it impacts education and language learning. This is also the case for minority or minoritized languages.

But while the world is increasingly globalizing, minority languages may face severe challenges to survive or withhold their position within a dynamic society.

The few dominant languages strongly influence smaller languages in language use and number of speakers, education and language learning, language policy and the development of language technologies for these under-resourced languages. Some languages are even threatened with extinction. According to the Endangered Language Project, 40% of the languages of the world will disappear due to globalization.

ICML XVII will address the challenges and opportunities of smaller languages such as minority languages in a globalized society. It aims to bring together scholars and students across the multidisciplinary field of minority languages.

We welcome proposals focussing on minority languages and:

* digital technologies
* language use in social media
* new speakers
* migration
* methodologies in minority language research
* language policies and revitalization
* education and language learning
* language documentation and archiving.


Proposals regarding original, previously unpublished research on minority languages are invited in three formats: colloquia, individual papers, and posters. Proposals should relate to one (or more) of the conference themes listed above.

Read the full Call for Papers on our website, or download the Call for Papers as a PDF document. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

More information and contact


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The organisation committee:

Mercator/ ICML
Visiting address: Doelestrjitte 8, 8911 DX Ljouwert
Postal Address: Postbus 54, 8900 AB Ljouwert
Phone (reception): +31(0)58- 213 14 14