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NEWCON2021: New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties


The NEWCON 2020 Conference will be held at the University of Zadar from 26-28 May 2021.

It is an international linguistics conference organized by the Linguistics Department of the University of Zadar,the SOAS World Languages Institute at the University of London, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLes).



At the time when we are witnessing the discursive glorification of multilingualism, which often however officially recognizes only selected (standard) varieties of (national) languages, other languages, varieties and modes of speaking are marginalized and further minoritized. Being pushed to the periphery, their speakers often require additional resources to maintain them either as part of their individual as well as their community’s linguistic repertoires. Capturing a range of factors that lead to language decline, shift and loss has been the focus of scholarly interest for a long time.

The conference will be focused on understanding different (emerging) forms of resilience in such speech communities and will offer a platform to discuss new ways in which minority, minoritized, non-standard and non-standardized languages and varieties (i.e. all those that do not function as national languages and/or have no official status) are being used, maintained, or creatively adapted to new contexts, such as, for instance in migrational contexts, either local, regional or (inter)national ones, in new media, for new purposes and in new genres, in new (linguistic) forms, and in the public space.

Read the full Call for Papers hereAbstract submission will be possible from 1 November 2020 until 15 January 2021


Keynote speakers

- Jannis Androutsopoulos (University of Hamburg)

- Claudia Soria (ICL, National Research Council of Italy)

- Marco Tamburelli (University of Bangor)


More information

You can read all the information about this conference on the website