Forging Linguistic Identities

Date: 14-May-2018
From: Francisco Martinez Ibarra <>
Subject: Forging Linguistic Identities
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Full Title: Forging Linguistic Identities

Date: 14-Mar-2019 – 16-Mar-2019
Location: Towson, Maryland, USA
Contact Person: Francisco Martínez Ibarra
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Ling & Literature; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Nov-2018

Meeting Description:

The Department of Foreign Languages at Towson University announces a conference, ”Forging Linguistic Identities” to be held on March 14-16, 2019 and invites proposals for papers. The conference seeks to examine language as socially embedded within historical and geo-political contexts.

Call for Papers:

Possible topics might include, but not be limited to:

– Dialects/diglossia and their role in group identity formation
– The standardization of national and/or majority language(s) and its impact on national or regional politics
– Multi-lingualism and its negotiation and practice by the communities of use.
– Use(s) of indigenous languages under transnational states
– National reception of dialect/minority-language literature and verbal culture
– Migration
– Translation studies

The scope of the conference is not limited by region, language, or time period. Proposals involving languages taught by the Department of Foreign Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Ancient Greek, Biblical and Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish) are especially encouraged. Proposals are welcomed across disciplines, from scholars of languages and literatures, education, geography, history, psychology and sociology.

Please send an abstract of 250 words by email to: Prof. George McCool (

Please include your name, institution affiliation, day telephone, and email address.

Please note that Conference papers must be in English and limited to 20 minutes.

Faculty at all ranks, as well as graduate students, are encouraged to participate. We will offer discounted hotel rooms near campus, and a graduated scale of conference fees.

Deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018

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