LANGUAGES IN CONTACT 2014
17–18 May, 2014
Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw Branch, Poland
Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw, Poland
Institute of Linguistics, University of Malta
International Communicology Institute, Washington D.C., USA
Languages in Contact is an international conference that aims at integrating international researchers of language, understood as social human behavior. The conference is organized by the Committee for Philology of Polish Academy of Sciences - Wroclaw Branch, Philological School of Higher Education in Wroclaw, Institute of Linguistics of the University of Malta and International Communicology Institute, Washington D.C., USA. Conference organizers wish to address the need of investigating minority speech communities, endangered and vanishing languages, pidgins and creoles, as well as narrowing down the scope of study of cultural practices performed by the means of language and studies through the scope of contact linguistics.
The conference seeks to reach the following goals:
The participants submited articles will be published within the volume of Philologica Wratislaviensia: Acta et Studia series. Moreover, the scope of the conference seeks to establish a ground for new research in the following areas:
“The attempts to classify mankind are numerous.”
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“Of all aspects of culture, it is a fair guess that language was the first to receive a highly developed form and that its essential perfection is a prerequisite to the development of culture as a whole.”
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“The possibility of insult and of humor based on linguistic choices means that members agree on the underlying rules of speech and on the social meaning of linguistic features.”
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“As culture contact is perhaps the most common vector of culture change, the nature of this contact is often manifested in linguistic change.”
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“(…) Linguistic anthropology is a distinct discipline that deserves to be studied for its past accomplishments as much as for the vision of the future presented in the work of a relatively small but active group of interdisciplinary researchers.”
Alessandro Duranti, (1997:1) Linguistic Anthropology. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.
“The development of a comprehensive written visual language caused civilization to grow more complex. (…) Literacy gives cultures the privilege of knowing the past.”
Denise Schmandt-Besserat, (2007: 105) When Writing Met Art. From Symbol to Story. Austin: University of Texas Press.