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Final Call: Symposium on Loss & Policy

Garland D. Bills (gbills@unm.edu)
Fri, 13 Jan 1995 07:33:43 -0700


Symposium on Language Loss and Public Policy

To be held in conjunction with the
1995 Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

June 30-July 2, 1995

The Symposium organizers are pleased to report that there has
been a very strong response to the initial request for
expressions of interest in presenting papers. Consequently, the
Symposium will definitely be held as scheduled in spite of the
lack of funds to provide travel assistance. Interested persons
who were unable to respond earlier are encouraged to meet the
January 31, 1995, deadline for receipt of abstracts.

As announced previously, the Symposium on Language Loss and
Public Policy will bring together scholars from different
disciplines to discuss the linguistic, psycholinguistic,
sociolinguistic, cultural, and policy aspects of language loss.
LANGUAGE LOSS is used here in its broadest sense to subsume three
areas of investigation:

(1) the ATTRITION of native language skills by
individual members of indigenous and immigrant
(2) societal SHIFT from the use of the native ethnic
language to the use of a dominant official
language; and
(3) the consequent DEATH of the subordinate language.

There are clear interrelationships among these three areas in the
societal conditions that give rise to loss, in the linguistic
processes involved in loss, in the consequences of loss for
individuals and societies, and in the implications for policy
intervention. The intent of the Symposium is to have the
presenters explore these interrelationships with each other and
with other participants in the 1995 Linguistic Institute.

The Symposium has two central objectives. The first is to share
the accumulated knowledge in the three areas of language loss in
order to arrive at a more global understanding of the phenomenon.
What are the underlying social and sociopsychological forces that
contribute to attrition, shift, and death? What are the
relationships among the linguistic processes in loss? What
aspects of social causes and linguistic processes appear to be
universal and what aspects are language particular?

The second central objective is to examine the ecological
consequences of language loss and cultural disruption. What are
the effects on individuals, communities, and society as a whole?
What are the policy implications of this worldwide and rapidly
accelerating phenomenon? What kinds of information and resources
can be provided to members of the wider community and those
concerned with questions of policy?

**The deadline for receipt of abstracts is January 31, 1995.**
Abstracts should not exceed 500 words. The abstract itself must
have a title. Include with the abstract -- and separated from it
by at least three lines -- your full name, mailing address,
telephone number(s), e-mail address, and the paper title.
Abstracts may be submitted by regular mail, FAX, or electronic

Selection of papers will be made by anonymous review of
abstracts. Submitters will be advised of the acceptance of their
abstracts by February 28, 1995.

In order to make papers available to other participants in
advance of the Symposium, presenters will be asked to submit pre-
publication versions of their papers by May 15, 1995. Publication
of the proceedings is planned. Publishable versions of the papers
will be due at the Symposium.

Abstracts and requests for additional information should be
directed to:

Garland D. Bills
Department of Linguistics Telephone: (505) 277-7416 or -0324
University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 E-mail: gbills@unm.edu

Symposium Organizing Committee:
Garland D. Bills
Eduardo Herna'ndez Cha'vez
Alan Hudson

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