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Changing Linguistic Landscapes: Languages, Law and Multilingualism in Context

27 September 2012, Mariehamn, Åland Islands Peace Institute

The European linguistic landscape is experiencing a profound transformation. Innovations and changes in language policies, education, migration patterns etc. challenge and change the roles and functions of languages within and between states, ethnic groups and nations. All these problems are researched by the FP7-SSH funded interdisciplinary project ELDIA (European Language Diversity for All) aimed at reconceptualizing, promoting and re-evaluating individual and societal multilingualism.

Organised by ELDIA, this open conference is aimed at researchers and others interested in languages, language policies, language regulations, language education and the changing roles and functions of languages within and between states and ethnic groups. The following (sub)topics will be discussed at the conference:

  1. Conceptualisations of 'language' in law and other fields
  2. Recent developments in language policy and legislation in Europe
  3. Language regulations and policy in autonomous regions
  4. Language regulation and practice in the private sphere
  5. Entrenching multilingualism in and through law
  6. Language requirements in citizenship procedures