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Sociolinguistic Society (SS19), Berlin (August 2012)
In August 2012, LPReN will host a four-part thematic session over three days at the 19th Sociolinguistics Symposium in Berlin, Germany. The over-arching thematic session, Language in Multilingual Cities, will include presentations by 29 international scholars representing 17 countries. Subthemes within the larger LPReN thematic session include Globalization and Language in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. David Block; Linguistic Landscape and Identity in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Elana Shohamy; Language Policy in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Bernard Spolsky; and Immigration and Education in the Multilingual City, chaired by Dr. Terrence Wiley.

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American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) In Boston (March 2012), LPREN convened an Advisory Committee Meeting at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) Conference.


3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity (LED 2011)
November 22 - 25, 2011

University of Auckland, New Zealand
This international conference focuses specifically on the impact of increased cultural linguistic diversity, at both the national and supranational levels, and its consequences for the theory, policy, and practice of language education.

For details of the conference, visit the conference website.

Featured presentations

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
LPREN Colloquium: Gaps Between Research Evidence and Language Education Policy

Bernard Spolsky and Terrence Wiley
1:40 – 4:55 pm

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Assessing Educational Language Rights in the United States: Two Steps Back – One Forward

Terrence Wiley
11:20 – 11:50 am

Read the full conference program.

Language and Educational Development (LED) Conference, Auckland (November 2011)
Bernard Spolsky and Terrence Wiley co-chaired the Colloquium “Gaps between research evidence and language education policy: Some examples” with Richard Benton as Discussant at the Language and Educational Development (LED) Conference in Auckland, New Zealand (November, 2011). This Colloquium brought together eight international presenters to discuss the need to include social and political knowledge in language policy.

16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics – AILA 2011 Theme: Harmony in diversity: language, culture, society Beijing China on August 23-28, 2011

LPREN Colloquium: Promoting Language Harmony through Language Management: Fundamental Issues in Multilingual Societies
Organizers: Terrence Wiley and Bernard Spolsky

Visit the AILA 2011 website.

International Association of Applied Linguistics, August 2011 Beijing, China

In keeping with the theme of the Congress, the LPREN symposium aimed to harmonize the views of Eastern and Western scholars, or at least clarify the differences between these views. Simply put, contributors commented on two fundamental questions. 1. Can languages be managed? This has two subordinate questions: to which varieties of language does it apply (literary languages, standard languages, sacred languages, vernacular varieties, dialects, trans-languaging, etc.) and what is meant by managing? 2. Should languages be managed? In fact, is a language variety rather than speakers of a variety the appropriate goal for language management? Participants were invited to answer these questions in the light of the sociolinguistic ecology of their own region and applying the principles that they and their colleagues consider reasonable for approaches to language policy.

The co-organizers of the symposium were Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University, and Terrence G. Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA.  Wiley served as Colloquium Chair.

Presentation titles, presenters, and affiliations are listed below:

1) Tensions and conflicts in China's language policies and practices, Li Wei, Birkbeck College, University of London, England and Xu Daming, Nanjing University

2) Language Planning and Harmonious Sociolinguistic Life: China as a Case, Minglang Zhou, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

3) Você pode falar o inglês?: Mismanagement of linguistic resources by a Japanese local government, Masaki Oda, College of Humanities, Tamagawa University, Tamagawa Gakuen, Machida, Tokyo, Japan

4) Standards of English Managed by Gatekeepers in the Workplace and the Realities, Saran Kaur Gill and Yuen Chee Keong, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Malaysia

(Both presenters were unable to attend but Terrence Wiley presented their paper in absentia)

5) Promoting ethnic harmony after ethnic violence – what role for language management in multilingual Kenya?, Maik Gibson, SIL International & Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya

(Maik Gibson was unable to attend)

6) Challenges of Multilingualism and its Management in China, Zhang Zhiguo, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai, China

Presenter 1: Li Wei and Xu Daming
Title: Tensions and conflicts in China's language policies and practices

Birkbeck College, University of London and Nanjing University

MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism

The Second International MIDP symposium was held at the University of Antwerp, Belgium in November 2009. The symposium formed part of the colloquia series organised by the Unit for Language Management (University of the Free State, RSA) in association with the Department of Linguistics (University of Antwerp) and the Department of African Languages & Cultures (Ghent University) and was sponsored by the Province of Antwerp, Flanders.

Contact Theodorus du Plessis for details at

AILA Essen 200815th World Congress of Applied Linguistics
Essen, Germany from August, 24-29 2008.

The conference theme was "Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities." The congress was organized by the German Association of Applied Linguistics (GAL e.V.), the University of Duisburg-Essen, Congress Centre Essen (CCE), and further partners.
All those interested in receiving regular updates on the conference via our electronic newsletter are invited to contact the conference office at

ICL 2008
18th International Congress of Linguists

July 21-26 at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea.

Conference website:

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16 Congreso de Hispanistas Alemanes
Section 17. Located in Dresden, this conference will be about language policy in Latin America.
28 - 31 March 2007


Fifth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism
University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
The Fifth International Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism was held at the University of Stirling, Scotland on 3, 4, 5 September 2007.

Plenary Speakers:

The local organizer is:
Charlotte Kemp

Institute of Education
University of Stirling
Scotland FK9 4LN

Conference website:
Jasone Cenoz (one of the founders of L3) was the LPREN liaison for this conference.


Language, Education and Diversity 2007
2nd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity

The conference focused on language and education, with particular reference to addressing/accommodating diversity. Within this broad focus, there were specific streams on:

Keynote speakers for the LED 2007 Conference include:

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Contact the conference organisers:

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16th Sociolinguistics Symposium
Limerick, Ireland
Thursday, July 6, 2006, 17:00 to 18:15 In the Northern Hemisphere

Conference website:

The Network sponsored an open discussion on the responsibilities of Language Policy scholars. It was chaired by Bernard Spolsky. Durk Gorter, Nancy Hornberger, Gabrielle Hogan-Brun, Donna Patrick, Alistair Pennycook, Elana Shohamy started with 5 minute statements. An open discussion was followed by a brief business meeting of the Network. It took place in the Southern Hemisphere, at the ALAA Congress  in Brisbane, Friday 7 July 13:30 15:30

Conference Website:


Joshua A. Fishman's 80th Brithday
Sunday, September 10, 2006, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hillel at Steinhardt Hall, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Address on South Africa by Nkonko Kamwangamalu

Speakers: Stanton Wortham, Courtney Cazden, Dell Hymes, William Labov, Itzik Gottesman, Penelope Poutu, Hinurewa Poutu, Toni Waho, Francis M. Hult, Naomi Prawer Kadar, Shuhan Wang, Kendall King, John Baugh, Shirley Brice Heath, and Joshua Fishman

Symposium website:

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