5th Symposium (University of Regensburg, Germany)


5th International Language Management Symposium
Theme: Interests and Power in Language Management

Dates: September 12–14, 2017 (Tue, Wed & Thu)
Venue: University of Regensburg, Germany

Interests and power have been long acknowledged as important factors in various approaches in LPP. Despite this fact, it is not an exaggeration to claim that they have been devoted little focused attention compared to other factors such as motivation in or goals of LPP. Though the foundational paper of LMT published by B. H. Jernudd and J. V. Neustupný in 1987, entitled “Language planning: for whom?”, was devoted to the issue of interests, this topic has not been taken up and elaborated upon even in this LPP research tradition. The aim of this symposium, therefore, is to focus on the themes of interests and power and discuss their role and use in language management.


Day 1: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
15:30 Registration
16:30 Volker Depkat (Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Regensburg)

Session 1 – Room H 13
Chair – Sau Kuen Fan

16:45 Björn Jernudd (Washington)
Interests and power in language management

17:45 Jiří Nekvapil (Prague)
“Interests” and “power” in language management theory and beyond

18:15 Jia-chen Chuo (Taipei)
Language management and translation: How companies deal with language diversities in Taiwan

18:45 Day 1 closes

Reception (19:00-20:30)

Day 2: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Session 2 – Room H 13
Chair – Marián Sloboda

9:00 Goro Christoph Kimura (Tokyo)
Managing asymmetry: Why and how ideology matters for language management theory

10:00 Roland Marti (Saarbrücken)
Language management from above (and from below?), from outside (and from inside?): The case of Lower Sorbian after World War II

Coffee break (10:30-11:00)

Session 3 – Room W 114
Chair – Shohui Zhao

11:00 Elizabeth Tso (Tucson)
Conflicting ideologies and social actors: A Hong Kong NGO navigates language policy

11:30 Shanhua He (Yangzhou)
Language choices on Chinese provincial government websites

12:00 Sau Kuen Fan (Chiba)
Management of written norms in overseas Chinese media from the point of view of power

Session 3 – Room W 115
Chair – Vít Dovalil

11:00 Nor Liza Ali (Kuala Lumpur)
Language and power: A case of educational language policy and STEM education in Malaysia

11:30 Helena Özörencik (Prague)
Modernization as a ‘problem of language’: Conflicting interests in the top-down language management in Turkey

12:00 Stephanie Rudwick (Leipzig)
English as an academic lingua franca: Considerations on a South African university

Lunch break (12:30-14:00)

Session 4 – Room W 114
Chair – Halina Zawiszová

14:00 Lisa Fairbrother (Tokyo)
Interests and power in the management of foreign language education policy in Japan

14:30 Hiroko Aikawa (Tokyo)
Learners’ Interests and Interpretation of corrective feedback: A case study of Japanese adult learners of English-as-a-foreign-language

15:00 Hiroyuki Nemoto (Kyoto)
The management of L2 academic literacy socialization through study abroad

Session 4 – Room W 115
Chair – Marián Sloboda

14:00 Tamah Sherman & Jiří Homoláč (Prague)
“They all think they won’t be staying long enough to invest energy in learning the language”: Managing the (non)acquisition of the majority language in an individual ethnolinguistic minority community

14:30 Marek Nekula (Regensburg)
The language management in mixed Czech-German families in the Czech-Bavarian borderland

15:00 Lucija Šimičić (Zadar)
The contested role of standard varieties in Croatian minority contexts as an instance of language management from below

Coffee break (15:30-16:00)

Session 5 – Room W 114
Chair – Hiroyuki Nemoto

16:00 Kevin Ballou (Nishinomiya)
Powerlessness and empowerment: Japanese students’ reflections on their experiences while studying abroad in Australia

16:30 Shouhui Zhao (Bergen)
Language management as an academic subject in China: Keywords to understand Chinese characteristics

Session 5 – Room W 115
Chair – Marek Nekula

16:00 Neil Bermel & Luděk Knittl (Sheffield)
Managing multilingual interactions at Czech heritage sites

16:30 Grzegorz Lisek (Hamburg)
Polish restaurants as places of linguistic management: A case study on cafes, bars and restaurants in Świnoujście

17:00 Day 2 closes

Dinner for participants (20:00-22:00)

Day 3: Thursday, September 14, 2017

Session 6 – Room H 13
Chair – Tamah Sherman

9:30 Jeroen Darquennes (Namur)
Language diversity management in educational settings: The curious case of the Ecole Sainte-Marie in Namur (BE)

10:30 Bernard Spolsky (Jerusalem)
The effect of management agencies and external forces on the language repertoire of Portuguese colonies and their successor states

Coffee break (11:00-11:30)

Session 7 – Room W 114
Chair – Lisa Fairbrother

11:30 Helene Steigertahl (Bayreuth)
The empowerment of Namibians through the selection of English as official language?

12:00 Yuki Takatori (Tokai)
English domination, revitalization of Hawaiian language, and the future of minor languages

Session 7 – Room W 115
Chair – Paul Rössler

11:30 Jan Kruse (Cologne)
The development of the EU language policy and open questions about EU interests and power

12:00 Vít Dovalil (Prague)
Interests and power in language management: A case study on the efforts to strengthen the position of German in the Czech Republic

Lunch break (12:30-14:00)

Session 8 – Room W 114
Chair – Helena Özörencik

14:00 Jakub Kopecký (Prague)
Divergent interests and argumentation in Czech language consulting centre interactions

14:30 Eliška Zaepernicková (Prague)
Managing ‘foreigner talk’: Confronting language policy materials with talk-in interactions

Session 8 – Room W 115
Chair – Roland Marti

14:00 Petar Vuković (Zagreb)
Council for Standard Croatian language norm: Failure of „hard power“

14:30 Nadiya Trach (Gießen)
Language management in contemporary Ukraine: Actors and strategies

Coffee break (15:00-15:30)

Session 9 – Room H 13
Chair – Petar Vuković

15:30 Solvita Pošeiko (Rezekne)
State language center as powerful guard of the titular language in the Latvian public space

16:00 Hala Tawfik Sorour Maklad (Cairo)
Modern Standard Arabic versus colloquial Egyptian variety in Disney animated dubbed children’s movies: A language management approach

Short break (16:30-16:40)

Final discussion – Room H 13
Chair – Jiří Nekvapil

16:40 Final discussion & Announcements

17:15 Day 3 closes