3rd Symposium 2013 (Charles University, Prague)

3rd International Language Management Symposium:

Special Focus on Research Methodology

Sponsorship: Charles University in Prague & Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
Dates: September 13-14, 2013 (Fri & Sat)
Venue: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, nám. Jana Palacha 2, Prague, Czech Republic

Following on the tradition of Language Management Theory originally elaborated by J. V. Neustupný and B. H. Jernudd, the Third Language Management Symposium, sponsored by Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, welcomes papers on empirical studies of language management, defined as any sort of behavior toward language, in other words, the various forms and manifestations of attention devoted to language or its use. Papers highlighting methodological aspects of the research in language management are most welcome.

About the Language Management Theory and the Language Management Symposium
Language Management Theory (framework/model) (LMT) originated against the background of the language planning theory of the 1960s and 1970s and both Neustupný and particularly Jernudd were originally involved in this language planning research. However, they transformed this research into what has become LMT, followed by new generations of researchers. LMT focuses on the acts and activities (such as noting, evaluation) of individual speakers as well as institutions of varying complexity (families, social and political groups, schools, government ministries, media), with the aim of uncovering the relationships between the activities of speakers on the one hand and those of institutions on the other. Another important feature is that it views linguistic activities in the context of communicative and sociocultural ones (for details see J. Nekvapil & T. Sherman, eds., Language Management in Contact Situations: Perspectives from Three Continents. Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2009).
A theory of such a scope, of course, must seriously address the ways in which it reaches its findings. Thus, the question of the research methodology becomes urgent. The methods used by the scholars subscribing to LMT include some procedures of conversation analysis, various types of interviews (follow-up, stimulated recall, interaction, narrative or semi-structured) and of course the analysis of documents and ethnography in general. Further methods, used only occasionally, include focus groups and systematic (self) observation. The main purpose of this symposium is to assess the effectiveness of the methods used by the LMT scholars when conducting particular empirical research.
The first international symposium on language management was devoted to “probing of the concept of noting”, and was held at Monash University (Clayton, Melbourne) in 2008. The second symposium addressing “norm diversity and language management in globalized settings” took place at Waseda University (Tokyo) in 2011.




Day 1: Friday, 13th September 2013 Room 104

8:15 Registration

8:45 Opening

Session 1

9:00 Richard B. BALDAUF, Jr.

Approaches to language planning and their methodologies

9:30 Hirofumi ASADA

Multiple research instruments and methods: An exploratory study of learning processes by academic sojourners in Japan

10:00 Ryuko YOKOSUKA

The effectiveness of LMT methodologies in studying internship situation interactions

Coffee break (10:30–11:00)

Session 2

11:00 Jiří NEKVAPIL

Micro-macro linkage in Language Management Theory and beyond

11:30 Jinzhi SU

The hierarchy of language management

12:00 Vít DOVALIL

On the benefit of ‘adjustment design’ and ‘implementation’ as theoretical and

methodological guidelines for the analysis of language law

Lunch break (12:30–14:00)

Session 3

14:00 Björn JERNUDD

Language problems and organized language management: A description of language users’ questions to language cultivation agencies in Sweden

14:30 Martin BENEŠ, Martin PROŠEK, Kamila SMEJKALOVÁ & Veronika ŠTĚPÁNOVÁ

Language Management Theory and language consulting interaction

15:00 Martin HAVLÍK, Lucie JÍLKOVÁ & Veronika ŠTĚPÁNOVÁ

Language management in Czech Radio: The case of pronunciation of loanwords and foreign proper names

Coffee break (15:30–16:00)

Session 4

16:00 Stephanie RUDWICK

English vs. isiZulu: Power dynamics at a South African university

16:30 Geoffrey MAROKO

Institutionalising trilingualism in Kenya: A language management approach

Coffee break (17:00–17:30)

Session 5

17:30 Birute KLAAS-LANG

Language policy, linguistic landscapes and sustainability of semi-small-sized national


18:00 Júlia VRÁBĽOVÁ

State Language Situation Report as an ideological source of the official language

management in Slovakia

18:30 Day 1 closes

Day 2: Saturday, 14th September 2013 Room 104

Session 6

8:45 Hidehiro MURAOKA, Sau Kuen FAN & Minjeong KO

Ethnographic analysis of evaluation diversity in language management: A methodological

consideration for the study of migrants in societies of early globalization

9:15 Hiroyuki NEMOTO

Language management through online individual networks of practice: Integration of

quantitative data into qualitative research

9:45 Kamila MRÁZKOVÁ

The focus group discussion as a source of data for language management research

Coffee break (10:15–10:30)

Session 7

10:30 Nor Liza ALI

Utilisation of Language Management Theory in framing interview questions


Conducting interaction interviews via e-mail: Some methodological issues

11:30 Tamah SHERMAN & Jiří HOMOLÁČ

Advantages and limits of the follow-up interview as a method of eliciting language

management in the context of language biography research

Lunch break (12:00–13:30)

Session 8

13:30 Junko SARUHASHI

A case study of positive and negative experiences in stories of language management told by Burmese (Myanmar) restaurant owners in Tokyo

14:00 Melissa Shih-hui LIN

The language management approach in an inquiry of Sakizaya speakers in Hualien City

14:30 Helena ÖZÖRENCIK

Why Turkish children in Prague learn Turkish – research methods for first language

acquisition management

Coffee break (15:00–15:30)

Session 9

15:30 István LANSTYÁK

The strategies of managing language problems

16:00 Lucia SATINSKÁ & Boglárka BILÁSZ

Language management on bilingual Slovak-Hungarian Facebook pages

16:30 Ivo VASILJEV

Making a bilingual dictionary, a case of an LMT approach

Coffee break (17:00–17:30)

Session 10

17:30 Magdalena Antonia REUTER

How language is managed in the reception of a literary text


Bodily Language Experience & LMT

18:30 Closing and departure for get-together party (19:00– )


Local organizing committee
Jiří Nekvapil (chair)
Marián Sloboda (contact person)
Vít Dovalil
Petr Kaderka
Markéta Pravdová
Tamah Sherman

Scientific committee
Sau Kuen Fan (Kanda University of International Studies, Tokyo)
Björn H. Jernudd (independent scholar, Washington, D.C.)
Goro Kimura (Sophia University, Tokyo)
Helen Marriott (Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne)
Hidehiro Muraoka (Chiba University)
Jiří Nekvapil (Charles University in Prague)
Enquires: <marian.sloboda@ff.cuni.cz>



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