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16th EFNIL Conference, Amsterdam

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The European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL)

announces the

16th Annual conference of EFNIL

in Amsterdam on 10, 11 and 12 October 2018

hosted by the Nederlandse Taalunie (the Union for the Dutch language) and Instituut voor de Nedelandse Taal (INT; the Institute for the Dutch language)

The theme of the conference will be:

Language variation: 

a factor of increasing language complexity and a challenge for language policy within Europe

Wednesday 10 October


14.00 – 16.00: Arrival of delegation members – registration – coffea/tea and lunch

16.00 – 17.30: General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 1)

19.00: Welcome reception and walking dinner at De Brakke Grond


Thursday 11 October


·    09.30-10.00: Registration – coffee/tea


·    10.00 – 11.30 Opening session

Welcome address by Frieda Steurs, Director of INT, and Hans Bennis, Secretary-general of Taalunie

Addresses by:

Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Axel Buyse, Representative of the Flemish Government of Belgium in the Netherlands

Florika Fink-Hooijer, DG of SCIC, European Commission

Gerhard Stickel, President of EFNIL: introduction to the conference


·     11.30 – 11.45 Mini break – coffee / tea break

·     11.45 – 13.15 Thematic session 1 Language internal variation

Ranko Bugarski: Past and current developments involving pluricentric Serbo-Croatian and its official heirs

Jasna Vlajić-Popović: The Name of the Rose. The Case of Serb(o-Croat)ian

Ari Páll Kristinsson: Standards and Style: on language-internal variation in Modern Icelandic

Moderation: Ina Druviete


·    13.15 – 14.15 Lunch break


·    14.15 – 15.45 Thematic session 2 Variation between different languages

René de Groot: The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Amira-Louise Ouardalitou: Lëtzebuergesch, Français and Deutsch in the Everyday Life of Luxembourg

Matthias Grünert: Challenges faced by schools in the Romansh speaking area of Grisons of Switzerland

Moderation: NN


·    15.45 – 16.15 Coffee/tea break


·    16.15 – 17.45 Thematic session 3 Implications for language policies & practices

Massimiliano Spotti: Is a ‘new speaker for Europe’ a valid answer to present-day globalisation induced language inequality?

Wendy Ayres-Bennet: Standard languages, norms and variation: new perspectives within a multilingual research project

Loic Depecker: L'aménagement d'une langue multipolaire : l'exemple du français (The care for a multipolar language: the example of French)

Moderation: NN


·    18.45 Gathering at hotel’s information desk


·    19.00 Evening event with conference dinner 


Friday 12 October

·    09.00 – 10.30 Thematic session 4 Language internal variation

Ulrich Ammon: From a Village Outlook to a Global Overview – My life with German Language Variation

Jutta Ransmayr: Language-internal multilingualism in Austria

Reinhild Vandekerckhove & Hans Bennis: How to deal with language variation in Dutch? Implications of the renewed language policy of the Dutch Language Union

Moderation: NN


·    10.30 – 11.00 Coffee/tea break


·    11.00 – 13.00 Thematic session 5 Implications for language policies & practices

Helder De Schutter: Linguistic Justice for Non-Native Speakers of English

Sofia Tingsell: Relating to the New. Questions and answers on a multilingual Sweden in the counselling work of the Swedish Language Council

Kris Heylen: The case of Dutch. Providing the Corpus Infrastructure, Analytic Expertise and Descriptive Resources for Variation Research in a Pluricentric Language

Adam Pawłowski, Linguistic landscape of contemporary Poland: return to the future?

Moderation: NN

13.00 – 14.00 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 2 Election of a new Excecutive Committee) with coffee/tea and lunch in between. For delegates that have to leave before the end there will be a packed lunch available.

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