6th World Conference on Pluricentric Languages and their Non-Dominant Varieties 2018: Pluricentric Languages in Europe in Contact and Conflict

Country: Slovakia

City: Nitra

Abstr. due: 15.03.2018

Dates: 21.06.18 — 23.06.18

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

Organizing comittee e-mail: [email protected]

Organizers: Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra


The conference is as the five previous ones - devoted to the description of pluricentric languages and in particular of non-dominant national varieties of plc. languages and continues its work set up by the concepts outlined in Kloss (1951/1978) and in particular by Clyne (1992).

The WGNDV focuses on the promotion of the theory of pluricentric languages by its worldwide perspective and on varieties that are small by the number of their speakers and their symbolic power, and are not the primary norm-setting centres of the language. They may often be falsely attributed the status of a ''Dialekt'', and often have little or no codification of their norms.

The previous conferences of the WGNDV (see www.pluricentriclanguages.org/) have shown that non-dominant varieties around the world have many linguistic and sociolinguistic features in common. We would therefore like to deepen our knowledge and invite scholars from around the world to take part in the conference and give insight into the situation and features of as many nd-varieties and pluricentric languages as possible.

Objectives of the 6th conference:

The WGNDV wishes to continue in the line of the previous conferences and to extend the scope of its research. This time the conference will try to focus on the influence of geographic aspects on the modelling of dominant and non-dominant varieties to further advance the understanding of whether geographically contiguous varieties follow the same pathways in their affirmation as own varieties as do geographically separated ones (e.g. European and Brazilian Portuguese).

Conference Web-Site: http://www.pluricentriclanguages.org/ndv-conf-nitra-2018/