PLM2013 Celtic satellite session

Recent work in the sociolinguistics of the Celtic languages

The Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures at the Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland is pleased to invite submissions for a special Celtic Studies Session organized as part of the 44th Poznań Linguistic Meeting. The organizers invite established scholars as well as young researchers working in the field of the sociolinguistics of the Celtic languages to submit paper proposals (max. 300 words plus bibliography) for talks of 20 minutes plus ten minutes of discussion. Please submit your paper proposals using the EasyChair system.

The aim of this panel is to provide a platform for the discussion of recent research relating to the sociolinguistics of Welsh, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Breton, Manx and Cornish. Topics may include, but are not restricted to, minority language rights, minority language planning, minority languages in urban settings and linguistic landscape. We are particularly interested in papers discussing the complexity of language maintenance and revitalization efforts and challenges faced by researchers in the field of minority languages especially.

Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the session organizer:

Karolina Rosiak (karolka at

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Poznań!


Sample references:

Block, D. 2006. Multilingual identities in a global city: London stories (Language and globalization). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Canagarajah, A. S. (ed.). 2005. Reclaiming the local in language policy and practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Chríost, D. M. G. 2007. Language and the city. London: Palgrave Macmillan

D’Arquennes, J. 2010. “Language contact and language conflict in autochthonous language minority settings in the EU: A preliminary round-up of guiding principles and research desiderata”. Multilingua 29 (3/4), 337-351

Dunbar, R., and Parry, G. (eds.). 2008. The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: Legal Challenges and Opportunities (Regional or Minority Languages, No. 5). Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

Garrett, P. 2010. Attitudes to Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grin, F., 2003. Language Policy Evaluation and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Herriman, M. and B. Burnaby (eds.). 1996. Language Policies in English Dominant Countries: Six Case Studies. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Johnson, D.C. 2009. Ethnography of language policy. Language Policy 8 (2): 139-159

Makoni, S., and Pennycook, A. (2007). Disinventing and reconstituting languages. In S. Makoni and A. Pennycook (eds.), Disinventing and Reconstituting Languages, pp.1-41. Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters.

May, S. 2012. Language and Minority Rights: ethnicity, nationalism and the politics of language. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.

McCarty, T. (ed.). 2011. Ethnography and Language Policy. New York: Routledge.

Nekvapil, J. 2006. “From language planning to language management.” Sociolinguistica 20, pp. 92-104.

Nelde, P. 1987. “Language contact means language conflict”. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 8, pp. 33-42.

Pennycook, A. 2010. Language as a Local Practice. New York: Routledge

Schwartz, M. 2010. “Family language policy: Core issues of an emerging field.” Applied Linguistics Review, 1 (1), pp. 171-192.

Shohamy, E. 2006. Language Policy: hidden agendas and new approaches. New York, Routledge.

Shohamy, E., Ben-Rafael, E., & Barni, M. 2010. Linguistic landscapes in the city. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Williams, C. H. (ed.). 2007. Language and Governance. Cardiff: Cardiff University Press.

Williams, C. H. 2008. Linguistic Minorities in Democratic Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.