Registration for NEWCON2020 open until 30 April

We are pleased to announce that New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020 will take virtually 26-28 May 2021. Registration for the online event is open until 30 April 2021.

New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties (NEWCON) is an international linguistics conference organized by the Linguistics Department of the University of Zadar, the SOAS World Languages Institute at the University of London, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation (CIDLes).

The NEWCON 2020 Conference was planned to be held in September 2020. However, due to the pandemic the University of Zadar cancelled all conferences and summer schools in the 2019/2020 academic year. Consequently, the Organising Committee of NEWCON 2020 decided to postpone the Conference. The Conference will now be held as an online event from 26 to 28 May 2021.

Keynote speakers

At the time when we are witnessing the discursive glorification of multilingualism, which often however officially recognizes only selected (standard) varieties of (national) languages, other languages, varieties and modes of speaking are marginalized and further minoritized. Being pushed to the periphery, their speakers often require additional resources to maintain them either as part of their individual as well as their community’s linguistic repertoires. Capturing a range of factors that lead to language decline, shift and loss has been the focus of scholarly interest for a long time. The conference will be focused on understanding different (emerging) forms of resilience in such speech communities and will offer a platform to discuss new ways in which minority, minoritized, non-standard and non-standardized languages and varieties (i.e. all those that do not function as national languages and/or have no official status) are being used, maintained, or creatively adapted to new contexts, such as, for instance

  • in migrational contexts, either local, regional or (inter)national ones
  • in new media
  • for new purposes and in new genres
  • in new (linguistic) forms
  • in the public space


Registration for NEWCON2020 is free. Please fill in the online registration form until 30 April 2021.

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