Workshop on European experiences of ‘good’ language, ‘bad language’, and (the) standard language ideology in multilingual communities (University of Nottingham)

A workshop on European experiences of ‘good’ language, ‘bad language’, and (the) standard language ideology in multilingual communities, past and present will take place July 6-7, 2017, at the University of Nottingham. 

This workshop aims to bring together people who are interested in both standard language ideology and multilingualism and the relationship between them, whether from a synchronic or diachronic viewpoint. See below for confirmed speakers. Registration details will be made available in May, but please save the date! The workshop is part of the AHRC-funded project Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies ( , Strand 2: Standard languages, norms and variation: comparative perspectives in multilingual contexts.

There are a limited number of slots available for additional contributions to the programme of this workshop, and we welcome expressions of interest, particularly from PhD students and early career researchers. Please submit a 250-300 word abstract and a two-sentence biography to by April 30th, 2017. 

Confirmed speakers include:

John Bellamy (Cambridge): Reshaping the standard. Resistance to norms in the language practices of young people in a linguistically diverse urban context in Germany

Raphael Berthele (University of Fribourg, Swizterland): The Selective Celebration of Linguistic Diversity. Swiss Educational Policy Discourse between Romanticism and Rationalism

Jennifer Burns (Warwick): ‘Arabising Italian? Migration literature as multilingual transaction’

Wini Davies (Aberystwyth): Linguistic norms and norm transmission in the classroom: theory and practice in Germany and German-speaking Switzerland

Feargas Denman (Trinity College, Dublin): Collaboration, Calibration, Correction: Russian-speaking Identities and the Russian Language’s Identity in Ireland

Katie Harrison (University of Nottingham): Language ideologies and practices in Ukrainian Complementary Schools in the United Kingdom

Jing Huang (University of Birmingham): A heteroglossic language ecology in a Birmingham Chinese complementary school: past and present

Jonathan Kasstan (QMUL): Exploring standardisation and sociolinguistic authenticity among speakers of a contested language – the case of Francoprovençal

Noel Ó Murchadha (Trinity College Dublin): Good and bad language in a minority language setting: Irish in bilingual Ireland

Darren Paffey (University of Southampton): Empowerment or control? Standard language ideology and multilingual migrants in London

Naomi Wells (IMLR, University of London): Mediating Between Home and School: Migrant Cultural Associations in Bologna and the Teaching of the ‘Mother Language’