Minority Languages in the Digital Age. Usage, Maintenance and Teaching

Digital Lecture,International conference

The conference will focus on the impact of digital media on speakers of smaller languages, drawing on case studies from Fa-roese, Frisian, Gaelic, Low German, Sorbian and Welsh.
In addition to the discussion of the general opportunities and challenges of digital communication, we will debate how digital media can be successfully applied for the lear-ning and teaching of smaller and potentially endangered languages.

Please note that the program on Saturday has changed a bit (updated on 7 December 2020).

All times are in Central European Time (CET).
Friday, Dezember 11
9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.Opening and Welcome

Panel I: Introduction
9.30 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Minority Languages, Digital Technology and Emerging Hierarchies of Knowledge (Helen Kelly-Holmes, Limerick)
10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Break
11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. MoCoDa 2: A database for research and teaching of language and interaction in mobile messaging communication (Evelyn Ziegler, Duisburg-Essen)
11.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Regional Language Maintenance and the Importance of Digital Domains (Marco Tamburelli, Bangor)
12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Break

Panel II: Frisian Perspectives
1.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m. Frisian on Social Media: Language Usage Patterns among Frisian-Dutch Bilingual Teenagers (Lysbeth Jongbloed-Faber, Maastricht)
1.30 p.m. - 2.00 p.m. Usage of North Frisian in Social Media: In Search of Computer Mediated Communication in a Very Small Language  (Hauke Heyen, Flensburg)
2.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Break

Panel III: Welsh Perspectives
2.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. Mobile Applications in Minority Languages: Reflections from Wales (Daniel Cunliffe, Treforest)
3.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Language, Education and Community in the Digital Age: A Welsh Case Study (Cynog Prys & Rhian Hodges, Bangor)
3.30 p.m. - 4.00 p.m. Basic Language Technologies - Infrastructure for Minority Languages (Delyth Prys, Bangor)
4:00 p.m. - 4.30 p.m. Break

Panel IV: Low German Perspectives
4.30 p.m. - 5.00 p.m. Webinars in extracurricular Low German teaching (Birte Arendt & Ulrike Stern, Greifswald)
5.00 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. New and old speakers of Low German on Facebook (Gertrud Reershemius, Birmingham)
5:30 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. Break

6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Public Key Note Lecture
Minderheitensprachen und das Internet: Segen und Fluch zugleich
Dr. Mandana Seyfeddinipur (University of London)
Moderation: Privatdozentin Dr. Birte Arendt (Greifswald)

Saturday, Dezember 12
8.45 a.m. - 9.00 a.m. Opening

Panel V: Educational Perspectives / Aspects of Language Choice
9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m. "Welcome to Bavaria" - Eine Sprachführer-App fürs Bairische (Hanna Fischer & Jeffrey Pheiff, Marburg)
9.30 a.m. - 10.00 a.m. Lexical creativity and new speaker stereotypes among users of Breton on Facebook (Merryn Davies-Deacon, Belfast)
10.00 Uhr - 10.30 Uhr Christmas Break

Panel VI: Aspects of Language Choice
10.30 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Färöisch im Fokus: Digitale Einblicke in die kleinste nordgermanische Sprachgemeinschaft (Laura Zieseler, Greifswald)
11.00 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Which (mis)perceptions matter in minority language media research? Reflections on/from an enquiry of digital language practices among Sorbian adolescents (Sarah McMonagle, Hamburg)
11.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Allochthonous minority languages in digital communication: Functions of Slavic heritage languages in German-based social networks (Bernhard Brehmer, Konstanz)

12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Final Discussion
1.00 p.m. Farewell

The international conference is funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Essen, and the German Research Foundation (DFG), Bonn. It is organised in cooperation with the University of Greifswald and Aston University.

Some further information about the region Western Pomerania: take a short break at one of the beaches on the island of Usedom - a few seconds by the sea" , Low German advent calendar made by students at the University of Greifswald.

Information: Anna Lena Klatt M.A.
Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald
Conference Office
17487 Greifswald
Phone:     +49 3834 / 420-5014
E-Mail:     annalena.klattwiko-greifswaldde

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