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

Digital Lecture,International conference

Digital media has an increasing influence on our communication. The growing digitalization does not just open new opportunities and challenges for the everyday communication, it also gives minority languages, which are in competition with dominant standard languages in certain communicative domains and which have to be considered endangered in many cases, new perspectives.

The international and interdisciplinary conference will discuss the role of the internet and of digital media for the usage of minority language and its changes, induced by new forms of digital communication. In addition, we will debate how forms of digital communication can be used for the acquisition and the teaching of minority languages.

All times are in Central European Time (CET).
Friday, Dezember 11
9.00 a.m. - 9.30 a.m.Opening and Welcome
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. MoCoDa2: ein Forschungs- und Lehrkorpus zur Sprache und Interaktion in mobiler Messaging-Kommunikation (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
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. Nordfriesische Kommunikation in digitalen Medien (Hauke Heyen, Flensburg)
2.00 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. Break
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
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
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. Sorbischvermittlung - digital unterstützt durch SobLex (Hauke Bartels, Cottbus)
10.00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Break
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. Allochthone Minderheitensprachen in der digitalen Kommunikation: Eine Fallstudie zu Funktionen slawischer Herkunftssprachen in deutsch-basierten sozialen Netzwerken (Bernhard Brehmer, Konstanz)
12.00 p.m. - 12.30 p.m. Lexical creativity and new speaker stereotypes among users of Breton on Facebook (Merryn Davies-Deacon, Belfast)
12.30 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.  


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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