Pluricentric Languages in the Contemporary World

 Panel on Pluricentric Languages in the Contemporary World: Socio-cultural and Pragmatic Aspects, 4-7 July 2016, Athens, Greece

The Languages and Linguistics Unit of ATINER, will hold A Panel on Pluricentric Languages in the Contemporary World: Socio-cultural and Pragmatic Aspects, 4-7 July 2016, Athens, Greece as part of the 9th Annual International Conference on Languages & Linguistics.

The panel is soliciting papers (in English only) from all areas of languages, linguistics and other related disciplines.  Areas of interest include (but are not confined to):

  • Globalization processes and their influence on languages
  • Language and migration
  • The role of language in the “knowledge economy”
  • Commodification of language as an impetus for minority language maintenance
  • Instrumental and symbolic roles of contact languages
  • Translation as a cultural bridge between languages
  • Material culture of bilingual and multilingual groups
  • Evolution of pragmatic norms of languages used away from metropolia
  • Heritage language speakers: A challenge for educational systems
  • Linguistic human rights: Between law and practice
  • The role of bilinguals and multilinguals in cultural diplomacy

You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

Fee structure information is available on

Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form by the 30 April 2016 to: Dr. Ekaterina Protassova, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland or Dr. Maria Yelenevskaya, Senior Teaching Fellow, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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