Workshop: minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere
Please note the following international workshop, to be held at the Hugo Valentin Centre of Uppsala University, on November 3-4, 2014, and organized by Gerald Roche (currently post-doctoral fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre):
Workshop on Minority Languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere:
Ancient Trends, Contemporary Developments, and Future Prospects
General abstract for the workshop:
The Tibetosphere is a linguistic area that includes all regions influenced by the Tibetic languages. It is over five times the size of Sweden and is spread across six countries – China, Burma, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan – with the vast majority of the region in China. Many of the non-Tibetic minority languages of this region are presently endangered. The consequences of declining diversity in the region are still unknown, but given the region’s historical, cultural, and geopolitical significance, this situation shift merits further investigation. This workshop therefore seeks to explore the diversity and vitality of the minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere, across three broad themes: ancient trends, contemporary developments, and future prospects. The workshop will employ UNESCO’s nine-factor model of linguistic vitality as a framework within which to discuss sociolinguistic trends in the Chinese Tibetosphere. This research is broadly concordant with the increasing attention being paid to the global crisis in linguistic diversity. Furthermore, despite broad scholarly interest in language endangerment in China, no previous studies have dealt with the minority languages of the Chinese Tibetosphere as a whole.
Please click here for a detailed workshop program, with background information on the conference topic, schedule, presentation abstracts and bibliographical suggestions.