International Conference – Barcelona, November 24-25, 2016


Linguapax opens the debate on how legal frameworks contribute to the preservation and promotion of local languages, and which are the resulting language policies in the light of the analysis of plural yet comparable experiences.

  • How can consensus in determining the status of languages be forged?
  • What is the meaning of the official or other legal status of languages provided for in constitutions or legislation?
  • What is the real impact of the legal framework on languages in shaping linguistic life?
  • What distance is there, if any, between the legal framework and the practices of political and social actors involved in the protection of languages?

In order to obtain accurate information and to be able to discuss the implications of the different political and legal models, we shall bring together legal experts, sociolinguists and activists from or familiar with Finland, India, Malta, Paraguay, Slovenia, South Africa and Switzerland.

Further information and registration form :
Registration deadline: November 20, 2016

(Provisional programme is attached)

2016 Co-winners are Yambirrpa School Council/Djarrma Action Group of the Yolngu community of Yirrkala in the Northern Territory of Australia, and the International and Heritage Languages Association from Canada.

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Title of Event: Migrants and Language(s): Issues arising from the current crisis

Location: Clore Lecture Theatre, Birkbeck, University of London

CONFERENCE: 22 March 2016, 9.30-5.30pm

Title of Event: Migrants and Language(s)

Location: Room 101, 30 Russell Square, Birkbeck, University of London


Dr L. J. McEntee-Atalianis & Prof P. Gardner-Chloros

Full contact details:

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

Birkbeck, University of London

26 Russell Square

London WC1B 5DT

0207 631 6887

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication

Birkbeck, University of London

26 Russell Square

London WC1B 5DT

0207 631 6566


In December, Linguapax Asia conducted several workshops at a number of universities in the Tokyo area on the topic of immigrant communities and languages

Students proudly displaying their poster on Immigrant Communities of Japan

Students proudly displaying their poster on Immigrant Communities of Japan

of Japan. Some 150 students participated in the workshops with the purpose of raising awareness of the multilingualism, and indigenous and minority languages in Japan. Posters of students’ presentations will be displayed at the upcoming Linguapax Asia 2016 symposium at Kansai University in Osaka, and the best group invited to give a presentation of their research at the symposium.

Linguapax Asia will participate at the JALT2015 41st Annual International Conference on Language Teaching and Learning from November 20 to 23 in Shizuoka.
Please visit our display table in the Educational Materials Exhibition Hall and attend a presentation “Preserve Culture, Language & Develop Our Minds” on Sunday November 22, from 4:05 – 4:30 pm in Room 907.

Workshop on linguistic diversity

Workshop on linguistic diversity

Call for Papers

Symposium 2016 – Migration, Migrants and Language
Place: Kansai University, Osaka
Date: Saturday, June 11th, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Description: The topic of the 2016 symposium is the interface between language and migration and how the language situation, planning and policies in various countries, Asia in particular, are managed as a result of in-migration or out-migration. As the world refugee crisis intensifies discussion has reopened on issues concerning the role of language in international migration: language and new citizenship, language proficiency policies and requirements, migration to countries of language proximity, language change, terminologies (e.g. migrant vs refugee), language loss and maintenance, how language shapes or influences migration. Within this general theme, language and migration will be explored in its pedagogical, historical, and social frameworks.

Abstract submission: Please submit your proposal to Prof. John C. Maher, Program Director at by the deadline, February 11, 2016. We welcome original and previously unpublished papers. The language of the conference is English. Papers are assigned 30 minutes. There is combined time for discussion at the end of each session. Abstracts should be sent in English by email attachment. (Approximately 300 words, excluding title and references, in Times New Roman, 12 pt.) and include the following: name and affiliation of the author, e-mail address of the first author/convener, title of the paper, abstract. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before March 1 2016.

Since the number of speaker slots is limited selection is competitive.

For more details on the symposium, click here!!

Contact: For further details of the 2016 Symposium contact Symposium Organizer, Dr. Fred E. Anderson, Kansai University at