Abstract submission deadline
1st September, 2019

Call for Papers

Faculty of Languages, Arts, and Humanities Campus Universitaire Ait Melloul (Morocco)

Long Abstract:

Multilingualism has attracted growing attention and interest from researchers all over the world. This growing interest in both individual and societal multilingualism could be explained by the fact that this phenomenon is regarded as both an added value and a source of challenges for individuals as well as societies. Individuals who speak more than one language find themselves, on a daily basis, in situations where they have to choose which language to use. This choice could be conscious or unconscious depending on many factors.  A decrease in using a language can lead to a decrease in competence and eventually to language loss which can lead to a complex relationship between language use and identity. This situation of multilinguals becomes more complicated when it is analyzed from a societal perspective. The languages used in one society differ in statuses as minority/majority languages and this is often related to whether the language is used in private or public domains. Another challenge for multilingual societies is the relationship between multilingualism and nationalism since language is a strong symbol of the unity of a nation. Hence, decisions about official language or languages, foreign languages at school and languages of instruction are not obvious choices. The aforementioned variables make language policy and language planning in multilingual communities a complicated process.

However, in spite of the complications that are inherited in a multilingual situation, the knowledge and use of more than one language can be very beneficial for both individuals and societies. Research has shown that multilinguals are privileged in terms of linguistic abilities, cognitive competence and personal development. Similarly, societies can benefit from being multilingual in various ways: first, the presence of more than one language means different roles for different languages which can enhance more flexibility. Second, multilingual situations lay the ground for the development of more cross-cultural understanding and tolerance. Third, the role of multilingualism in strengthening social identities has become undeniable.

Hence, this conference aims to bring together academic scientists and researchers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on different aspects of multilingualism. It aims also at providing an interdisciplinary platform for both researchers and educators to present a discussion of the theoretical approaches, challenges and pedagogical applications and implications of multilingualism.

Themes

We welcome papers on a wide range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Theoretical approaches to multilingualism.
  • Language policy and language management in multilingual educational systems.
  • Pedagogical applications and implications of multilingualism.
  • Multilingualism and language contact processes: cross-linguistic influence, code switching, borrowing…
  • Multilingualism and language attitudes.
  • Multilingualism, multiculturalism, nationalism and identity.
  • Psycholinguistic studies of multilingualism.
  • Child multilingual development.
  • Multiple language acquisition and learning.
  • Multilingualism and translation.
  • Multilingualism, literature and cultural studies.
  • Literacy in multilingual education.
  • Multicultural and globalization issues related to multilingualism.

Conference Language is English.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, 4 keywords, and a short bio should be filled in (link)

Confirmed Keynote speaker

Jean-Mark Dewaele
Birkbeck
University of London

Important dates

  • Deadline for abstract submission:

    1 September, 2019

  • Notification of acceptance:

    10 September, 2019

The Organizing committee

(in alphabetical order)

  • Anbi Abderrahim
  • Elkhairat Abdelghani
  • Elyazidi Rachid
  • Hamdoune Lahoussine
  • Kharoua Mustapha
  • Matbout Fadela
  • Ouboulahcen Seddik
  • Oudadene Hassan
  • Ridouane Abdelmajid
  • Sbiri Kamal
  • Trimasse Naima : Conference coordinator  n.trimasse@uiz.ac.ma
  • Yassine Rachida

The conference fee

Students: 500 MDH (50€)
Faculty members: 1000MDH (100€)

The fee covers :

  • 2 lunches
  • coffee breaks
  • conference materials
  • transport from Agadir city center to the Campus

Payment details

  • To be announced later

Organizing institutions and sponsors

Abstract submission