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Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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Language Policy and Planning in Multilingual Organisations: Exploring Language Regimes
The Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

Whilst there is still comparatively limited research on LPP in organisations, studies on supranational organisations (e.g. the EU and UN) and public administration of multilingual states (e.g. Canada, Switzerland, Belgium) have shown that they experience great difficulties in implementing and sustaining multilingual provision. This can lead to marked inefficiencies and inequities for those functioning within organisations/administrations and/or those affected externally by their work (Coray et al, 2015; Gazzola, 2016; McEntee-Atalianis, 2015; Turgeon & Gagnon, 2015). Current language regimes in some multilingual organisations no longer necessarily reflect the practices or needs of individuals who work within them. Moreover, there is demand for scientific data on 'optimal' language regimes for established and newly emerging multilingual organisations. For further developments in the field of LPP and for academics to be able to inform policy makers, concerted interdisciplinary collaboration is needed not least the combined efforts of linguists, economists and political scientists.

This symposium will bring together some of the leading scholars in the field of LPP who work across a range of disciplines (education; economics; linguistics; politics) in order to discuss:

  • the unique challenges faced by multilingual organisations working within different sectors (e.g. business; diplomacy; economics) and the challenges faced by researchers who work in these sites
  • methods to investigate and model language regimes
  • the identification and the evaluation of the socio-economic and political effects of alternative ways of managing multilingual communication adopted by public administrations and organisations (e.g. political representativeness, democratic participation, social exclusion)
  • the current priorities for LPP research and its impact on policy makers working in multilingual organisations.

Open to All:

Standard tickets - £45
Concession tickets - £25*


Registration from 9.30am. Please note the change of room from the original publicity - this event will now take place in room B04.

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Hosted by: Dr Lisa McEntee-Atalianis (Birkbeck) & Dr Michele Gazzola (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

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