Call for Papers
The call for papers will close on February 29, 2020 (Saturday, at 11pm E.T. Canada)
Please review the Call for Papers information below. When you are ready to send in a paper or colloquium proposal, please visit the Submit an Abstract page.
General Call for Papers
We invite papers, discussion sessions, colloquia, and poster presentations that approach language policy from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in a variety of contexts, from the local/institutional to the national/global.
Abstracts of up to 300 words are welcome that address topics such as (but not limited to):
Monolingual, bilingual, multilingual, and plurilingual policies
Heritage language policies
Indigenous language policies
Multicultural and intercultural policies
Official & non-official language policies
Language-in-education policies/school policies
Language attrition and language revitalization policies
Language policy and political economy
Language policy, globalization, and superdiversity
Language policy and the workplace
Language policy and lingua franca
Language policy and Indigeneity
Language policies and transnational communities
Signed language policies and Deaf studies
Language policy and anti-racism/anti-oppression
Language policy and political theory
National identities and language policies
Community and family language policies
Language policy and economics
Research methods of language policy inquiry
We foresee various session structures, including: overviews of a specific program (e.g., how a local, regional, or provincial language policy supports language revitalization programming, in which government representatives, teachers, and curriculum developers co-present); discussion sessions in which policy-actors in a particular sector engage in discussions about common issues and challenges they face in their work; and practitioner-research sessions that present findings from inquiry into a given language policy initiative.
Language of presentation: English OR French (Canada's official languages) OR additional languages.
Important information about additional languages:
- Submissions of abstracts must be written in English or French (Canada's official languages) but papers can be delivered in any additional language.
- If an additional language is chosen: the slide presentation should be bilingual in the additional language + English or French to make the presentation accessible to a wider audience. For example, you can submit an abstract in French and deliver the presentation in Chinese: in this case you will write the slides in French and Chinese. Another example is to submit an abstract in English and deliver the presentation in Spanish: in this case you will write the slides in Spanish and English. You can also translanguage during your presentation.
- If you are planning to deliver the presentation in one language only, English OR French: you must indicate the language of presentation and the language in your slides. For example, you can deliver a talk in English and have your slides in English only. Another example is to deliver a talk in French and have your slides in French only.
- If you are planning to deliver the presentation in American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ): you must indicate the language of presentation and the language in your slides. For example, you can deliver a talk in ASL and have your slides in English. Another example is to deliver a talk in LSQ and have your slides in French.
- Translations: there will be translations available only for sign languages: ASL and LSQ. We highly recommend that attendees be immersed in the plurilingual experience (see Focus for 2020 below).
- When submitting your abstract, you will need to indicate:
- 1) the main language in your slides by ticking the box English OR French;
- 2) the language of presentation by writing a message in the "Remark/Message from the Authors to the Program Committee and Chairs"
- There is no need to have two languages in your presentation but you will have the opportunity to do so if you wish to.
Focus for 2020
For this year’s conference, we will introduce a Plurilingual Experience where one slot for each day of the conference will be dedicated to presentations in languages in addition to English and French. We highly encourage attendees to immerse themselves in this experience and be curious about additional languages. In times of plurilingual (Marshall & Moore, 2018; Piccardo, 2018), multilingual (May, 2014; Conteh & Meier, 2014), translanguaging (Li, 2018; Otheguy, García & Reid, 2018) and social justice (Kubota, 2016; Ortega, 2014) turns, it is important to recognize knowledge production in any language, particularly in minoritized languages, and acknowledge that bilingualism can take several forms (not only the English/French bilingual model in Canada).
The focus will also be on critical approaches to the future of the field of Language Policy and Planning. These perspectives might be rooted in empirical or conceptual analysis, or a mixture thereof. Consistent with the tradition of this conference, we invite arguments from various disciplinary perspectives. One sign of how LPP has matured into a discipline unto itself is the appearance of multiple texts meant to define the parameters of the field. We are over a decade out from the first books that established LPP as a robust discipline (e.g., Ricento, 2006; Shohamy, 2006; Spolsky, 2004). More recently, Johnson (2013) and Hult and Johnson (2015) have offered useful updates with their books on the core concepts and research methods, respectively, in the field.
Additionally, this year, we plan to propose an edited volume in the Journal of Belonging, Identity, Language and Diversity - J-BILD that compiles high quality papers from the 2020 conference presenting critical perspectives on the future of the field. When submitting your paper, colloquium, or discussion session, please indicate whether you would like your work to be considered as part of this publication.
Formats for Your Proposal
Paper Presentation: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors. Each presentation should be 30 minutes, including discussion time. We request that you plan 20 minutes for your talk and leave 10 minutes for discussion. Your abstract for a paper presentation may not exceed 300 words including all references, and up to five keywords should be included in the submission. If the abstract is accepted, the author (or one of the authors) is expected to register for the full conference, pay the registration fee, and present the paper in person.
Colloquia: Colloquia allow for extended discussion on a particular topic. They can be for 100 minutes (3 papers) or 180 minutes (up to 6 papers). Colloquium organizers should submit the following: an abstract describing the colloquium (maximum 300 words), and separate abstracts (maximum 300 words) for each of the papers in the colloquium. Because the purpose of this format is to foster dialogue among attendees, time should be allocated for extended audience discussion of the papers presented. The colloquium organizer serves as a liaison between participants in the colloquium and the program committee, and is therefore responsible for communication among these participants. If the colloquium is accepted, at least one of the authors of each paper is expected to register for the conference, pay the registration fee, and present the paper in person.
Discussion Sessions: Discussion Sessions provide an opportunity for informal, in-depth discussions between discussants and attendees on a specific topic. The goal is to discuss only one chosen topic in language policy and planning that is contentious and may gather different viewpoints. The session should be 100 minutes and can have 3 to 4 discussants, all experts in the chosen topic, and one chair. Submit one abstract only (300 words) indicating the topic, how it relates to the literature and why it is relevant. In your abstract, also indicate the names of the discussants and the chair. The chair of the session may also participate in the discussion but their role is to pose questions to the discussants and the audience and mediate the discussion. Slide presentations are not accepted for this type of session. Instead, the chair must submit questions to the discussants in advance so they can prepare notes to be discussed. Engagement with audience members is required. The abstract should be submitted by the chair of the session.
Poster Sessions: Poster Sessions allow for the presentation of a research topic or issue as an opportunity for visual and graphic presentation and individualized discussion with presenters. Poster sessions can include a brief oral presentation to the audience gathered as a group, but remember that much of the time is devoted to direct discussion between attendees and poster presenters. We encourage submission of sessions (maximum 300 words) with poster presentations that are conceptually linked in terms of language policy issues, problems, settings, methods, analytic questions, or themes. Undergraduate, master's and doctoral students usually find this as an opportunity to share their research, especially if it is work in progress.
You may submit a maximum of two contributions for LPP2020, one as first/sole author and one as second author or discussant. If you are submitting a colloquium, you may submit a paper as a part of that colloquium and also be a second author of an additional paper or a discussant.
The deadline for submissions is Saturday February 29, 2020 (11pm ET Canada).
Go to the Submit an Abstract page to upload your contribution.
The LPP2020 Call for Papers has been added to the following groups:
Sociolinguistic Events Calendar: https://baal.org.uk/slxevents/
Linguist List: linguistlist.org/
Humanities and Social Sciences Online: networks.h-net.org/networks
Michigan State University Second Language Studies weekly digest: sls.msu.edu/resources/sls-weekly-digest/
The New Speakers Network: www.nspk.org.uk/
Canadian Association for Applied Linguistics listserv: www.aclacaal.org/
Linguistic Ethnography listserv: www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=LING-ETHNOG
American Association for Applied Linguistics conference calendar:
The International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF)
McGill University's Plurilingual Lab
McGill University's Faculty of Education
We thank the managers of these groups for publicizing LPP2020!