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Language rules? Languages, standards, multilingualism, and linguistic inequality

15 April 2019 — 17 April 2019

University of Nottingham

As part of the AHRC-funded project Multilingualism – Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (, Language Rules will bring together practitioners – teachers, speech therapists, examiners, dictionary-makers, lobbyists, policy-makers, and others – with academics to examine how assumptions about correct, acceptable or standard languages impact on everyday life in a multilingual world, and how to tackle potential inequalities.

The conference includes a public Leverhulme Lecture by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham, Professor Doug Kibbee

  • Professor Doug Kibbee –  Language, Law and Linguistic Inequality in the USA and Europe

Other confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Brian North - Language standard, plurilingual repertoires and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Prof. Bettina Migge (University College Dublin) -  (In)visible Languages and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Prof. Astrid Adler (Institut Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim)  - European Language Policies

Confirmed panels include:

  • Language standard, standard languages, and speech therapy
  • Multilingualism, language standards, and the law
  • Language examinations and language standards
  • Learning from history – understanding the multilingual past to inform the present
  • Languages and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Translating Research Into Policy

The Nottingham launch of We are Multilingual will also take place as part of the event.

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Prof. Nicola McLelland, University of Nottingham


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University of Nottingham

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