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Language Standardization and Linguistic Variation in Asia from Sociolinguistic Perspectives

11 December 2017, 08:30 — 13 December 2017, 13:30

University of Nottingham campus, Ningbo, China

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Abstract booklet

There has been much work in sociolinguistics on language standardization and language diversity in both Western and Asian scholarships. Though this conference places emphasis on the scholarship developed in Asia due to its venue, multidirectional comparisons and contrasts between different contexts are also welcome.

As is widely acknowledged, societies in Asia have become increasingly multilingual and multicultural as a result of increased mobility and modern transportation. Inevitably, these societies have all been struggling to balance language standardisation in the context of diverse ethnicity and culture. To better understand the changing sociolinguistic landscape, tensions between standardization and diversity, and policies and measures to address issues, this conference features papers on theoretical frameworks, concepts, policies and practices with a focus on either language standardization and its relation to linguistic variation from sociolinguistic perspectives by educators, policy makers and researchers. We also address how standardization and diversity could be reconciled in different multilingual and multicultural contexts of Asia. More details on the programme can be found below.

The conference will take place at Ningbo, China (about two hours by train south of Shanghai). The language of the conference is English. The conference is co-hosted and co-sponsored by the University of Nottingham, UK, (UNUK) and University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC).

The call for papers deadline (30 June 2017) has passed, but you can find the CfP below in pdf format. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Anvita Abbi (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Challenging the monolithic model of standardization in the context of multilingual and plurilingual India

Prof. Imtiaz Hasnain (Aligarh Muslim University): Authenticity and Coloniality: Language Standardization, Hybridity and Asian Sensibility

Dr. Luo Lian (Minzu University of China): Standards in Chinese Writing – Comparing the New HSK tests for Foreign Learners and the MHK Tests for Ethnic Minority Learners of Mandarin Chinese

Prof. Minglang Zhou (University of Maryland, College Park): Contradiction between Standardization and Variation in China’s Language Planning: A Conceptual Account

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Conference on 11-13 Dec 2017 - Guidance for Travelling to UNNC

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Conference on 11-13 Dec 2017 - Call for Papers

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Abstract Booklet - 11-13 December 2017 conference

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Nicola McLelland, MEITS Co-Investigator & Strand 2 Lead
Professor of German and History of Linguistics at the University of Nottingham


08:30 - 13:30


University of Nottingham campus, Ningbo, China

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