Luxembourg Studies Colloquium Programme 2023

This year's Colloquium will set Luxembourg in comparative perspective and will take place in Mappin Hall on Friday, 5th May 2023.

Luxembourgish Colloquium 2023

The Sociolinguistics of ‘Small’ Languages: Policies, Practices and Interests

Friday, 5 May (Mappin Hall)

9.00 Registration and orientation

Words of welcome: Professor Thomas Baldwin (Head of the School of 

Languages and Cultures)

Introduction: Kristine Horner and James Hawkey


(Moderator: Bethan Davies)

James Hawkey (University of Bristol)

Methodological concerns when working with small languages: The case of Andorra

Kristine Horner (University of Sheffield) and Sarah Muller (Zenter fir d’Lëtzebuerger Sprooch)

Linguistic authority, reflexivity and the ‘normalisation’ of language: The case of Luxembourg

10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea break

(Moderator: James Hawkey)

Andrew Bradley (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) and Avel·lí Flors Mas (Universitat de Barcelona) 

Language ideologies and linguistic authority beyond Catalonia: The peripheral case of Valencia 

Nicola Bermingham (University of Liverpool)

Small languages in European contexts: The case of Galicia

12.00-1.30 Lunch 

(Moderator: Kristine Horner)

Gro-Renée Rambø and Elin Gunleifsen (Universitetet i Agder)

“Small” languages competing with even “smaller” languages: The case of Finnmark

Michael Hornsby (Adam Mickiewicz University Poznań) 

Dealing with attitudes of purism in minority language research settings: The case of Breton

Helen Kelly-Holmes (University of Limerick)

When small languages go big: The case of Irish

3.00-3.30 Coffee/Tea break

Roundtable Discussion

with Jessica Bradley (University of Sheffield) and Jean-Jacques Weber (University of Luxembourg)

4.00-4.30 Moving forward and close of colloquium

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