Parallel Session of Designated Topic 3: Language Policy


18th International Congress of Linguists (CIL 18) - July 21-26, 2008 at Korea University, Seoul, Republicof Korea


There will be a parallel session on language policy at the 18th International Congress of Linguists (CIL 18). For more information, visit the website ( ) or contact the session organizer at [email protected]  


Organizer: Bernard Spolsky, Professor Emeritus, Bar-Ilan University



Over the past 50 years, the study of language policy has grown into a major field of its own, with journals and extensive publications and research. Concentrating initially on historical studies of 19th century language revival efforts, it added concern for language management decisions in the newly independent nations created after the Second World War, and has moved to deal with policies developed as a result of globalization,  immigration and devolution. Recently, AILAhas established a Research Network on Language Policywhich jointly sponsors this session.


Proposals are invited for thirty minute papers (20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for questions), in either English or French, on any topic relating to the general domain of language policy. Of particular interest will be research that takes one or more of the following perspectives:


- Contributions to a theory of language policy

- Comparative studies of cases which help establish tentative generalizations

- Detailed studies of the management process, with emphasis on the participants

- Studies of language policy in specific domains such as the family, religious institutions, workplaces, the military, schools, universities, media

- Comparison of language policy for indigenous minorities and for immigrant groups

- Language policy for new immigrants, including the use of tests to exclude and the responsibility for development of official language proficiency

- Language management issues concerning writing systems and the web


Important Dates:


? August  31, 2007: Deadline for submitting the abstract.

? November 30, 2007: Notification of acceptance.


Form and submission of abstracts:


An abstract(.pdf or .doc file) should be up to 3 pages long, including data and references.

The abstract should start with the title of the paper, followed by the text of the abstract.

Please do not include the author's name in the abstract. On a separate page, please give

the author's name, affiliation, e-mail address, telephone number, mailing address, the paper title and the session number(title).


Please send the abstract and the author's information to both [email protected] and [email protected].