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The Linguistic Reality in Algeria

Language, Identity and Ideology

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Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 by Lucie Choupaut

Summary

The First Online National Conference in Sociolinguistics on “The Linguistic Reality in Algeria: Language, Identity and Ideology”, calls for original contributions (abstracts of no more than 250 words) addressing one of the main tracks that fall within the main conference theme and special focus. In this respect, participants are invited to submit abstracts following the academic requirements and standards. The conference encourages the submission of studies / investigations that report theoretical studies, as well as practices related to the main theme.

Announcement

Argument

Conference main theme and special focus

Bilingualism is a prevailing sociolinguistic condition worldwide. “Something like 5,000 languages exist in a world divided into only 200 states” (Edwards, 1994, p. 44). Crystal (1997) estimates that about two-thirds of the world’s children grow up in a bilingual environment. Cortés (2013) argues that more than half of the world’s population is bilingual. The existence of more than one language within one nation state is worth considering, especially when there is contact between the different linguistic groups. In fact, bilingualism is known to introduce a variety of phenomena, including lingua francas, pidgins and creoles, code-switching and borrowing. It may also lead to language death as it can create cases of conflict. As such, multilingual countries are required to take the language question at the highest regard. Of course, language planning becomes an activity of prime importance. In fact, language planning may target pure linguistic ends as it may be motivated by non-linguistic objectives. The rise of independence waves, ethnic conflicts, mass immigration, high numbers of war refugees, nationalism ideologies, minority communities’ activism, high rates of illiteracy and school dropout, international integration, etc are all strong factors that urge a nation state to seriously consider its language policy. Therefore, language planning agents, being macro, meso or micro, should make problem-solving, instead of problem-generating, a first priority. This builds on the slogan that “to plan language is to plan society (Cooper 1989, p. 182)

As for Algeria, the country counts a number of codes that, to varying degrees, compete one another. Alegria is ‘de jure’ bilingual as Arabic and Berber are official languages. It is, however, a ‘de facto’ multilingual speech community in the sense that other languages are also present, namely French and, to a lesser (yet growing) extent, English. Traces of other languages, like Spanish and Turkish also still exist. Such reality makes Algeria, borrowing Bourdieu’s term, a linguistic market (marché linguistique) where language contact is obviously dominant. This direct contact has, through the years, introduced a variety of sociolinguistic phenomena. The aim of the present conference is to circle the various phenomena from different perspectives, sociolinguistic, pedagogic, cultural, political, etc.

Call for papers

The First Online National Conference in Sociolinguistics on “The Linguistic Reality in Algeria : Language, Identity and Ideology”, calls for ORIGINAL contributions (abstracts of no more than 250 words) addressing one of the main tracks that fall within the main conference theme and special focus. In this respect, participants are invited to submit abstracts following the academic requirements and standards. The conference encourages the submission of studies/investigations that report theoretical studies, as well as practices related to the main theme.

Tracks

With reference to the Algerian context, researchers are required to submit papers that go in line with the following tracks :

  1. Issues in language planning and education (language education policy)
  2. Linguistic coexistence in a multilingual context
  3. Language ecology and ethnolinguistic vitality
  4. Language conflict, identity and ideology
  5. Dynamics of language contact
  6. Language Maintenance and Attrition
  7. Internationalisation necessity, linguistic hegemony, and national identity
  8. Multilingualism and the Job Market

Important dates and information

  • Abstract submission deadline : 02 January 2022
  • Abstract decision notification : 16 January 2022
  • Full paper submission deadline : 23 January 2022
  • Conference : 9-10 February 2022

Conference Language : English only.

The full conference programme along with the webinar link will be shared following the abstract decision notification.

For any inquiries and/or questions, please contact : a2la.sociolinguistics.2022@gmail.com

Bibliography

Allan, R., & Landry. (1986). Subjective ethnolinguistic vitality viewed as a belief system. Journal of Multilingual Development, 7, 1-12.

Cortés, C. E. (2013). Multicultural America : A multimedia Encyclopaedia. SAGE Publications, Inc.

Cooper, R. L. (1989). Language planning and social change. New York : Cambridge University Press.

Crystal, D. (1997). English as a global language (2nd edition). Penguin Books.

Edwards, J. (1994). Bilingualism and multilingualism. In M.J. Ball (ed.), Clinical Sociolinguistics (pp. 36-48). Blackwell Publishing.

Harwood, J., Gilles, H., & Bourhis, R. V. (1994). The genesis of vitality theory : Historical patterns and discoursal dimensions. International Journal of Sociology, 108, 167 -206.

The scientific / reading committee

President : Dr. Ahmed Chaouki Hoadjli | University of Biskra, Algeria

Co-Presidents :

  • Dr. Salim Kerboua | University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Ramdane Mehiri | University of Biskra, Algeria

Members / Affiliation

  • Dr. Taoufik Djennane University of Tlemcen, Algeria
  • Prof. Nadia Ahouari-Idri University of Bejaia, Algeria
  • Prof. Ghania Ouahmiche University of Oran2, Algeria
  • Dr. Moukhtar Hamadouche University of Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria
  • Prof. Bachir Bouhania University of Adrar, Algeria
  • Prof. Hacene Hamadaens Constantine, Algeria
  • Prof. Naima Hamlaoui University of Annaba, Algeria
  • Prof. Mohamed Melouk University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, Algeria
  • Prof. Amor Ghouar University of Batna2, Algeria
  • Prof. Saliha Chelli University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Prof. Nadir Kaouli University of Batna2, Algeria
  • Prof. Sarah Merrouche University of Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria
  • Prof. Habib Yehiaoui University of Mascara, Algeria
  • Dr. Walid Kefali University of Khenchela, Algeria
  • Dr. Hanane Saihi University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Rachid Mehdi University of Bejaia, Algeria
  • Dr. Mohamed Naoua University of El Oued, Algeria
  • Dr. Barkat Turki University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Sabrina Beghzou University of Khenchela, Algeria
  • Dr. Tarek Asssassi University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Mohamed Boukkazoula University of Jijel, Algeria
  • Dr. Mourad Touati University of M’sila, Algeria

Organising committee

  • President : Mr. Aimen Islam Kecheroud | University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Co-President : Ms. Omayma Saihi | University of Biskra, Algeria

Members Affiliation

  • Dr. Moustafa Amrate University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Chahira Nasri University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Meriem Zeghdoud University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Manal Triki University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Dr. Samir Boureguache University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Mr. Bilal Zennou University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Ms. Kenza Merghemi University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Ms. Halima Hamed University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Ms. Meriem Henouda University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Ms. Kenza Saou University of Biskra, Algeria
  • Ms. Henen Cheriet University of Biskra, Algeria

Places

  • Viva room, Faculty of Letters and Languages - BP 145 RP
    Biskra, Algeria (07000)

Event format

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Sunday, January 02, 2022

Keywords

  • language education policy, linguistic coexistence, language conflict, multilingualism, job market

Contact(s)

  • Ahmed Chaouki Dr. Hoadjli
    courriel : a2la [dot] sociolinguistics [dot] 2022 [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Mohamed Douidi
    courriel : assed7 [at] hotmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« The Linguistic Reality in Algeria », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, https://calenda.org/950284

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