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16th EFNIL Conference, Amsterdam


The European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL)

announces the

16th Annual conference of EFNIL

in Amsterdam on 10, 11 and 12 October 2018

hosted by the Nederlandse Taalunie (the Union for the Dutch language) and Instituut voor de Nedelandse Taal (INT; the Institute for the Dutch language)

The theme of the conference will be:

Language variation: 

a factor of increasing language complexity and a challenge for language policy within Europe

Wednesday 10 October


14.00 – 16.00: Arrival of delegation members – registration – coffea/tea and lunch

16.00 – 17.30: General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 1)

19.00: Welcome reception with buffet supper at De Brakke Grond


Thursday 11 October


·    09.30-10.00: Registration – coffee/tea

·    10.00 – 11.30 Opening session

Welcome address by Frieda Steurs, Director of INT, and Hans Bennis, Secretary-general of Taalunie

Addresses by:

Barbera Wolfensberger, DG Culture & Media, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands

Axel Buyse, Representative of the Flemish Government of Belgium in the Netherlands

Florika Fink-Hooijer, DG of SCIC, European Commission

Gerhard Stickel, President of EFNIL: introduction to the conference

·     11.30 – 11.45 Mini break – coffee / tea break

·     11.45 – 13.15 Thematic session 1

Mareks Kovalevskis: Latvian Language – Riga versus Brussels (presentation)

Ari Páll KristinssonStandards and Style: on language-internal variation in Modern Icelandic (presentation)

Adam Pawłowski: The Linguistic landscape of contemporary Poland: return to the future? (presentation)

Moderation: Ina Druviete


·    13.15 – 14.15 Lunch break

·    14.15 – 15.45 Thematic session 2

Ranko Bugarski: Past and current developments involving pluricentric Serbo-Croation and its official heirs

René de GrootThe European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (presentation)

Amira-Louise OuardalitouLëtzebuergesch, Français and Deutsch in the Everyday Life of Luxembourg (presentation)

Moderation: Sabine Kirchmeier


·    15.45 – 16.15 Coffee/tea break

·    16.15 – 17.45 Thematic session 3

Massimiliano SpottiIs a ‘new speaker for Europe’ a valid answer to present-day globalisation induced language inequality? (presentation)

Wendy Ayres-BennetStandard languages, norms and variation: new perspectives within a multilingual research project (presentation)

Loic DepeckerL'aménagement d'une langue multipolaire : l'exemple du français (The care for a multipolar language: the example of French)

Moderation: Johan Van Hoorde


·    18.45 Gathering at hotel’s information desk

·    19.00 Boat trio on the canals of Amsterdam (with a drink) 

·    20.30 Evening dinner at Groene Paleis, Rokin 65, Amsterdam


Friday 12 October


·    09.00 – 10.30 Thematic session 4 Language internal variation

Ulrich AmmonFrom a Village Outlook to a Global Overview – My life with German Language Variation (presentation)

Jutta RansmayrLanguage-internal multilingualism in Austria (presentation)

Reinhild Vandekerckhove & Hans BennisHow to deal with language variation in Dutch? Towards a realistic and supportive language policy (presentation)

Moderation: Pirkko Nuolijarvi


·    10.30 – 11.00 Coffee/tea break

·    11.00 – 12.30 Thematic session 5 Implications for language policies & practices

Helder De SchutterLinguistic Justice for Non-Native Speakers of English (presentation)

Sofia TingsellRelating to the New. Questions and answers on a multilingual Sweden in the counselling work of the Swedish Language Council (presentation)

Tanneke Schoonheim: Language Variety at the Dutch Language Institute (presentation)

Moderation: John Simpson

·    12.30 – 13.15 General Assembly for EFNIL members (Part 2 Election of a new Excecutive Committee) followed by coffee/tea and lunch. 

(For delegates that have to leave before the end there will be a packed lunch available.)

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