The Language Change forum’s executive committee would like to solicit ideas from its membership for potential session topics for the 2021 convention in Toronto. Topics related to the 2021 presidential theme, “Persistence,” are welcome but not required. If you would like to contribute your ideas, please respond to this post no later than Friday, January 24.
Times of mass migration and technological revolution are times of language change. For communities experiencing such change, language can be a site of exploration: a site for celebrating linguistic diversity and natural curiosity about language. Alternatively, language can be a site of discrimination: a site for limiting opportunities based on language or dialect, for conflating patriotism and language use, and for otherwise privileging certain language use and not others. Schools in particular can be sites for one or the other–for fostering curiosity or discrimination in the face of linguistic diversity. Exploring how to embrace linguistic diversity in schooling as a topic in MLA 2021 can help scholars and teachers advocate for linguistic diversity with the help of systematic linguistic knowledge and practical classroom advice.
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