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Pluricentric Languages and Non-Dominant Varieties Worldwide

Part I: Pluricentric Languages across Continents. Features and Usage

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Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This is the first of two thematically arranged volumes with papers that were presented at the "World Conference of Pluricentric Languages and their non-dominant Varieties" (WCPCL). It comprises papers about 20 PCLs and 14 NDVs around the world. The second volume encompasses a further 17 papers about the pluricentricity of Portuguese and Spanish. The conference was held at the University of Graz (Austria) on July 8th-11th 2015. The papers fall into five categories: (1) Theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and the description of variation; (2) Different types of pluricentricity in differing environments; (3) African pluricentric languages and non-dominant varieties; (4) The pluricentricity of Arabic and Asian languages; (5) The pluricentricity of European languages inside Europe (Austrian German, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, Hungarian, Belgium Dutch, French, Greek, Swedish, Russian).

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Preface

I.    Key note: Theoretical aspects of pluricentricity and the description of variation

Rudolf Muhr

The state of the art of research on pluricentric languages: Where we were and where we are now

II.    Plenary lectures –Different types of pluricentricity in differing environments

Adrian Tien

Perspectives on “Chinese” pluricentricity in China, Greater China and beyond

Kelen Ernesta Fonyuy

French and English in Cameroon: Pluricentricity in the context of multilingualism and nativisation

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