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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós

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Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.

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This volume comprises 28 papers that were presented at the “1st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages” which was organised by the “Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages” and held in Graz (Austria) from July 11-13, 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne - eminent linguist, scholar, teacher, language enthusiast, advocate of multilingualism and friend who died on October 29, 2010. The volume is a tribute to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics, especially in sociolinguistics, pragmatics, bilingualism and multilingualism and in the theory of pluricentric languages. It was his seminal anthology on 19 pluricentric languages, published in 1992, that introduced the distinction between dominant and non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages. John Hajek – his successor as director of the “Research Unit for Multilingualism & Cross Cultural Communication (RUMACCC) – contributed a moving homage to Michael Clyne to this volume which gives an account of Michael’s outstanding achievements. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world–wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It allowed us to gain initial insights into the codification and corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. At the same time, the scope and quality of the papers presented at the conference encouraged us to plan further conferences on the topic, starting with the second conference in Salamanca in 2012. My associate editors and I would like to thank the scholars taking part in the conference. The papers...

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