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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


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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John HAJEK: Homage to Michael Clyne: linguist, colleague and advocate


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 11-22. John HAJEK (University of Melbourne, Australia) Homage to Michael Clyne: linguist, colleague and advocate Abstract Michael Clyne played a fundamental role in the development of pluricentricity as an important linguistic concept worthy of research by scholars world-wide. He was also one of Australia's greatest linguists with an international reputation in a wide range of areas beyond the study of pluricentric languages, including sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and intercultural communication. Here a snapshot is provided of the great man's academic life and work, intended as a permanent, albeit very partial, record. 1. Introduction It was a great honour to be invited to give the keynote presentation at the International Conference on Non-dominating Varieties of Pluricentric Languages, a symposium held in Graz in 2011 in memory of Michael Clyne. For the occasion I was asked to present on Michael's contribution to linguistics - in both academic and non-academic contexts - from the perspective of someone who had known Michael as colleague, research co-worker and mentor. No such contribution in his memory could of course do justice to Michael and his immense legacy. Michael dedicated his life to the pursuit of linguistic knowledge in so many different areas, and to its application for the benefit of all, not only of linguists. It goes without saying, that amongst his many achievements, Michael had a critical role in the...

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