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18th International Conference on Minority Languages

University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.
March 24-26, 2021.

Minority languages are part of a globalized and technological mobile world in which the Internet has been instrumental for the acceleration of communication, knowledge and information mobility, and in which increased levels of human mobility and immigration are constitutive of contemporary urban and rural societies. Minority language speakers have to address more multicultural and multilingual communicational relations than ever, across networks connected at the local and translocal levels.

Within such intensified global flows, minority languages are part of emerging new global economic, aesthetic and cultural trends and power relations. Those trends and relations govern speakers’ language and cultural choices, and often promote inequality and a monolingual bias, including native speakerness, standardness, and the overarching hegemony of global English. Yet, at the same time, those conditions seek to chart new promising frameworks of value for minority languages and varieties that challenge such binary historical relations with majority, powerful languages and varieties.

The 18th International Conference on Minority Languages, to be held in Bilbao (Basque Country) from 24th to 26th March 2021, is organized by the NOR Research Group at the University of the Basque Country. It will deal with the subject of minority or small languages and minority speakers all over the world. It aims to create a dialogue among disciplines by asking how minority languages are facing those challenging new multilingual and multicultural circumstances, and how minority speakers are negotiating and reinventing minority linguistic resources in moving locally and globally.

The ICML 2021 will be structured in many thematic fields.