Language diversity in a globalised world

A public conference will draw together Australian and international authors, anthropologists and linguists to explore the impact of globalisation on languages.

crld2012-250Tweets, texts, blogs and chat sites. New communication platforms are affecting our relationship with the written word, both in dominant world languages and endangered and minority languages. Is language standardisation necessary to establish literacy, or do we endanger languages by reducing them to writing?

Written, Spoken, Signed, a public conference presented by the Centre for Research on Language Diversity at La Trobe University, will be held at the State Library of Victoria to explore topics from speech to sign languages, indigenous language and the Internet.

Nicholas Ostler
Chairman of the Foundation for Endangered Languages and author of The Last Lingua Franca
Jane Simpson
Head of the School of Language Studies at the Australian National University
Kate Burridge
Chair of Linguistics at Monash University, author of several books on English grammar and use
Adam Schembri
Director of the National Institute for Deaf Studies and Sign Language at La Trobe University
Felix Ameka
World expert on Ewe, a language from Ghana, Africa, from Leiden University in The Netherlands
Cindy Schneider
A lecturer from the University of New England who has worked on languages in south-east Asia
Mark Turin
Cambridge University Fellow, Yale University Fellow and director of the Digital Himalaya Project

The event is free but registration is required. Auslan/English interpretation will be provided.

All talks will be recorded and available for broadcast.

Conference details:
Date: Saturday 15th December
Time: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Location: Seminar Room 1, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Contact: Annabel Orchard Ph: +613 9479 6400 | Email: