Last update: June 1, 2018.

Abstracts available! Please download the Book of Abstracts for more details about the oral presentations and the posters as well.

Onsite video recording available! Please click on the words "watch video" on the line of your desired presentation (if there is no such link, there were privacy issues at stake).

Day 0 – May 2, 2018

Place: University of Amsterdam, P C Hoofthuis, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam (map), main entrance.

  • 14:00 – 18:00: Registration

Day 1 – May 3, 2018

Place (morning): University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP), room D0.09.

  • 08:30 – 09:00: Registration
  • 09:00 – 09:30: Opening (Federico Gobbo, University of Amsterdam / University of Turin) – watch video

Main session: Contested Languages and Language Contestedness

Chair: F Gobbo
  • 09:30 – 10:00: “What are contested languages?” (Marco Tamburelli, Bangor University & Mauro Tosco, University of Turin) – watch video
  • 10:00 – 10:30: “Is Catalan a contested language? Legal status and planning of a minoritized language in three different States” (Juan Jiménez-Salcedo, University Pablo de Olavide) – watch video
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30: “The Survival of Picard and Provençal in France Despite ‘Their Programmed Demise’: The Language and Identity Connection” (Patrick Seán McCrea, Tulane University) – watch video
  • 11:30 – 12:00: “Language planning in a planned language community” (Sabine Fiedler, University of Leipzig) – watch video
  • 12:00 – 13:30: Lunch break (and poster preparation)

Place (afternoon): University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP), room D1.09

Invited talk by Ulrich Ammon, (Duisburg-Essen)

Chair: F Gobbo

Main session: Contested languages in the Digital World

Chair: M Tamburelli
  • 14:00 – 14:30: “Digital presence and language contestedness” (Claudia Soria, ILC-CNR Institute for Computational Linguistics «A. Zampolli», Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
  • 14:30 – 15:00: “Coolification vs contestedness and the digital world: lessons learnt from Hollywood languages and Esperanto” (Federico Gobbo, University of Amsterdam / University of Turin) – watch video
  • 15:00 – 15:30: Coffee break

MIME session: Mobility, Revitalization, Standardization

Chair: F Gobbo
  • 15:30 – 16:00: “Mobility and Multilingualism: the Choices of Latgale” (Gabriele Iannaccaro, University of Milano-Bicocca & Vittorio Dell’Aquila, CELE) – watch video
  • 16:00 – 16:30: “Elfdalian revitalization and corpus planning” (Yair Sapir, Kristianstad University Sweden) – watch video
  • 16:30 – 17:00: “The ‘small Renaissance’ of Ligurian and the obstacles it faces” (Andrea Acquarone, Che l’inse! (CLI) & Vittorio Dell’Aquila, CELE) – watch video
  • 17:00 – 18:30: Wine reception (and official poster session)
    • Grammatical gender in Ninilchik Russian and a comparison with Standard Russian (Olga Steriopolo (Leibniz-ZAS, Berlin) and Olivia Maky (Leibniz-ZAS and Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin)
    • Two-way Integration of Heritage and Minoritized Speakers: Voices from Catalonia (Eva J. Daussa, Tilman Lanz and Renée Pera I Ros, University of Groningen / University of Marburg)
    • Estremeñu – The Extremaduran language (Daniel Gordo, OSCEC Estremaúra)
    • Mobility by means of a contested language: Esperanto as the working language in an educational NGO (Sabine Fiedler & Cyril Brosch, University of Leipzig)
    • Different kinds of contested languages and their position in inclusion processes: Finland Swedish, regional languages in Spain and Italy (Vittorio Dell’Aquila, CELE & Ida Stria, University of Warsaw & Marina Pietrocola, University of Teramo)

Social dinner

  • From 20:00: Restaurant EYE, EYE Film Instituut Nederland, IJpromenade 1, 1031 KT Amsterdam (map). Important! Please have a look at the social dinner page for details.

Day 2 – May 4, 2018

Place (all day): University of Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort (OMHP), room D0.09

Main session: Contested languages in the Netherlands

Chair: F Gobbo
  • 09:00 – 09:30: “A Citizen Science Approach to Contested Languages: Stimmen fan Fryslân” (Nanna Haug Hilton, University of Groningen) – watch video
  • 09:30 – 10:00: “Worlds Apart: A Socialhistorical Comparison of Low Saxon and Frisian in the Netherlands” (G.T. (Goffe) Jensma, University of Groningen)

Main session: New Speakers of Contested Languages

Chair: M Tamburelli
  • 10:00 – 10:30: “The paradoxes of being a new speaker of Frisian: understanding motivation, authority and legitimacy in Frisia” (Guillem Belmar Viernes & Nienke Eikens & Daniël de Jong & Willemijn Miedma and Sara Pinho, University of Groningen) – watch video
  • 10:30 – 11:00: Coffee break (and informal poster session)
  • 11:00 – 11:30: “New speakers’ attitudes and the contested Occitan standard” (Aurelie Joubert, Queen’s University Belfast) – watch video
  • 11:30 – 12:00: “Identity of speakers of Esperanto as a contested language” (Ida Stria, University of Warsaw) – watch video
  • 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch break (and informal poster session)

Main session: Territorial and Non-territorial Contested Languages

Chair: F Gobbo
  • 13:00 – 13:30: “The presence and role of the Romani language in the identity formation of young Roma” (Márton András Baló, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) – watch video
  • 13:30 – 14:00: “From above and from below, to the right and to the left: Exploring contested perspectives on language transmission within the Esperanto movement” (Guilherme Fians, University of Manchester) – watch video
  • 14:00 – 14:30: “The impact of loan words on the divergence between the Kven language and standard Finnish” (Leena Niiranen, UiT The Artic University of Norway) – watch video
  • 14:30 – 15:00: Coffee break (and informal poster session)

Main session: Contested Languages in Education

Chair: M Tosco
  • 15:00 – 15:30: “Language Ideologies and the Csángó Educational Program: A Case of Inventing or Erasing Language?” (Petteri Laihonen, University of Jyväskylä)
  • 15:30 – 16:00: “The current status of Low German and its use in kindergartens” (Astrid Adler & Andrea Kleene & Albrecht Plewnia, IDS Leibniz Gemeinschaft) – watch video
  • 16:00 – 16:30: “Languages and cultures in contact: What place for Upper Sorbian new speakers and learners in Lusatia (Germany)?” (Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska, ISS PAS The Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences & Cordula Ratajczak, Serbski institut / Sorbian institute) – watch video


  • 16:30 – 17:00: CLOW4, proceedings et al. (F Gobbo & M Tamburelli & M Tosco) – watch video