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The 1st International Symposium on Geolinguistic Ethnography


December 1, 2018

Organizer: The American Society of Geolinguistics in Tokyo (ASGT)

Co-sponsor: English Division, The Graduate School of Foreign Languages, Daito Bunka University


Call for presentation proposals


Geolinguistics was originally conceived of as an academic discipline involving the analysis and implications of the geographical location, distribution and structure of language varieties within a temporal framework, either in isolation or in contact and/or conflict with one another. Geolinguistics was described by Mario Pei as being a branch of linguistics which would be used to do objective-oriented research on real life language issues and where interdisciplinary approaches would be acceptable.

Recently, the term geolinguistics underwent a detailed discussion at the International Symposium on Language Education, Polyglottery and Geolinguistics (Moscow, August 27-28, 2018) and was included in the official memorandum of that event with the words:

The Symposium recognizes that [...] a geolinguistic perspective in studying and presenting language facts (i.e. considering them in dynamic connection with various social trends and with regard to a spacio-temporal framework) is up-to-date and can be of use in improving students’ motivation

The American Society of Geolinguistics in Tokyo (ASGT) proudly announces The 1st International Symposium on Geolinguistic Ethnography to be held on December 1, 2018 at Daito Bunka Kaikan, a five minute walk from Tobu Nerima Station on Tokyo's Tobu Tojo Line.

The interest of the symposium concerns ethnography seen from a geolinguistic perspective. Talks from following research fields, among others, will be welcomed:

  • Polyglottery
  • Language learning/ teaching in the light of global trends
  • Multilingual situations around the world
  • Linguistic issues of mass migrantion
  • Language policies of the cities and nations
  • Ethnic identities and cultural heritage
  • Literature as an aspect of ethnic culture

The medium of presentation will be English only.

It is being planned that selected papers of the workshop will be published next year by The American Society of Geolinguistics Publications (ASGP). Presenters who are interested in publications are requested to submit their full texts via email in a word document. Submission of the papers should be by the date specified below. Due to time limitations, the Symposium's organizing committee will take responsibility for formatting papers according to ASGP formatting guidelines should those guidelines not be ready for announcement by November 15. Submissions must include an English abstract of 150-300 words, though in recent years, documents in languages other than English for which the ASGP editorial team expertise in have been accepted for publication.

November 1, 2018: Deadline for the submissions of the abstract with authors name and affiliation.

November 15, 2018: Screening committee will inform applicants whether their submission has been accepted or not.

November 25, 2018: Deadline for submitting full texts of the articles.

December 1, 2018: International workshop

Place: Daito Bunka Kaikan 大東文化会館(東京都板橋区徳丸2−4−21)Tokyo 175-0083


For more details:

Hikaru Kitabayashi Hkitabayshi@gmail.com

Pokhrel Surendra suru.pokhrel1@gmail.com

Kalu singh Mehta Solpalakedar@gmail.com

Ravi Maharjan Ravimaharjan3201@gmail.com

Akiriti Magar amerie.akriti@gmail.com