Pluricentric languages worldwide and pluricentric theory

Third international conference on non-dominant varieties of pluricentric languages

Thursday 3 July 2014 to Friday 4 July 2014
University of Surrey, Lecture Theatre Block
Open to:
Public, Staff, Students, Alumni

The first international conference in this series (Graz, 2011) drew together scholars and researchers from around the globe, and led to the publication of an edited volume, Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. In memory of Prof. Michael Clyne (Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag, 2011). The second conference (Salamanca, 2012) and resulting edited volume, Exploring Linguistic Standards in Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag, 2013) built on this, and we are now looking to widen the scope of the conference and deal not only with non-dominant varieties but also with pluricentric languages in general.

In the first two conferences it became clear that the scope of what constitutes pluricentricity is far wider than was originally envisaged. When Michael Clyne coined the term “pluricentric languages” (1992) it made sense to restrict it to national standard languages of the “larger” pluricentric languages. However, it is now clear that many other languages should be included, such as Catalan in Europe and Bengali in Asia. One of the objectives of the next conference, therefore, is to work towards a viable definition of what pluricentricity actually means in the context of research on non-dominant varieties. We also aim to explore unresolved questions of pluricentric theory and explore the languages of the world in order to better understand the relationships between dominant and non-dominant varieties.

Registration is now closed.

The third conference will be held at the University of Surrey, which is conveniently situated near international airports (Heathrow and Gatwick), and 40 minutes by train from London Waterloo. Full board accommodation will be available on campus, and the social programme will include a ceilidh on the evening of 3rd July 2014. 

Organising Committee

Rudolf Muhr (Graz, Austria)
Carla Amorós Negre (Salamanca, Spain)
Leo Kretzenbacher (Melbourne, Australia)
Catrin Norrby (Stockholm, Sweden)
Dawn Marley (Surrey, UK)

More Information

Getting to the University

 For more more general information, such as travel and accommodation please email

For conference specific information please email Dawn Marley

Thursday 3 July 2014

to Friday 4 July 2014

University of Surrey, Lecture Theatre Block
Open to:
Public, Staff, Students, Alumni

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