Standardising Minority Languages

Closing conference and book launch for the project "Standardising Minority Languages" (STANDARDS).

PLEASE NOTE that the conference venue has been moved to the MultiLing meeting room. 

Standardizing Minority Languages: Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery front page


Please register for the conference here by December 6 at 14:00. Participation is free of charge.

Closing conference and book launch

The conference will mark the closure/closing of the STANDARDS-project and launch the volume Standardizing Minority Languages. Competing Ideologies of Authority and Authenticity in the Global Periphery, edited by Pia Lane, James Costa and Haley De Korne.

The volume is published Open Access by Routledge, and may be downloaded here

The conference will consist of presentations of select chapters from the book, as well as presentations by scholars and policy-makers working with minority languages, and group discussion sessions.


Thursday, December 7th

9:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-10:30    Welcome (Pia Lane, James Costa, Haley De Korne and Unn Røyneland)
10:30-11:30 Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin (University of Limerick)
Legitimacy and necessity in the creation of minority language standards and in their reform
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:15 Bernadette O'Rourke (Heriot-Watt University)
Negotiating the standard in contemporary Galicia
12:15-12:45 Elina Kangas (University of Oslo)
New Speakers of Meänkieli and language standardization
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Pia Lane (University of Oslo)
Language standardisation as frozen mediated actions – the materiality of language standardization
14:30-15:00 Aleksandra Oszmianska-Pagett (WSJO/Council of Europe)
How do new communication technologies create a challenge for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages?
15:00-15:15  Break
15:15-16:00   Discussion

Friday, December 8th

9:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-11:00 Alexandra Jaffe (California State University Long Beach)
Standards at the Intersection of the Experiential and the Political   
11:00-11:15 Break                                                        
11:15-11:45 Diana Camps (University of Oslo)
Legitimating Limburgish: The reproduction of heritage 
11:45-12:15 James Costa (University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle)
On the pros and cons of standardizing Scots: Notes from the North of a small island 
12:15-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:00 Donna  Patrick (Carleton University)  
Standardization of Inuit languages in Canada
14:00-14:30 Haley De Korne (University of Oslo)
"That's too much to learn": Writing, longevity, and urgency in the Isthmus Zapotec speech community
14:30-15.00 Break
15:00-15:30 Unn Røyneland (University of Oslo)
Democratic deliberation in language planning
15:30-16:00  Discussion
16.00-16:45 Documentary movie ’The Secret Language’ Lightsource Productions (To be confirmed)  
17:00 Finger food


  • Alexandra Jaffe (California State University Long Beach)
  • Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin (University of Limerick)
  • Donna Patrick (Carleton University)
  • Bernadette O'Rourke (Heriot-Watt University)
  • Aleksandra Oszmianska-Pagett (WSJO)
  • Jeela Palluq-Cloutier (Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, Inuit Language Authority of Nunavut)
  • Unn Røyneland (University of Oslo)
  • Haley De Korne (University of Oslo)
  • James Costa (University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Pia Lane (University of Oslo)
  • Diana Camps (University of Oslo)
  • Elina Kangas (University of Oslo)

Project participants

Pia Lane (PI), James Costa, Haley De Korne, Diana Camps and Elina Kangas


University of Tromsø, University of Uppsala, the Department of Sami and Minority Affairs - Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation and Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages – Council of Europe

About the STANDARDS project

Why and how are minority languages increasingly standardized around the world? The project Standardising Minority Languages – STANDARDS focusses on the role of social actors in processes of standardization, or, in other words: how people react when a written standard of their language is established or developed. Developing a standard for a minority language is not a neutral process; this has consequences for the status of the language and how the language users/speakers relate to the new standard. An unaddressed dimension of minority language standardization has been how social actors engage with, support, negotiate, resist and even reject such processes.

Our focus is on social actors rather than language as a means for analysing the complexity and tensions inherent in contemporary standardization processes. By considering the perspectives and actions of people who participate in or are affected by minority language politics, the project aims to provide a comparative and nuanced analysis of the complexity and tensions inherent in minority language standardisation processes.

The volume addresses tensions that are born of the renewed or continued need to standardize ‘language’ in the early 21st century across the world. It proposes to go beyond the traditional macro/micro dichotomy by foregrounding the role of actors as they position themselves as users of standard forms of language, oral or written, across sociolinguistic scales. Language policy processes can be seen as practices and ideologies in action and this volume therefore investigates how social actors in a wide range of geographical settings embrace, contribute to, resist and also reject (aspects of) minority language standardization.



Pia Lane and Haley De Korne
Published Sep. 15, 2017 11:06 AM - Last modified Dec. 6, 2017 9:48 AM