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The beauty of language diversity

December 05,2014

Fernand de Varennes discusses language diversity, rights and policies at the LPP 2014 Conference.

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Each September, as the school year begins, a group of international students, academics, researchers and stakeholders get together to discuss the state of language and language policy around the world.

The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference, organized by the Werklund School of Education’s professor Tom Ricento and his team, regularly draws people from all over the world to present their ideas, to discuss challenges related to the topics surrounding language and language policy, and share their ideas on a range of issues

This year’s conference, the third annual event, saw close to 100 submissions presented from more than two dozen countries, spread out over the three days of the conference, which was held at the University of Calgary’s Rozsa Centre .

The first plenary speaker at the conference, Fernand de Varennes, is affiliated with the Universities of Hong Kong, Pretoria, and Vytautas Magnus University of Lithuania, and he gave his talk on “Language diversity, language rights, and the contribution of language policies.”