Theme 2: Major problems with minor languages

Linguistic communities can have the experience of feeling themselves to be in a minority for many reasons. Thus, we address here issues pertaining to minor languages where we propose to embrace a range of terms - minority languages, lesser-used languages, languages of limited diffusion, less-taught languages and endangered languages. The challenges of adequately addressing contemporary terminological needs for minor languages are many and varied since the conditions prevailing in many locales vary for historical, geographical, demographic, economic, cultural and linguistic reasons. On the other hand, parallels may be found and not only with other minor languages but with major languages also. In working towards identifying such parallels, we may find solutions in unexpected sources.

Questions:

  • Do terminological user-needs differ in the case of minor languages?
  • Are there different terminological user groups in different languages?
  • Are different approaches needed in different circumstances?
  • Do terminologists need different skills and training for minor languages?
  • Have some strategies been developed which could be applied to widely-used languages?

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Agenda

VIth T&SCIT
Terminology, Structured Communication and Information Technologies

10-11 August
Medellin
Colombia

Workshop Realiter
26-27 September
Faro
Portugal

ReCLes.pt 2019 International Conference: “Approaches to teaching and learning languages for specific purposes: Building bridges across the classroom and the professional world”
3–4 October
Universidade do Algarve
Algarve
Portugal
 
Conference on terminology
Scientific, administrative and educational dimensions of terminology
17-18 October
Institute of the Lithuanian Language
Vilnius
Lithuania

Symposium Language & the Law
Dutch Language Foundation
18 October 2019
Den Haag - Nederland


12th Conference on Hellenic Language and Terminology: Medical terminology, yesterday—today—tomorrow, ELETO
7–9 November
Athens
Greece

7th Conference on Academic Estonian
Estonian Academy of Sciences
21 November
Tallinn

ToTH Workshop: “Term Formation”
29 November
Dublin
Ireland