Slavic Minorities and their (Literary) Languages in the EuropeanContext and Beyond: the Current Situation and Critical Challenges

Date: 30-31 January 2015


Venue: Waseda University, Waseda Campus, New 3rd Bldg., Room 701 (7th floor)


Preliminary Program

January 30th (Fri.)

Opening Remarks: 13:10-13:15

Motoki Nomachi (Hokkaido U)

Keynote Lecture: 13:15-14:30

Chair: Motoki Nomachi (Hokkaido U)

George J. Marvan (Charles U in Prague) “Łysohorskyʼs Poetic Lachian – a Museum

Exhibit or a Message for the Future?”

Session 1. Languages Emancipation in the Balkans: 14:30-16:00

Chair: Masumi Kameda (U of Tokyo)

Evangelia Adamou (French National Centre for Scientific Research): “Why Pomak will not be the Next New Literary Slavic Language and Why This Matters”

Motoki Nomachi (Hokkaido U) & Bojan Belić (U of Washington): “Issues in Southeast European Language Emancipation”

Discussant: Dieter Stern (Ghent U)


Coffee break: 16:00-16:15


Session 2. Issues of Corpus Planning: 16:15-17:45

Chair: Satoshi Hashimoto (Hokkaido U)

Mira Načeva-Marvanová (J.E. Purkyně U): “Electronic Corpora of Slavic Micro-Languages at their Threshold – the State of the Art and its Further Prospects”

Jan Maksymiuk (Independent scholar): “The Development of a Latin Spelling System for Podlachian”

Discussant: Yukiyasu Arai (Hokkaido U)


January 31st (Sat.)

Special Presentation 1. 9:30-10:45

Chair: Bojan Belić (U of Washington)

Dieter Stern (Ghent U): “The Privacy of Having a Language of One’s Own: Slavic Regional Standard Projects and Minority Agendas Online”


Coffee break 10:45-11:00


Session 3. Linguistic Situations in Eastern Slovakia Today: 11:00-12:30

Chair: Satoshi Hashimoto (Hokkaido U)

Slavomír Ondrejovič (Ľ. Štúr Institute of Linguistics of SAS): “On the Eastern Slovak Linguistic Separatism”

Konstantin Lifanov (Lomonosov Moscow State U): “The Language of the Eastern Slovakia Landmarks of the Writing System from Modern Perspective” (in Russian)

Discussant: Susumu Nagayo (Waseda U)


Lunch break 12:30-14:00


Session 4. Micro-literary Languages in European Context: 14:00-16:00

Chair: Keiko Mitani (U of Tokyo)

Satoshi Terao (U of Tokyo): “The Possibility of the Mirandese Language as a Model for the Establishment and Promotion of Lesser-used Minority Languages”

Madlena Norberg (U of Potsdam): “The Maintenance of Lower Sorbian in Brandenburg”

Dicussant: Goro Christoph Kimura (Sophia U)

Special Presentation 2. 16:00-17:15

Chair: Motoki Nomachi (Hokkaido U)

Jaromira Labudda (Linia School): “The Kashubian Education Yesterday and Today”

General Discussion and Closing Remarks: 17:15-17:30

Chair: Dieter Stern (Ghent U)


Organized by:

Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (SRC), Hokkaido University, Japan

Ghent Center for Slavic and East European Studies (GCSEES), Ghent University, Belgium


Sponsored by:

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B "A Comprehensive Study of the Slavic Micro Literary Languages after Revolutions of 1989" (headed by Motoki Nomachi)

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research B "Images of East in Eastern European Literature" (headed by Ken-ichi Abe)

JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research A 25243002 (headed by Mitsuyoshi Numano)

The Japan Society for the Study of Slavic Languages and Literatures (JSSSLL)