Conf/Prog - Zazaki – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Survival and Standardization of a Threatened Language, 18 December 2015, Vienna, Austria

Publish Date: Nov 17, 2015

This symposium shall provide a space to openly discuss the future of Zazaki

We shall discuss the possibilities and the framework for the endurance of the language and formulate feasible options. The question of the standardization of the language is still heavily disputed among linguists. Since Zazaki has several dialects and the speakers have not yet thought about the political dimension, the question of standardization and the question of how this standardization can be carried out remains open.

In this context, the discussion often diverges from the question of ethnicity and belonging of Zazaki speakers. Until now, they have generally been seen as Kurds. However, over the course of the last years, the position that Zazaki is a language of its own has become dominant. The question of ethnic belonging has become pertinent as well. Concerning this question, it is interesting if language alone is a sufficient indicator of ethnic belonging, or if other factors play a role as well.

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17.30 Admission

18.00 Opening addresses

18.15 First Panel Part A

18.30 Heiner Eichner

Zaza – History and Present of a Northwestern Iranian Language from a Linguistic Perspective

18.45 Mesut Keskin

On the Standardization Efforts for a Comprehensive Literary Language in Zazaki

19.00 Jaffer Sheyholislami

Linguistic Landscapes and Competing Language Ideologies in Iraqi Kurdistan

First Panel Part B

19.15 Mehmet Emir

Multimediashow - „My Journey Back Home“

19.30 Ursula Hemetek

Music as a Factor of Identity Formation among Minorities – Starting Points for an Applied Ethnomusicology

19.45 Discussion

20.15 Break

20.30 Second Panel

20.45 Dieter Halwachs

Vitality and Functionality of Dominated Languages

21.00 Katharina Brizic

Zaza in Viennese Educational and Linguistic Biographies – A Sociolinguistic Contributionto Diaspora, Conflict and Belonging

21.15 Inci Dirim

Models of Linguistic Education

21.30 Discussion

22.00 End

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