Symposium Obdobja 43

LANGUAGE RULES AND NORMS

Ljubljana, 13–15 November 2024
 

Submitting a contribution

 

Important dates

Description Date
Registration for the symposium 15 February 2024
Notification of the acceptance of the submitted theme 1 March 2024
Submitting a contribution (up to 20,000 characters with spaces) 10 May 2024
Review process 15 May–15 June 2024
Notification of the referees’ evaluation 5 July 2024
Submission of the final (revised) version of the paper 20 July 2024
Notification of inclusion of the paper in the programme 20 September 2024
Payment and registration fee 5 November 2024
Symposium 13–15 November 2024

General Information

  • Invitation

    You are invited to take part in the 43rd international Obdobja Symposium on the theme of Language Rules and Norms, which will be held from 13 to 15 November 2024, held by the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.

    At the 43rd Obdobja Symposium, you are invited to reflect on the following topics: written and spoken standards (orthography and orthoepy), which refer to the rules of standard language; dictionaries and grammars, which describe the norms of both standard and non-standard language; teaching the standard language; and language advising and correction.

    Describing language and exercising caution in evaluating and prescribing language use are at the forefront of linguistics today. Research focuses on linguistic description, considering social relations and the special features of the speech situation studied. The reasons for such caution can also be found in the past understanding of language rules, which led to more rigid standpoints: the rejection of linguistic innovations, which were associated with destroying the language, and the rejection of language rules, which were presented as destroying linguistic creativity.

    The interconnection of the public and private spheres on the world wide web and of standard and non-standard language in public makes it difficult to define varieties and determine the characteristics of rules. Nonetheless, the vital role of standard language as a connecter and representative of the nation cannot be denied. Specifically, this is the language variety in which education and language assessment take place, and which requires clear and relevant language rules that can be learned—and, first and foremost, used in public communication. Outside school, there are fewer formal requirements for using language in line with the established rules, but nonetheless the search for this type of information is constantly present. The language consulting and editing services that have developed also show that seeking information about language rules and advice on language use is not limited to classroom learning.

    The goal of this symposium is to present the achievements of Slovene linguistics and stimulate discussion by both the Slovene and international professional community that deliberates on language rules and norms, and is involved in teaching standard language and in language correction and editing.

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Saška Štumberger, presidents of the 43rd Obdobja Symposium

  • Thematic Areas

    1. Written and spoken standards (orthography and orthoepy)
      1. Normative guides for written and spoken language: history, users, content
      2. Changes in rules for standard written and spoken language
      3. Comparisons with other languages
      4. Digitization of reference works and sources
      5. Standard written and spoken language as a reflection of social change
      6. Doublets in written and spoken language
    2. Dictionaries and grammars
      1. Spatial, social, and functional varieties
      2. Linguistic levels
      3. Normativity in terminology
    3. Teaching
      1. Spoken and written language in education
      2. Views on standard written and spoken language
      3. Standard written and spoken language content at various education levels
      4. Slovene as a second/foreign language
      5. Acquiring and exploring terminology, and lifelong learning
    4. Language advising and correction
      1. Language advising topics
      2. Terminological advising
      3. Justifying language corrections
      4. Media
      5. Copyediting
      6. School, literary, and scholarly texts
  • Organisers

    The Symposium is organised by The Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language at the Department of Slovene Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Trubarjeva cesta 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana.

    Symposium president

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Saška Štumberger, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    E: saska.stumberger@ff.uni-lj.si

    Symposium organisers

    Assist. Prof. Dr. Damjan Huber, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    Teja Šušteršič
    , University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    E: simpozij@ff.uni-lj.si
    T: 00386 1 241 86 76

    Technical editors of symposium publications

    Matej Klemen, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    Mag. Mateja Lutar, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts

  • Programme committee

    • Prof. Dr. Maria Bidovec Sinković, University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Faculty of Arts, Italy
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Helena Dobrovoljc, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Lara Godec Soršak, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education
    • Lect. Dr. Nataša Hribar, University of Klagenfurt, Faculty of Humanities & Education, Austria
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Mateja Jemec Tomazin, Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
    • Prof. dr. Elizabeta Jenko, University of Vienna, Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies, Austria
    • Prof. Dr. Simona Kranjc, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Tina Lengar Verovnik, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences; Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fran Ramovš Institute of the Slovenian Language
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nataša Pirih Svetina, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Mojca Smolej, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Marko Stabej, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Saška Štumberger, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Hotimir Tivadar, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
    • Assist. Prof. Dr. Jana Volk, University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities
    • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Melita Zemljak Jontes, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts
    • Prof. Dr. Andreja Žele, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts
  • Venue

    University of Ljubljana (main building, 1st floor), Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Registering for the symposium and submitting a contribution 

    Registration will take place until 15 February 2024 via the symposium website (Symposium Obdobja 43, Registration Form). Upon registration, a summary needs to be submitted of around 250 words, including proposed references. By 1 March 2024 applicants will receive notice of acceptance.

    When selecting contributions, we will take into account the theme and its relevance to the section chosen, as well as clarity, comprehensiveness, variety and innovativity.

    The deadline for submission of papers is 10 May 2024 (up to 20,000 characters with spaces, including literature and notes). Guidelines for formatting the text will be sent to authors via email and will also be published on the symposium website.

    Before printing, contributions will be subject to blind review by two peer reviewers, and authors will be notified of the reviewers’ evaluation by 5 July 2024 at the latest.

    The final (corrected) version of the paper will need to be submitted by 20 July 2024; notification of inclusion in the symposium programme will be sent to participants by 20 September 2024.

    Papers will be published in a thematically rounded monograph which participants will receive at the event and which will also be freely available on the website of the Centre for Slovene in the section Obdobja publications.

  • Registration fee

    The fee for taking part and presenting a paper is 88 EUR and includes a folder containing symposium material, the publication of the paper, the symposium proceedings, the accompanying programme, lunches and event organisation. Participants will be sent an invoice via e-mail. 5 November 2024 is the deadline for the payment of the registration fee.
  • Presentation of a paper

    The time available for the presentation is 20 minutes. Working languages will be Slovene and English; by prior agreement with the organisers the use of another language is possible.
  • Accommodation in Ljubljana

    Participants must book and cover the cost of accommodation themselves. Addresses of Ljubljana hotels are provided below.

    Hotel Emonec***
    Wolfova 12, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 51 399 81400386 1 200 15 20
    E: hotelemonec@siol.net
    W: https://www.hotel-emonec.com/sl/
    Distance from the University: 5 min

    Hotel Mrak***
    Rimska cesta 4, Ljubljana
    T: 00386 1 421 96 50
    E: info@hotelmrak.si
    W: https://hotelmrak.si
    Distance from the University: 5 min

    City Hotel Ljubljana***
    Dalmatinova 15, Ljubljana
    T: 00386 1 239 00 00
    E: info@cityhotel.si
    W: https://www.cityhotel.si
    Distance from the University: 15 min

    Hotel Park***
    Tabor 9, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 300 25 00
    E: ljubljana@hotelbb.com
    W: https://www.hotel-bb.com/sl/hotel/ljubljana-park
    Distance from the University: 20 min

    Hotel Slon****
    Slovenska 34, Ljubljana

    T: 00386 1 470 11 00
    E: sales@hotelslon.com
    W: https://www.hotelslon.com/sl
    Distance from the University: 5 min

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