MedEastern2012 is the second conference in a series of conferences held at the University of Cyprus that tackle linguistic/sociolinguistic issues in relation to the Mediterranean area. The first conference was co-organized by the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and the Department of English Studies and was held in October 2009 on the general subject of Language Policy and Language Planning in the Mediterranean – MedLPLP2009 with as invited speakers Bernard Spolsky (Bar-Ilan University), Louis-Jean Calvet (University of Aix-en-Provence) and Fernand de Varennes (Murdock University) and participants from Algeria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Jordan, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and other countries. The proceedings from the conference are being published by Cambridge Scholars.
This year’s conference is organized in collaboration with the UFR SeDyl of the Institut national des langues et civilisations occidentales-INALCO in Paris and the Representation of the European Commission in Cyprus. It is financially supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, the Institut de recherche pour le développement in France and the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus. It takes a closer look to the Endangered Languages of Eastern Mediterranean with as invited speakers Joan Argenter (Autonomous University of Barcelona- Institut d’Estudis Catalans), Anaïd Donabédian (SeDyl-INALCO) and Alexander Borg (Tel Aviv University) and participants from France, Lebanon, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi, the United States and papers on the situation of Aramaic, Cypriot Arabic and other Arabic varieties, Western Armenian, Domari, Judeo-Spanish. This year we have also included two workshops on the teaching of Western Armenian and Cypriot Arabic, two indigenous languages of Cyprus. The Proceedings of the Conference will be published by Cambridge Scholars.