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Oxford Global Languages at the Current Trends in Linguistics Conference 2019

The Current Trends in Linguistics Conference 2019 (CuTLi 2019) took place on 28th and 29th of March 2019, hosted by the Institute of English and American Studies Department of English Linguistics, University of Hamburg, at the Warburg-Haus Library, Germany.

This year’s conference theme was  Multilingual Development and World Englishes, with a particular focus on the linguistic fields of multilingualism, varieties of English and language acquisition.

Linguists, translators, interpreters, and teachers of ESL took part in the conference, which was organized by the Institute of English and American Studies at Hamburg University for the third time. The idea for an academic conference about multilingual studies was originally conceived by Professors Peter Siemund and Robert Fuchs.

This year’s key speakers Professors María del Pilar García Mayo (University of the Basque Country, Spain) and Ulrike Gut  (University of Münster) opened the conference sessions.

The conference main purpose was to discuss urgent issues around multilingualism from both theoretic and practical points of view.

The Oxford Global Languages initiative exhibited at CuTLi2019, showing the width and breadth of the initiative: its mission, goals and future perspectives.

The conference delegates were introduced to Oxford Global Languages’ range of languages (20 launched so far), the free access to lexical and non-lexical content on its sites; and its aspect of community engagement around these digital resources.

Oxford Global Languages Tatar Language Manager, Dr Golshat Safiullina also presented the programme and the Oxford Tatar online dictionary at a pre-conference meeting with Professor Siemund and his PhD students: Eliane Lorentz, Kathrin Feindt, Ӧzge Ӧztürk, Lijun Li, and Sharareh Rahbari. The presentation ended with an interesting academic discussion around Oxford Global Languages goals and objectives.

Seventy scholars from Germany, England, Austria, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Kenya, Nigeria, China, Iran, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and other countries took part in the conference sessions, discussions and poster presentations.  

The Oxford Global Languages initiative received lots of positive feedback and some good suggestions from the participants:

'Thank you very much for this idea of connecting languages, cultures and linguistic communities of the world! It is really great – to be at the distance of a click with people from all over the world and have a possibility to learn about origins and use of words.'
Evhenia Hasai, MA Student, Hamburg University

'It is an interesting programme that lets people around the world have the access to minority languages. It fits the multilingual development nowadays. It may be hard to collect the data for all these minority languages, but you do such a great work. Congratulations!'
Jigui Cai, MA Student, Hamburg University

'I find it really great that the Tatar language is now a part of Oxford dictionaries. Moreover, I think Ukrainian should also be among Oxford Global Languages.'
Nataliia Smyk, MA Student, Hamburg University

'I find it very important and helpful to have these online language resources, as they ensure that the languages are not only immortalized but are also made accessible to interested parties. I would love to have more African languages present.'
Rachel Muchira, Gĩķũyũ speaker from Kenya, Leipzig University

'This programme is a great opportunity to look up words even in dialects. Speaking a dialect, representing a minority is not valued enough as speaking the official language in the country. This website displays different language and dialects.'
Ebru Bagdat, MA Student, Hamburg University

'We could also include the languages, such as Uzbej, Kyrgyz and Ahiska-Turkish.'
Irodakhon Abdirazakova, MA Student, University of Hamburg