- Wednesday, 20th of November, 15:00-16:00
- Room CY007
- Assoc. Prof. Marilena Karyolemou, UCY
presentation focusses on
by the Cyprus Republic to revitalize Cypriot Arabic or Sanna
(hence CA) (Roth
1975, 1986, Borg 1985, 2004, Gülle 2014, 2016), a severely endangered
indigenous language of Cyprus today spoken by less than 1000 speakers (Karyolemou
2009, 2010). This is a unique example of reviving a minority language in the
Hellenic speaking world (both Greece and Cyprus) where a multitude of minority
languages are being spoken,
have never been recognized or protected.
As it will be shown, the process of revitalization is a multilevel effort that needs to take into account both the current sociolinguistic situation as regards the language, but also the desiderata of the community of speakers and, because of specific economic and political conditions prevailing on the island, financial considerations, political limitations and issues of symbolic power in the management of language and linguistic resources (Karyolemou 2018, 2019, Baider & Karyolemou 2015).
Dr Marilena Karyolemou is
Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Byzantine and Modern
Greek Studies at the University of Cyprus. She has studied Modern Literature at
the University Champagnes | Ardennes (France) and holds a Ph.D in
Language Sciences from the University René Descartes | Paris V.
has been a member of the Cyprus Permanent Committee on Geographical Names
representing the University of Cyprus (1997-1999); language group correspondent
for Cyprus in the preparation of the Euromosaic III report on minority languages
published by the Commission in 2004; and responsible for the design and
supervision of the teaching program at the School of Modern Greek (University
of Cyprus) for a number of years.
has been collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus as
an expert evaluator of language textbooks for teaching Greek as a first
language (National levels 2000) and of the intensive programme of teaching
Greek as a second language in primary and secondary schools.
is a member
of the National Committee of Experts for the Revival of Cypriot Arabic since
2007 and responsible for the research programme for the safeguard and revival
of Cypriot Arabic of the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Her main areas of interest are: sociolinguistics; language policy and language planning; dialectology; language attitudes; minority languages.
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