Congreso, coloquio o simposio

Infoling 12.51 (2021)
Título:1st International Conference on the Asturian Language: Distinctiveness, Identity, and Officiality (ICAL)
Entidad organizadora:Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Lugar de celebración:Madrid, España
Fecha de inicio:27 de abril de 2022
Fecha de finalización:29 de abril de 2022
Circular Nº:1
Contacto:Avelino Corral Esteban,

The aim of this conference is to gather at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid scholars, researchers, and other academics who work on the Asturian language.


The conference focuses primarily on the distinctive grammatical (e.g. phonetic & phonological, morphosyntactic, lexical, semantic, or pragmatic) properties of the Asturian language, the characteristics of the Asturian cultural identity, and their relationship with the issue of officiality. However, contributions dealing with the Asturian language from any perspective (e.g.

sociolinguistic, literary, historical, educational, economic, political, etc.) will also be more than welcomed. 


The Asturian language (Western Romance) is considered endangered by UNESCO, mainly due to the strong influence that Castilian has had in the region since the 14th. century. In order to revert the situation, the Asturian-speaking community has worked hard for the preservation and revitalization of their local language and has sought its official recognition for decades but the process is not being easy. This conference therefore intends to offer a general overview of the long and arduous process of preservation and revitalization of the Asturian language, placing special emphasis on the objections and criticism that have hampered its success and the recognition of this language as official. After such a long time, the conclusion is that no matter how hard Asturian people work for the protection and preservation of their traditional language because without the support of the political forces it is impossible to revitalize it.  With the publication of Normes Ortográfiques del Asturianu (1981), Gramática de la Llingua Asturiana (1998), Diccionariu de la Llingua Asturiana (2000) and Diccionariu Etimolóxicu de la Llingua Asturiana (2018), the normativization of the language is completed according to the Academia de la Llingua Asturiana but people working for the preservation and revitalization of the Asturian language consider that, in order to ensure its survival, it deserves and needs to be recognized as official. They defend that the Asturian language deserves a similar treatment to that of other regional languages in Spain, such as Basque, Catalan, Galician, and Valencian, which have achieved official status.  More and more Asturian people understand and support the idea that Asturian, as any other language in the world, is an intangible heritage worth preserving and achieving its official status is crucial to ensure its survival. The officiality of the Asturian language would bring not only considerable economic benefit to the region but also an official recognition of its cultural heritage Asturian officialdom, a dream that has lasted for decades but that is now closer than ever to becoming a reality.



Call for Papers:

We invite 20-minute (plus 10-minute discussion) presentation proposals on the following general and/or specific topics:


General topics:

- Study of the distinctive properties of the Asturian language in phonology and phonetics, morphology, lexis, syntax, semantics, pragmatics. Linguistics and history.

- Typological and comparative studies on the Asturian language and its dialectal forms.

- The standardisation process of the Asturian language: selection of a norm, codification of form, elaboration of function, and acceptance by the community. The varieties of the Asturian language.

- Literature in Asturian: relevance of the historical collections and the role of modern Asturian literature.

- Learning and teaching of the Asturian language

- Officiality: consequences in education, economy, politics, etc.


Guidelines for submissions:

Submissions should include the following information:

- Author's name

- Affiliation

- E-mail address

- Paper title

- An abstract with a maximum of 500 words, excluding references


Email for abstract submission:

Área temática:Lingüística románica, Sociolingüística, Tipología
Comité científico

Sonia Barnes, Marquette University, EEUU

Cristina Bleortu, University of Zurich, Suiza

Avelino Corral Esteban, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España

Ináciu Galán y González, Iniciativa pol Asturianu, España

Ana González-Rivas Fernández, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Timothy Gupton, University of Georgia, EEUU

Lucía Hermo del Teso, University of Cincinnati, EEUU

Johannes Kabatek, University of Zurich, Suiza

Covadonga Lamar Prieto, University of California at Riverside, EEUU

Robert Shepherd, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Matthew Stephen Stuckwisch, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, EEUU

Roger Wright, University of Liverpool, Reino Unido

Comité organizador

Avelino Corral Esteban, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España

Ináciu Galán y González, Iniciativa pol Asturianu, España

Ana González-Rivas Fernández, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid


Plazo de envío de propuestas: hasta el1 de febrero de 2022
Notificación de contribuciones aceptadas:15 de febrero de 2022
Lengua(s) oficial(es) del evento:

español, inglés

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:22 de diciembre de 2021
Avelino Corral Esteban
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid