The opening lecture, by Suzanne Romaine, focuses on linguistic diversity and sustainability. The approach that views languages as a factor influencing development has been gaining visibility in recent years. That said, it needs to establish itself more firmly in discussions, policies, and practices regarding the safeguard and promotion of language diversity, as well as in those which reflect on and plan sustainable development models for human communities and for humanity in general. Professor Romaine will look at linguistic diversity within the framework of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the United Nations, bringing the discussion into the European context.
With this conference we wish to bring to the fore and promote the sustainability approach to language diversity, an approach that is perhaps newer and less well known, but that we see as crucial and forward-thinking; and we also wish to contribute to current discussions on this theme by setting it within a European forum, incorporating the European perspective.