Seminars,lectures and symposia

4th International Language Management Symposium: Reconsidering ‘the process’ in Language Management

Date2015.9.26 –27, 2015 (Sat & Sun) 10:00-18:00 (The venue opens at 9:30)

The International Language Management Symposium aims to bring together scholars working with Language Management Theory (LMT) or in related fields, to advance research and encourage collaboration. The LMT framework, originally developed by J. V. Neustupný and B. H. Jernudd in 1987, specifically examines different facets of behavior toward language, which can be seen in both individual micro-level interactions and also macro and meso-level language planning and policy. The process at the centre of LMT consists of the noting (of deviations or other phenomena), the evaluation of the noted phenomena, the formulation of adjustment plans and the implementation of those plans. LMT has been applied to a wide range of contexts where individuals interact, such as school, work and the home and has also been used to analyse behavior toward language in institutions of varying complexity, such as families, social and political groups, universities, corporations, government ministries, the media, etc. Another important feature of LMT research is that it takes a broad view of linguistic activities, to include both communicative and sociocultural elements. The Fourth Language Management Symposium, to be held in Tokyo, will have a special focus on ‘the process’ in language management and welcomes papers based on empirical studies that question or make suggestions to improve the original process model. Recent studies have highlighted, for example, the dialectical relationship between language use on the micro level and language planning on the macro and meso levels (Nekvapil, 2009), the existence of pre-interaction management, whereby language management takes place to prevent a deviation from occurring (Nekvapil & Sherman, 2009), or the possibility of adding a further feedback/ post-implementation stage (Kimura, 2013). For details, see . The Fourth Language Management Symposium will also include a special panel discussion, sponsored by Sophia University, which will address the development of LMT research in different parts of the world.

Invited speakers
Bjorn Jernudd    Independent Researcher, Washington D.C.
Jiri Nekvapil    Charles University,Prague
Sau Kuen Fan    Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba

Programme:Please see here for details.

We have an informal dinner on Saturday the 26th September.  For more
details,  click here. If you would like to attend the dinner please let us know by
September 18th.

Poster:Please see here for details.



Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Kioicho 7-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan

YOTSUYA CAMPUS (direction from Yotsuya Station)
Yotsuya Campus Access
Yotsuya Campas map
The library building
Sophia University Library

・Access to the cities in the Tokyo metropolitan area↓
From Narita International Airport
From Haneda International Airport

The hotels below are located within walking distance from the
university. Using public transport (JR trains or Metro) provides you
with more options for accommodation in the nearby areas, depending on
your preference and budget. For an idea, it takes about 5 minutes by
train from Shinjuku to Yotsuya, and 10 minutes from Tokyo (Tokyo station),
for example.
Mitsui Garden Hotel Yotsuya
Hotel Tokyu Stay Yotsuya


Registration Fee: Free

Please email your name and affiliation to
by Wednesday the 16th September.
Conference proceedings will be provided on the day.
There will be an informal dinner on Saturday, from 19:00 near Sophia University
For more details,  click here.
If you would like to attend the dinner please let us know by September 18th.


Local organizing committee
Goro Kimura (chair)
Lisa Fairbrother (contact person)
Yuko Masuda
Kanako Takeda