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Full Title: Taboo Conference

Short Title: TaCo2012
Location: Forlì, Italy
Start Date: 25-Oct-2012 - 27-Oct-2012
Contact: Chiara Bucaria
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://taco2012.sitlec.unibo.it
Meeting Description: In a world that seems continuously to be pushing the envelope of what is acceptable to the inhabitants of specific linguistic and cultural contexts, this interdisciplinary conference acknowledges the importance of investigating taboos and their reinforcement/breaking in various areas of language, culture and society, and across different cultures. We propose to explore the delicate balance and subtle boundaries between the need for inclusion and respect for different ethnic, religious, sexual, etc. backgrounds - which seems to be at the basis of modern multicultural societies - and a (un)conscious push towards the breaking of existing taboos, for example for shock value, as in the case of humour. In such context, investigation of the linguistic, cultural, social, institutional and personal implications of taboo reinforcement/breaking appears of extreme value.

Keynote speakers include:

Christie Davies - University of Reading
Don Kulick - University of Chicago
Brett Mills - University of East Anglia
Jessica Milner Davis - University of Sydney
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: None
LL Issue: 23.1179

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