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Full Title: Sociolinguistics Symposium 20

      
Location: Jyväskylä, Finland
Start Date: 15-Jun-2014 - 18-Jun-2014
Contact: Sari Pietikäinen
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/ss20/
Meeting Description: Sociolinguistics Symposium 20
June 15-18, 2014
Jyväskylä, Finland

The 20th Sociolinguistics Symposium will be held on June 15-18, 2014, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Since the 1970s, the Sociolinguistics Symposia have brought together sociolinguists and discourse researchers interested in investigating and theorizing issues concerning language in society. Attracting hundreds of participants and exhibitors, the Symposium is also a stimulating space for networking. We warmly welcome you to discuss fundamental issues in sociolinguistics and discourse studies, and not only to rethink our present understanding of these disciplines but also to imagine their future frontiers.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/education/blackledge-adrian.aspx

Professor Monica Heller, University of Toronto
http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/hsssje/Faculty_Staff/Faculty_Profiles/1615/Monica_Heller.html

Professor Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
http://www.cmu.edu/hss/english/people/faculty/bios/barbara-johnstone.html

Professor Terttu Nevalainen, University of Helsinki
http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/people/varieng_nevalainen.html

Professor Nigel Thrift, University of Warwick
http://nigelthrift.wordpress.com/biography/

Invited Colloquia:

Discourse and Creativity across Modes and Materialities
Organizer: Rodney Jones, City University of Hong Kong

Social Class in Sociolinguistics: Parameters, Issues and Research
Organizer: David Block, ICREA-Universitat de Lleida

Commodification of Russian around the World: Globalization without English?
Organizer: Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University

Boundary, Disturbance and Conversation
Organizers: Alexandre Duchene, University of Fribourg and Cécile Vigouroux, Simon Fraser University

On Global Indigeneity
Organizers: Veli-Pekka Lehtola, University of Oulu and Theresa McCarthy, University of California & Arizona State University

Sociolinguistics and Language(s) in Education across Time and Space
Organizer: Patricia Duff, University of British Columbia
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 24.3494

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Methods of Exploring Influence and Interaction in Historical Sociolinguistics
Transnational Religious Communities and Technology Colloquium

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