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Full Title: Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)centring and (De)standardization

      
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Start Date: 03-Jun-2015 - 06-Jun-2015
Contact: Adam Jaworski
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.english.hku.hk/events/slxg2015
Meeting Description: Following on a decade from the 'Language & Global Communication' conference held at Cardiff University (2005), the sociolinguistics of globalization has emerged and developed as an important, interdisciplinary programme of research. Much excellent work has broadened our understanding of the role of language in the representation, manifestation and spread of the ideologies and material processes of globalization.

We invite a reflection and re-assessment of these issues. Specifically, as suggested in the subtitle of the conference, we propose to focus on issues of spatial and symbolic mobility, change and paradigmatic state of flux that appear to characterize much of contemporary social life. With the social, cultural, political and economic processes continuing to destabilize traditional 'centres' and normativities, we are interested in identifying new, emerging regimes of language, dominant language ideologies, and the resources that are deployed to maintain and to subvert these ideologies.

We continue asking two fundamental and interrelated questions: How are we to continue theorizing language and communication under globalization? How can sociolinguistic theory shed new light on our understanding of globalization?

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Nikolas Coupland
University of Technology, Sydney and Copenhagen University

Professor Christopher Hutton
University of Hong Kong

Professor Michelle Lazar
National University of Singapore

Professor Christopher Stroud
University of the Western Cape

Professor Kathryn Woolard
University of California, San Diego
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3789


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