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Full Title: Globalising Sociolinguistics

      
Short Title: GS
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Start Date: 18-Jun-2015 - 20-Jun-2015
Contact: Dick Smakman
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Globalising Sociolinguistics. Challenging the Anglo-Western nature of Sociolinguistics and expanding theories

18-20 June 2015
Leiden University, Netherlands

Theoretical Mismatches:

This conferences addresses mismatches between mainstream sociolinguistic models and non-Anglo-Western sociolinguistic settings. Papers are invited on sociolinguistic issues, from various areas in the world, which challenge or expand mainstream theories. Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome. Papers will explore sociolinguistic settings in various regions, focusing on difficulties in applying common theory in the region in question, or the need to expand theory. In so doing, the conference hopes to lay bare the nature and the mechanisms related to the named bias and arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of sociolinguistic issues around the world.

A combined European, American and British dominance is known to exist in sociolinguistic theory-making. This results in difficulties in using several dominant sociolinguistic models outside their ‘western’ geographical domain. Most researchers working outside this domain are keenly aware of this, and hence objections to this dominance are regularly vented by them. However, despite the fact that non-Anglo-Western language settings are described extensively in a multitude of publications, these settings somehow seem to contribute less to mainstream theory and are implicitly regarded as deviant.

This conference will also celebrate the publication of the Routledge volume ‘Globalising Sociolinguistics’, which is to appear early 2015. This volume contains 19 chapters – written by 27 authors, from all continents – describing the sociolinguistic situations in various regions and speech communities in the world. Each chapter describes a number of mismatches between mainstream sociolinguistic theory and the situation in the specific region/community. A number of authors will be present at the conference.

Plenary Speakers:

Florian Coulmas. Director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo. Associate Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Author of Sociolinguistics. The Study of Speakers’ Choices (2005).

Maarten Mous. Professor of African Linguistics and Head of the Department of African Languages and Cultures, Leiden University. Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His research interests include Language & Identity and Cushitic and Bantu languages. Author of The making of a mixed language: The case of Ma’á/Mbugu (2003).

Daming Xu. Professor of Chinese Linguistics, University of Macau. Co-editor of Industrialization and the Re-structuring of Speech Communities in China and Europe (2010).

Reem Bassiouney. Associate Professor of Linguistics, The American University of Cairo. Author of Functions of Code-Switching in Egypt (2006), Arabic Sociolinguistics (2008), and Arabic and the Media (2010). Her work focusses on Arabic sociolinguistics, including code-switching, language and gender, leveling, register, language policy, and discourse analysis. She is also an award winning novelist. Author of the novel The Pistachio Seller (2009).

Rajend Mesthrie. Professor of Linguistics and Research Chair in the School of African & Gender Studies, Anthropology & Linguistics of Cape Town University, honorary life executive member of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa. His main recent work has stressed language variation and contact in the South African context as well as sociophonetics and English dialectology in South Africa. Amongst his publications are Language in South Africa (2002), World Englishes (with Rakesh Bhatt, 2008), A Dictionary of South African Indian English (2010), and the bestseller Introducing Sociolinguistics (with Joan Swann, Ana Deumert, and William Leap, 2010).
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.4872


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