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Full Title: Language Ideologies and Music in Contact Situations

Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Start Date: 18-Sep-2014 - 18-Sep-2014
Contact: Eeva Sippola
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: This workshop examines language ideologies in contact situations taking language in music as the focus of our analysis. The talks present case studies of different contact settings from around the world, such as Pacific reggae, Philippine creole rap, and the Caribbean/Jamaican reggae.

Language choice and change are always intertwined, both in terms of the codes themselves and the indexical association between language elements and social meanings. The study of language ideologies permits analysing sociolinguistic situations in transformation of which contact situations constitute a pertinent example. A potential entry point to understanding present-day language use and language discourse in such contexts is the study of language in popular music. Popular music is an important means of negotiating and establishing local identity in contemporary social life. Impacting on evaluations of what is considered ‘correct’ but also of what is seen as ‘cool’, language discourse in popular music often blurs the traditional distinctions between ‘overt’ and ‘covert’ prestige.
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.3090

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