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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: HiSoN 2014: Historical Discourses on Language and Power

Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Start Date: 06-Feb-2014 - 08-Feb-2014
Contact: Kristine Horner
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/hison
Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce that the next Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN) conference will take place on 6-8 February 2014 at the University of Sheffield. Bordering the picturesque Peak District, Sheffield is easily reached via Manchester International Airport as well as London airports.

Keynote Speakers:

Anita Auer (Universiteit Utrecht)

Nils Langer (University of Bristol)

Sharon Macdonald (University of York)

Phil Withington (University of Sheffield)


This conference aims to zone in on the interface between history and linguistics, with a sharp focus on historical discourses on language and power. Power plays a central role in shaping social interactions and various forms of group membership. It enables the construction of insiders and outsiders in relation to ethnicity, social class, gender, religion and so on. From a historical perspective, in what ways has language been central to constructing, challenging and reconfiguring boundaries? Additionally, in what ways do contemporary discourses on language and power draw on historical events to justify or contest social practices?
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.3356

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