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LINGUIST List 24.2029

Mon May 13 2013

Confs: Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-May-2013
From: Anita Auer <a.aueruu.nl>
Subject: Mobility, Variability and Changing Literacies in Modern Times
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Mobility, Variability and Changing Literacies in Modern Times

Date: 11-Jun-2014 - 13-Jun-2014
Location: Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact: Anita Auer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://mobilityandchangingliteracies.wordpress.com/

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This conference aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect of
geographical and/or social mobility, linguistic variability and changing
literacies in modern times. This three-day conference offers a forum for
researchers working in the fields of (historical) sociolinguistics and social
(and economic) history who seek to explore the processes and forms of both
social and geographic mobility, as well as their effects on language variation
and change and on evolving literacies in various parts of the world. The
chronological scope of the studies presented at the conference covers the
period from the introduction of the printing press (c. fifteenth century in
Europe) to the present day. Both synchronic and diachronic approaches are
welcome.

The conference is motivated by the increase in new material sources that
enable access to a broader social scope of informants than has previously
been possible, e.g. depositions, pauper letters, emigrant letters. These new
sources have opened up interesting possibilities for the investigation of
language use in various parts of the world and are often related to socio-
economic and socio-cultural processes of industrialization, urbanization and
globalization, all of which involve mobility. This conference also offers a
platform for new theoretical apparatuses and conceptual tools that are
necessitated by the emergence of new material sources. We hope that this
conference will bring together scholars studying, not only European contexts,
but also a wide variety of languages around the world.




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