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Full Title: Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Start Date: 22-May-2013 - 24-May-2013
Contact: Ulla Savolainen, Conference secretary, Frog, Chair of the organizing committee
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/register/
Meeting Description: Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence
An international colloquium on meaning and human expression
22-24 May 2013, Helsinki, Finland

‘Register’ originated as a term in linguistics for contextual variation in language, or language as it is used in a particular communicative situation. This term and concept has become important for addressing communication through practice in several intersecting disciplines, such as folkloristics, linguistics and linguistic anthropology, being used with varying fields of inclusion and exclusion, ranging from the purely verbal level of communication to all features which have the capacity to signify (props, gestures, etc.). The Helsinki Register colloquia have been organized to bring together representatives of diverse perspectives in order to open cross-disciplinary discussion of the term and concept ‘register’.

Keynote Speakers:

Douglas Biber, Regents’ Professor of Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University, USA
Charles Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Ruqaiya Hasan, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia
Timo Kaartinen, Adjunct Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lars Boje Mortensen, Professor of Cultural History of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark


Folklore Studies of the University of Helsinki
The research project Oral and Literary Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region of the Finnish Literature Society
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 23.4408

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