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Full Title: Languaging Diversity International Conference

Location: Naples, Italy
Start Date: 10-Oct-2013 - 12-Oct-2013
Contact: Giuseppe Balirano
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Meeting Description: Languaging Diversity International Conference
10-12 October 2013, University of Naples L’Orientale (Italy)

Plenary speakers include:

Paul Baker (Lancaster University), Laura Gavioli (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia), Patrizia La Trecchia (University of South Florida), Peter Patrick (University of Essex)

Language can be considered a vehicle which often serves to convey identity values, and it can be seen as a space fostering the articulation and differentiation of identities. If and when the expression of individual and/or group diversity occurs within the social and discursive practices that represent identity as a process of negotiation, a performance (De Fina, Schiffrin, Bamberg 2006), language acquires a central role. The linguistic choices of speakers can be interpreted as a means to signal and highlight the way they construct their own and others’ identity (Le Page and Tabouret-Keller refer to ‘acts of identity’, 1985).

Based on these observations, the Conference intends to discuss various topics surrounding linguistic practices of diversity such as inclusion, exclusion, in-group and out-group, self and hetero-representations. It aims to examine the modes through which the diversity-related terminology (whether social, cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender, register, and so on) is linguistically articulated by and in discourse. Language allows for the deployment of multiple identities that offer a specific representation of the self through explicit linguistic means, lexical and stylistic choices, and grammatical structures. It is in language that diversity is articulated with discursive practices that conceptualize what they name (Halliday, 1994). Therefore, language would appear to be a crucial element in the development of any model of interaction which takes into account variation and the representations conveyed by the media.
Linguistic Subfield: Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation; Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 24.1887

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