LINGUIST List 25.3090

Wed Jul 30 2014

Calls: Sociolinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics/Denmark

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 29-Jul-2014
From: Eeva Sippola <>
Subject: Language Ideologies and Music in Contact Situations
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Full Title: Language Ideologies and Music in Contact Situations

Date: 18-Sep-2014 - 18-Sep-2014
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Contact Person: Eeva Sippola
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 07-Aug-2014

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.

Call for Papers:

We aim to find out how language ideologies are construed and negotiated and how ideologies affect and are likewise affected by language use in music. We want to examine which language discourses are activated in popular music productions in contact settings, by asking the following questions: Which languages are used? How are linguistic resources drawn on and appropriated creatively to index local, national or non-territorial types of identity? What does this tell us about language ideologies? How are language and discourse of different social actors present in the contact situation and current global culture reinforced, resisted or reappropriated?

Send your abstract (300 words) to Eeva Sippola ( by August 7. You will be informed of acceptance by August 12, 2014.

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