LINGUIST List 26.2821

Tue Jun 09 2015

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Spain

Editor for this issue: Erin Arnold <>

Date: 06-Jun-2015
From: Michael Gauthier <>
Subject: Swearing and Prestige
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Full Title: Swearing and Prestige

Date: 17-Jun-2016 - 17-Jun-2016
Location: Murcia, Spain
Contact Person: Michael Gauthier
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2015

Meeting Description:

Proposal of organization of a colloquium on swearing for the 21st edition of the Sociolinguistics Symposium.

Sociolinguistics Symposia represent some of the most exciting and anticipated conferences for sociolinguists in Europe. They have existed for more than 40 years now, and stand out as important meeting points for scholars around the globe. Many of these scholars have come to associate the Sociolinguistics Symposium as a host for recurring thematic panels, such as the panels dedicated to swearing at the 18th Sociolinguistics Symposium in Southampton (2010), and the 19th Sociolinguistics Symposium in Berlin (2012). To many, it was a considerable disappointment that no panel on swearing was featured in the 20th Sociolinguistics Symposium (2014).

In order to continue to promote swearing research activity as well as the tradition of gathering swearing scholars at the Sociolinguistics Symposia, we propose a colloquium dedicated to research on swearing for SS21, the theme of which, Language and Prestige, is particularly well-suited to research on swearing. Indeed, the use of swear words is often perceived as something decidedly not prestigious, a linguistic behavior generally viewed negatively and explicitly avoided by many who do not wish to be judged as lazy and uneducated speakers (Hirsch, 1985). To swear is to deviate from a prestigious ''norm''. On the other hand, swearing often awards speakers covert prestige when it’s recognized as a way to signal or acknowledge in-group membership. In certain communities, swearing is even understood as a way to express authority (Wilson, 2011 ; Stapleton, 2010); it is then considered a positive and beneficial aspect of language. Swearing can thus actively establish or index one's position in a social hierarchy. This is just one of many sociolinguistic indexes or pragmatic functions associated with swearing, and as such, swearing can be analyzed with different tools and from different perspectives.

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2nd Call for Papers:

This is the last call for papers for the proposal of organization of a colloquium on swearing for the 21st edition of the Sociolinguistics Symposium.

We welcome papers related to swearing and prestige, and to any sociolinguistic features encompassing these topics. Please send your abstracts (up to 500 words excluding references, PDF only) to the organizers (see email addresses below) before June 30. The reviewing process will be anonymous so please send us two versions of your abstracts:

- One with your name and affiliation
- One without any personal information

The format would be 15 minutes for presentations followed by 5 minutes of discussion.

Please note that the purpose of this call for papers is to select abstracts for the submission of a colloquium proposal for SS21. As soon as a selection of abstracts is made by our scientific committee, we will submit the colloquium proposal to the SS21 Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee, who will then decide whether it is accepted or not. See the SS21 website for more details concerning the organization of colloquia (

If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact the organizing committee.

Important Dates:

Mid May: First call for papers
Early June: Second call for papers
June 30: Deadline for sending abstracts
Late July: Notification of acceptance
Early August: Submission of the colloquium proposal
January 2016: Notification of colloquia acceptance
June 15-18, 2016: SS21 takes place

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