LINGUIST List 27.1604

Wed Apr 06 2016

Calls: Socioling/Italy

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <ashleylinguistlist.org>


Date: 06-Apr-2016
From: Patrick Heinrich <wadokuyahoo.com>
Subject: The Sociolinguistics of Urban Language Life
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Full Title: The Sociolinguistics of Urban Language Life
Short Title: GloSoc II

Date: 15-Nov-2017 - 17-Nov-2017
Location: Venice, Italy
Contact Person: Patrick Heinrich
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://globalisingsociolinguistics.com

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2017

Meeting Description:

In the Globalising Sociolinguistics symposia the problem of applicability, and beyond that of the expansion of sociolinguistic theory and methodology, is at the centre of attention. In this second edition, we will tackle this issue by focusing on the sociolinguistics of urban language life.

Mainstream sociolinguistic theories, which are supposed to cover a broad range of language settings in the world, often exhibit an Anglo-Western cultural bias. This bias is due to the relatively high degree of sociolinguistic activity in the Inner Circle and Europe. It is a widely acknowledged bias, but we also know that it is difficult to challenge. In the Globalising Sociolinguistics symposia the problem of applicability, and beyond that of the expansion of sociolinguistic theory and methodology, is at the centre of attention. In this second edition, we will tackle this issue by focusing on the sociolinguistics of urban language life.

The complexity of the city provides a fertile testing ground for how sociolinguistic theory fares in a present-day context. City people come into daily contact with strangers having different belief systems, behavioural norms, day-to-day rituals and linguistic practices, and they must somehow learn to get along for the city to function ecologically. Non-mobile monolinguals, who stay their entire life in their provincial home society, are becoming increasingly atypical cases. Instead, the urbanite multilingual, who functionally ''plays'' with language and uses it as a commodity, most of the time outside the original environment of that language, can now be considered the norm rather than the exception. Cities are not filled with an anonymous population but with concrete actors, struggling to achieve things they deem relevant while seeking a self-identification they perceive to be rewarding. Language plays an important role in these activities. The language of these individuals should be approached as a set of patterned activities by concrete speakers and listeners, with interactants applying distinct repertoires and having volatile mutual relations. All this influences how city people communicate with each other, and this, in turn, affects language structures and repertoires.

City people come into daily contact with strangers having different belief systems, behavioural norms, day-to-day rituals and linguistic practices, and they must somehow learn to get along for the city to function ecologically. Non-mobile monolinguals, who stay their entire life in their provincial home society, are becoming increasingly atypical cases. Instead, the urbanite multilingual, who functionally “plays” with language and uses it as a commodity, most of the time outside the original environment of that language, can now be considered the norm rather than the exception. Cities are not filled with an anonymous population but with concrete actors, struggling to achieve things they deem relevant while seeking a self-identification they perceive to be rewarding. All this influences how city people communicate with each other, and this affects language structures and repertoires.

Call for Papers:

We invite abstract of up to 250 words on urban language settings, which problematize how to study language life in the city, including up to five keywords. Please send your abstract to globalisingsociolinguisticsgmail.com until 30 June 2017. Selected papers will be published in a special’s issue of an international peer-reviewed journal.


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