LINGUIST List 27.1643

Thu Apr 07 2016

Confs: Socioling/Norway

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 07-Apr-2016
From: Jorunn Thingnes <>
Subject: Dialect Acquisition and Migration
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Dialect Acquisition and Migration

Date: 13-Apr-2016 - 15-Apr-2016
Location: Oslo, Norway
Contact: Unn Røyneland
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

This workshop aims to bring together sociolinguists from various Northern, Central and Southern European countries to explore, and in turn develop a comprehensive view on, the way second and third generation migrants adapt to the dialects and regiolects in the receiving societies.

Within Europe, there are huge differences in the way the second and third generation migrants adapt to the dialectal and regiolectal ways of speaking found in the receiving societies. They range from (apparently) complete accommodation of the whole repertoire from standard to dialect in places such as Sicily and southern Italy in general, Switzerland, or Norway, to an outright rejection of dialects as spoken by the 'white' autochthonous population and which are perceived as part of middle class mainstream culture, such as in The Netherlands, northern Italy, or (at least parts of) Germany. Variation within a country has also been reported (Denmark).

While these differences may be due to how speakers with an immigrant background position themselves vis-à-vis the receiving societies, they may equally be a consequence of social restrictions imposed on these choices by community norms and by the legitimate, entitled users of dialects. Hence the question of whether second/third generation immigrants use dialects (or at least regional features) seems to reflect both on the status of the dialects in the respective society, and on the relationship between immigrant and non-immigrant population. It is therefore highly indicative of the social processes underlying transformations of late modern European societies due to migration. Differences between rural and urban geographies almost certainly play a role as well. In addition, there may be significant developmental differentiation between early and later generations of immigrants.

Although sociolinguists in various European countries have started to investigate the issue, a comprehensive view and interesting sociolinguistic generalizations are only possible once these single investigations are confronted with each other. The workshop therefore aims at bringing together sociolinguists from various north, middle and south European countries to develop such a perspective and to discuss different methodological approaches to such studies.


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Welcome to MultiLing
Elizabeth Lanza, Center director

Peter Auer & Unn Røyneland

Presentation 1
Jan-Ola Östman, University of Helsinki, Finland & Lena Ekberg, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Language and integration in rural areas: first- and second-generation dialect acquisition and identity construction

12:30–13:30 Lunch break*

Presentation 2
Pia Quist, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Hybrid use of dialect and ethnolect in an urban housing estate

Presentation 3
Unn Røyneland & Bård Uri Jensen, University of Oslo, Norway
Attitudes towards immigrants’ use of local dialects; questions of authenticity, belonging and entitlement

15:30–16:00 Break with light refreshments

Presentation 4
María Sancho Pascual, University of Alcalá / Compultense University of Madrid & Cristina Martinez Sanz, University of Antonio de Nebrija, Spain
Language attitudes and dialect acquisition: Ecuadorians and Dominicans in Madrid

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Presentation 5
Cécile Evers, University of Pennsylvania: Arabic-French Linguistic Syncretism in Marseille's Housing Projects
How Second-Generation Youth Transformed Marseille’s Historical Dialect into a Vernacular for Young People of Color

Presentation 6
Raphael Berthele, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Dialect as a bond, a barrier, or a threat. Case studies from Romance and Alemannic varieties spoken in Switzerland

11:00–11:30 Coffee/tea break

Presentation 7
Stephan Schmid, University of Zürich, Switzerland
Some features of Swiss German dialects spoken by second-generation immigrants

12:30–13:30 Lunch break*

Presentation 8
Peter Auer, University of Freiburg, Germany
Young Stuttgart people with migrant background don't use dialect

Presentation 9
Leonie Cornips, Meertens Instituut (KNAW) & Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Exploration on dialect acquisition by new speakers in the Netherlands

15:30–16:00 Break with light refreshments

Presentation 10
Philippe Hambye, University of Louvain, Belgium
How to be legitimately illegitimate? Analyzing the vernacular of French-speaking Belgians of immigrant descent

Friday, 15 April 2016

Presentation 11
Paul Kerswill, University of York, Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Birkbeck, University of London, UK and Maria Secova, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
Expressing identity in London and Paris: ethnicity, class and youth

Presentation 12
Cecelia Cutler, CUNY, USA
“People don’t see me as white”: how appearance plays in dialect acquisition among immigrants in the U.S.

11:00–11:30 Coffee/tea break

Presentation 13
David Britain, University of Bern, Switzerland
Challenges and opportunities for future research on the acquisition of dialects and the development of ''new'' lects by immigrant groups in Europe

12:30–13:30 Lunch break*

Concluding discussion/plans ahead/publication?

*) Lunch is provided for the invited guests.

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