LINGUIST List 29.2898

Fri Jul 13 2018

Calls: Anthro Ling, Applied Ling, Pragmatics, Socioling/China

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <everettlinguistlist.org>


Date: 13-Jul-2018
From: Claire Maree <cmareeunimelb.edu.au>
Subject: Gender, Employment, Language, Regionality and Class
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Full Title: Gender, Employment, Language, Regionality and Class
Short Title: GELRC Transitions

Date: 09-Jun-2019 - 14-Jun-2019
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Lidia Tanaka
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:

Panel Conveners:

Lidia Tanaka (La Trobe University)
Claire Maree (University of Melbourne)
Ikuko Nakane (University of Melbourne)

The relationship between language and employment, regionality and class has been widely researched within the UK and North America (e.g. Chambers, 2009; Labov, 2006). Longitudinal studies suggest a strong correlation between further education, employment and the adoption of ‘prestigious’ variants. This indicates that individual speakers demonstrate an understanding of linguistic capital (see e.g. Chambers, 2009; Bourdieu, 1991) and the intersections of language and identity (Agha, 2009). Looking in the Asian region, fewer longitudinal studies explore the intersections of employment, regionality and class.. Although Japanese dialects have been thoroughly studied (e.g. Kobayashi & Shinozaki, 2003), little is known about the influence of employment, or social class, on language use over different life stages. Notable exceptions are Smith’s (1992) study on the dilemma faced by women executives when talking to male subordinates, Sunaoshi’s (2004) work on dialect and standard language use by female farmers, and SturtzStreethran’s (2006) investigation of Japanese male office-workers and personal pronouns. Other studies such as Smith-Hefner (2009) on Indonesian and Javanese language, examine issues of language choice. And work such as Yang (2007, 2010) investigates the influence of political change on language and gender in contemporary China.

This panel will focus on research that explores the relationship between employment, regionality and class in the language of working class women (and men) who have grown, live and work in regional districts. It seeks to explore language emerging from the margins of regionality, gender, sexuality and class in the Asia-Pacific region and/or global south. We encourage presenters engaged in longitudinal and age-grading studies to reflect critically on these themes and explore shifts and changes in language style, but also in interrelationships between dialect and standard language. In doing so, this panel aims to contribute to generate non-Eurocentric scholarship and engage with data from the margins.

References:

Agha, A. (2007). Language and Social Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bourdieu, P. (1991). Language and Symbolic Power. Harvard University Press.
Chambers, J. K. (2009). Sociolinguistic Theory. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
Kobayashi, T., and Shinozaki, Koichi (Eds.) (2003). Gaidobukku: Hōgen kenkyū (A guide book to dialect research). Tokyo: Hizuji Shobo.
Labov, W. (2006). The Social Stratification of English in New York City. Cambridge University Press.
Smith, J. S. (1992). Women in charge: Politeness and directives in the speech of Japanese women. Language in Society, 21(1), 59-82.
Smith‐Hefner, N. J. (2009). Language shift, gender, and ideologies of modernity in Central Java, Indonesia. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 19(1), 57-77.
SturtzSreetharan, C. (2004). Japanese men’s linguistic stereotypes and realities. In S. Okamoto & J. Shibamoto (Eds.), Japanese Language, Gender and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People, (pp. 275–289). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Sunaoshi, Y. (2004). Farm women’s professional discourse in Ibaraki. In S. Okamoto & J. (Eds.), Japanese Language, Gender and Ideology: Cultural Models and Real People (pp. 187-204). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Yang, J. (2007). ‘Re-employment Stars’: Language, Gender and Neoliberal Restructuring in China. Words, Worlds, and Material Girls: Language, Gender, Globalization, 77-106.

Call for Papers:

We would like to invite contributions that explore the relationship between employment, regionality and class in the language of working class women (and men) who have grown, live and work in regional districts. In particular papers that engage with language emerging from the margins of regionality, gender, sexuality and class in the Asia-Pacific region and/or global south. We encourage presenters engaged in longitudinal and age-grading studies to reflect critically on these themes and explore shifts and changes in language style, but also in interrelationships between dialect and standard language.

Abstracts of 250 - 500 words (including references) can be submitted via the IPrA conference website https://ipra2019.exordo.com/.

Additional information regarding the abstract submission process can be found at http://pragmatics.international/page/CfP


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