Globalising Sociolinguistics (GloSoc2) “Communicating in the city”, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Abstr. due: 01.04.2018
Dates: 13.12.18 — 15.12.18
Organizing comittee e-mail: GloSoc2018@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Organizers: Leiden University
This second edition of the Globalising Sociolinguistics series focusses on the city as a sociolinguistic entity in its own right. Cities have something in common, even if they are in different parts of the world. In fact, city dwellers might feel more at home in another city – even one in another country –than in the surrounding more rural regions of their own city. More often than not, moving to the city is a life-changing event that reveals itself in ways of communicating of individuals and in the expansion and fluidity of repertoires. We will seek to explore communicative practices in the city in a way that transcends group-based or language-centered approaches. We seek to capture communication as situational, evolving, and dynamic.
The city as a sociolinguistic system in a more general way is also worthy of attention. Sociolinguistically, cities are where things often happen. They are growing in size, in importance, in independence from the nation state, and in complexity. Cities are the locus of innovation, adaptation, conflict, opportunity-seeking, and, as a consequence, of language use diversification and modernisation. Broader communication systems in urban contexts are, therefore, part of this conference.
The conference is inspired by the recent publication of the edited volume Urban Sociolinguistics. The City as a Linguistic Process and Experience (Routledge, 2018; Smakman & Heinrich, Eds): https://www.routledge.com/Urban-Sociolin.... This book explains language usage in very large cities across the globe and provides examples and analyses of such uses.