Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

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Languages and Communication Languages and Communication


Course in Linguistics and Sociolinguistics
16 Sep 2019 - 20 Sep 2019
Course directors:
Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia
Aneta Stojić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Zvjezdana Vrzić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Unn Røyneland, University of Oslo, Norway
Cecelia Cutler, City University of New York, Graduate Center, United States
Course description:

The Language and Society course investigates language in its social setting. This includes the following broad themes, among others: the relationship between language and culture, language variation and change, convergence and divergence of dialects, societal and individual multilingualism, language planning and policies, linguistic diversity and language endangerment, language shift and loss, computer-mediated communication, discourse analysis, pragmalinguistics, intercultural communication, lexical semantics, corpus linguistics for sociolinguists, and others.

The idea behind the course is that within these broad themes, special sessions are dedicated every year to more specialized and focused topics that are capturing scholars’ attention at the current moment. 

The final aim is to discuss and improve on the possible hypotheses, models or theories related to the explanation of the interaction between language processes and social variables as well as provide a context for internationalization of existing research themes and establishing and meeting with European and overseas research networks.

The topic of the seminar in 2019 is: Language Activism and the Role of Scholars.

Although many scholars have a deep concern for social issues, they may also experience a tension between the requirement for scientific rigor and the commitment to social action. We wish to bring together scholars from different areas of linguistics, linguistic anthropology, philosophy of language/linguistics, and other related fields, who are willing to consider the need for scholars’ engagement with the public and the communities they work in, and the impact scholarly work and activist scholars can have on society. Some of the potential range of topics we foresee discussing are language as a means of oppression and suppression of democratic rights; language prescriptivism, language policing, language shaming, hate speech, naming and labeling practices, and essentializing discourses about people and language; the politics of language planning (e.g. for minority and endangered languages, in multilingual contexts). We invite scholars to discuss their own field experiences and personal concerns or offer more theoretically informed elaborations related to the topic. 

The program of the seminar is here.

The resulting volume, Language Activism: The Role of Scholars in Linguistic Reform and Social Change, is forthcoming (2022) with Cambridge University Press.

Course lecturers:
H. Samy Alim, UCLA, United States
Leonie Cornips, University of Maastricht, Netherlands
Cecelia Cutler, City University of New York, Graduate Center, United States
Haley de Korne, University of Oslo, Norway
Ana Deumert, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Susan Dieleman, Southern Illinois University, United States
Lenore Grenoble, University of Chicago, United States
Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia
Nkululeko Mbandla, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Anne Birgitta Nielsen, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Bjorn Ramberg, University of Oslo, Norway
Unn Røyneland, University of Oslo, Norway
Elana Shohamy, University of Tel Aviv, Israel
Anđel Starčević, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Zvjezdana Vrzić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Quentin Emmanuel Williams, University of Western Cape, South Africa
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