Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik

An independent international centre for advanced studies

Languages and Communication Languages and Communication


Multilingual, multilectal, and multiscriptal writing
20 Jun 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
ECTS points
Course directors :
Cecelia Cutler , City University of New York, Graduate Center (CUNY), United States
Unn Røyneland , University of Oslo, Norway
Dunja Jutronić , University of Split, Croatia
Aneta Stojić , University of Rijeka, Croatia
Zvjezdana Vrzić , University of Rijeka, Croatia
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 meeting in June 2022 is: Multilingual, multilectal, and multiscriptal writing.

Despite the overwhelming focus in sociolinguistics on spoken language, scholars of language in its social setting have long been interested in writing and the ways in which people express identities, stances and meanings through stylistic, code, and scriptal choices. We will explore a range of topics from an historical or contemporary perspective: the nature, politics and power dynamics of scripts and writing in multilingual, multilectal, and multiscriptal contexts, power struggles surrounding standardization and orthography, counter-hegemonic challenges to written standards, and the social meanings attached to lects, scripts and orthographic choices.

Course organizers:

Cecelia Cutler, City University of New York, Graduate Center, United States

Dunja Jutronić, University of Split, Croatia

Unn Røyneland, University of Oslo, Norway

Zvjezdana Vrzić, New York University, USA; University of Rijeka, Croatia


Click here for the information on the 2019 Language in Society meeting.


Course lecturers:
Jannis Androutsopoulos , University of Hamburg, Germany
Robert Blackwood , University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Cecelia Cutler , City University of New York, Graduate Center (CUNY), United States
Anna De Fina , Georgetown University, United States
Haley de Korne , University of Oslo, Norway
Ana Deumert , University of Cape Town, South Africa
Kellie Goncalves , University of Bern, Switzerland
Dejan Ivković , University of Toronto, Canada
Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi , University of Oslo, Norway
Kristian Novak , University of Zagreb, Croatia
Alessandro Palumbo , University of Oslo, Norway
Bjorn Torgrim Ramberg , University of Oslo, Norway
Unn Røyneland , University of Oslo, Norway
Elana Shohamy , University of Tel Aviv, Israel
Tereza Spilioti , University of Cardiff, United Kingdom
Jurgen Spitzmuller , University of Vienna, Austria
Wim Vandenbussche , Vrije University Brussel, Belgium
Zvjezdana Vrzić , University of Rijeka, Croatia
Attached documents
PROGRAM Dubrovnik 2022 - Multilingual, multilectal, multiscriptal writing.pdf