23.385, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Subject: 23.385, Calls: Sociolinguistics/Germany

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Date: 23-Jan-2012
From: Martin Stegu [martin.stegu at wu.ac.at]
Subject: Folk Linguistics and Society

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Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:57:01
From: Martin Stegu [martin.stegu at wu.ac.at]
Subject: Folk Linguistics and Society

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Full Title: Folk Linguistics and Society 

Date: 22-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012
Location: Berlin, Germany 
Contact Person: Martin Stegu
Meeting Email: martin.stegu at wu.ac.at

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2012 

Meeting Description:

SS19 Thematic Session 'Folk Linguistics and Society: People's Ideas about the Relationship between Language Use and Social Identity'
Proposed by: Martin Stegu, Antje Wilton

In this thematic session, the focus lies on the investigation of beliefs and evaluations that non-linguists have with respect to different varieties of language(s) and speech styles - be they ethnic, regional, social, or professional.

The beliefs and attitudes of the non-linguist about language-related issues are becoming increasingly important and relevant for linguists and other researchers of various fields. The growing trend of bringing one's private opinion to public attention forces researchers to take more notice of such opinions and their relevance for people's decision making processes. Chats, internet fora, social networks and blogs are prime examples of settings in which lay people volunteer their opinions and theories. In addition, scientific investigation methods of people's beliefs, attitudes and notions about language-related issues have been developed, extended and refined, and include questionnaires and interviews, discourse and conversation analysis, matched guise test and others. With a detailed and thorough investigation of folk beliefs the linguist can gain insight into the formation processes, the manifestation in various forms of discourse and the relevance of such beliefs for people's decisions and actions. Using language(s) is part of human life with which people shape, constitute and sustain social life and social and individual identity. It is only natural that every person, being a speaker of a language or several languages within a social environment, has views, opinions, attitudes and theories about his own and other languages, language varieties and speech styles, including those that are second or foreign languages for their speakers or are used as a lingua franca. However, unlike the researcher, the non-linguist is free to evaluate those languages, varieties and speech styles and he/she often does so - preferably in binary categories such as 'good' vs 'bad', 'correct' vs. 'wrong', or 'beautiful' vs. 'ugly'. Such evaluations, in turn, have an impact on how people categorize, judge, and ultimately treat the speakers of such varieties. Furthermore, non-linguists' criteria for the categorization of language varieties and speech styles need not be and often are not the same criteria that are employed by linguists. 

Call for Papers:

This thematic session invites contributions that report on research discussing questions, among others, such as: 

How do non-linguists identify other speakers as belonging to a particular ethnic, regional, social or professional group? 
How do non-linguists perceive the relationship between characteristics of language and social identity? 
How do different social groups view each other's language(s) and speech styles and what criteria do they employ for their categorization?

We welcome abstract submissions to this thematic panel at the Sociolinguistic Symposium 19 at Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin from August 22 to 24, 2012. Please use SS19 submission tools at:


Abstract submission due date: January 31, 2012

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