[lg policy] Conference "Indexing Authenticity", 25-27 November 2011

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
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 1. Conference "Indexing Authenticity", 25-27 November 2011


Date:    Wed, 7 Sep 2011 21:00:58 +0200
From:    Véronique Lacoste
        <veronique.lacoste at ANGLISTIK.UNI-FREIBURG.DE>
Subject: Conference "Indexing Authenticity", 25-27 November 2011

Dear VAR-L users,

A conference on "Indexing Authenticity: Perspectives from Linguistics and
Anthropology" will be held at the Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies,
Freiburg, Germany, on November 25-27. It will be centered around the
following issues:

What does it mean to be ‘authentic’? Can authenticity ever be achieved? Is
it a fundamental property of some entities or is it rather an element of
attribution? How can sociolinguists and linguistic anthropologists best
define what it means to be authentic in language production? What properties
can we assign to linguistic authenticity and from whose perspective is it
evaluated? Whether it is planned or not, linguistic authenticity is assumed
to be a common enterprise, in which the social functioning of authenticity
is a driving force of individuals’ behaviour and is evaluated according to
cultural contexts and mediated by and expressed in language. On the other
hand, inauthenticity can be said to be the failure of indexing its
‘authentic’ counterpart or a speaker’s deliberate act while displaying
socio-linguistic individualities and rejecting conventionalised speech

One of the aims of the conference is to elucidate the relationship between
linguistic performances and social meanings by applying a relational concept
of authenticity to different levels of indexicality. By examining a
situationally embedded notion of authenticity, we wish to further
sociolinguistic research in the direction of a theoretically informed
linguistic anthropology. We hope to bring together scholars from
sociolinguistics and from anthropology to discuss the concept of
authenticity and to exchange views on the contributions each field can make
to the other.

The conference emerged out of a research project which the organisers
submitted to the FRIAS School of Language and Literature and with which they
have subsequently won the Junior Research Group Competition 2011.

Conference website: http://www.indexing-authenticity.uni-freiburg.de/

Any person form sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics interested
in attending the conference is invited to register by sending an email to
Véronique Lacoste - veronique.lacoste at anglistik.uni-freiburg.de.

Thank you!

With kind regards,

Véronique Lacoste
(On behalf of the Organising Committee)

Dr. Véronique Lacoste
English Department
University of Freiburg
Rempartstr. 15
79085 Freiburg i. Br.
Tel: +49 761 203 3329



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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