[lg policy] call: Indexing Authenticity: Perspectives from Linguistics and Anthropology

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 11 16:20:28 UTC 2011

Indexing Authenticity

Date: 25-Nov-2011 - 27-Nov-2011
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact: Véronique Lacoste
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.indexing-authenticity.uni-freiburg.de/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

‘Indexing Authenticity: Perspectives from Linguistics and Anthropology’
Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Freiburg, Germany 25–27 November 2011

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 behaviours.

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

Any person interested in attending the conference is invited to
register by sending an email to Véronique Lacoste -


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