[lg policy] call: On the Development of Extraterritorial Varieties

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 3 16:19:42 UTC 2012

On the Development of Extraterritorial Varieties

Date: 08-Sep-2012 - 10-Sep-2012
Location: Poznań, Poland
Contact: Matylda Wlodarczyk
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics

Meeting Description:

On the development of extraterritorial varieties: Migrants, women, and
other providers of 'bad data'

Within the disciplines of socio-historical linguistics, historical
pragmatics and discourse analysis the issue of evidence has been
subject to ongoing debate over the last two decades. The resulting
consensus involves accepting many sources, previously regarded as
'bad data', as valid objects of linguistic inquiry. For instance, historical
correspondence, once a debatable source of data (cf. the reservations
in Wright 1989), has been widely analysed using the tools drawn from
contemporary conversation analysis or other frameworks developed in
natural data contexts (e.g., Culpeper and Kádár 2010). More interest in
the so-far unexplored evidence arose from the need for approaches
offering language histories 'from below' (Elspass et al. 2007; cf. also
Nurmi - Nevala - Collin 2009; Langer - Davies - Vandebussche 2012)
as an alternative to the histories of standard languages. These
postulates involve a shift from the focus on the language of high
social strata to the less prominent varieties, such as those used by the
lower social classes and underprivileged groups (e.g., immigrants,
women, etc.). At the same time, more emphasis needs to be placed on
the value of first-hand attestations of the past stages of languages (cf.
Pahta and Jucker 2011). All of the above trends are relevant to the
historical study of transported varieties, especially in the periods of
restricted literacy. This panel offers an overview of the more recent
approaches to the study of linguistic histories, particularly in
extraterritorial contexts. This event's central goal is to present the
analytic tools and theoretical resources needed to revise and expand
the current frameworks and models of development of transported
varieties (e.g., Trudgill 2004; Schneider 2007) with regard to the nature
of the primary sources. This session brings together a wide-ranging
group of linguists who have interest and expertise in the
sociolinguistic, pragmatic and discourse-based descriptions of the
development of transported varieties across time and space. We
anticipate that the audience members will be attracted from across the
various disciplines of socio-historical linguistics and more broadly
across the field of linguistics.


Culpeper, Jonathan and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.). Historical (Im)politeness
Research. Bern: Peter Lang.
Elspass, Stephan, Nils Langer, Joachim Scharloth and Wim
Vandenbussche (eds.). 2007. Germanic Language Histories 'from below'
(1700-2000). Berlin: de Gruyter.
Langer, Nils, Steffan Davies and Wim Vandenbussche (eds.). 2012.
Language and
History, Linguistics and Historiography. Interdisciplinary Approaches.
Bern: Peter Lang.
Nurmi, Arja, Minna Nevala and Minna Palander-Collin (eds.). 2009. The
Language of Daily Life in England (1400-1800). Amsterdam: John
Pahta, Päivi and Andreas H. Jucker (eds.). 2011. Communicating Early
English Manuscripts. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Schneider, Edgar. 2007. Postcolonial English: Varieties Around the
World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Trudgill, Peter. 2004. New-Dialect Formation. The Inevitability of
Colonial Englishes. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Wright (Fitzmaurice), Susan. 1989. Private language made public. The
language of letters as literature. Poetics 18: 549-78.


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