[lg policy] Fwd: [Linganth] AAA 16 Language standardization panel abstract.docx

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 14:54:05 UTC 2016

 Forwarded From: Judy Pine <Judy.Pine at wwu.edu>
Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 4:44 PM

AAA 16 Language standardization panel abstract.docx

CFP AAA 2016

Organizers:  Jocelyn Ahlers, CSU San Marcos; Judy Pine, Western Washington

Discussant: Jillian Cavanaugh, Brooklyn College

Working title:  Unexpected Tensions: Unintended Consequences of
Standardization as Evidence of Underlying Ideological Stress

Language standardization, as a tool intended to unify, instead makes
visible fault lines within the community of practice to whom
standardization is applied. Tracing these fault lines, we can discover
significant political tension not anticipated or addressed by
standardization projects. This process takes place at multiple levels, such
that the pathologizing of "vocal fry" in the speech of young women (Blum
2016; Reynolds 2015) is related to the shaping of Muslim practice by
Indonesian language policy at the national level (Fogg 2016), and links
debates over which or how many dialects of Scots Gaelic should be included
in formal education (Costa 2015) with the impact of orthographic choices as
part of the standardization process (Hillewaert 2015; Jaffe et al 2012;
Romaine 2002)

The struggles which emerge from the process of standardization are often
reflective and constitutive of broader power struggles and compromises.
The persistent affective association of language with identity (Fishman
2001), strengthened and reinforced by the development of the modern nation
state, in conjunction with a monoglot "standard" (Silverstein 1996) results
in concern over standard language for state and for state-less languages
alike.  In this panel, we explore the discourses which form at these sites
of struggle, consider the basis of claims being asserted, the semiotic
ideologies within which these struggles take place, and the forms of
fractal recursivity and erasure which emerge from deliberate efforts to
create homogenous iconic forms.

We invite proposals which respond to the following (or related) questions.
Whose voice is written into standardized language, and whose voices are
written over?  In what areas of discourse do these debates play out?  What
counts as evidence of standard versus non-standard language use, and what
are the consequences of deploying particular varieties of language in
particular contexts?

Please submit your 250 word abstract to Jocelyn Ahlers <jahlers at csusm.edu>
and Judy Pine <judy.pine at wwu.edu>  NLT April 8th.

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 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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