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Full Title: Studies of Paradise: Where Language Meets Culture in the Pacific

Location: Bern, Switzerland
Start Date: 09-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Contact: Sara Lynch
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: There have been a number of research projects on Pacific languages, or on communities of the Pacific, carried out with an ethnographic and anthropological perspective. The English language, however, albeit an official language in many of these communities, has received little or no attention. In the few cases English has been or is being investigated, researchers often analyse the post-colonial English-speaking communities with a sociolinguistic approach. There is a lack of studies with transdisciplinary foci, where anthropological perspectives inform the study of Pacific languages (including English), and vice-versa, where linguistic perspectives help complete anthropological studies of Pacific communities.

This conference brings together (socio)linguists and anthropologists alike to discuss transdisciplinary stances and approaches (in the topics of language contact, language variation and change, postcolonial Englishes, mobility, power, policies and culture).

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Carolin Biewer, University of Würzburg (Germany)
Prof. David Britain, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Prof. Elizabeth Keating, University of Texas at Austin (USA)
Prof. Kazuko Matsumoto, University of Tokyo (Japan)

Organising Committee:

Modern English Linguistics, University of Bern:

Dominique Bürki
Tobias Leonhardt
Sara Lynch
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.4126

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