«What’s in a name?» Labelling concepts and languages
This is an in-house workshop for MultiLingers. Participants from ILN are also welcome.
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Romeo and Juliet (II, ii)
Terminology and labelling have engaged scholars in heated debates within linguistics. The concept of language itself – and the naming of languages and lects – has come under scrutiny. In this in-house event, we aim to discuss different positions and reflect on the debate that has been going on in sociolinguistics the past years with respect to the delineation of languages/lects (including mixing styles and registers), and naming them (both scientific names and folk names). This involves discussions concerning the nature of language contact – codeswitching and translanguaging. The big question here is whether entities that are by their very nature not easily delimitated (as many things in the world and most things in the social world) should nevertheless be named, and how.
1400 – 1700
1400 – 1410 Elizabeth Lanza. Welcome and introduction
1410 – 1430 Li Wei: The idea of Translanguaging: what's all the fuss about?
1430 – 1440 Q&A
1440 – 1500 Peter Auer: Why it makes sense to talk about languages (and even name them)
1500 – 1510 Q&A
1510 – 1520 Break
1520 – 1530 Postdoctoral Fellow Samantha Goodchild
1530 – 1540 Postdoctoral Fellow Seyed Hadi Mirvahedi
1540 – 1550 Postdoctoral Fellow Aleksandra Ita Olszewska
1550 – 1600 Postdoctoral Fellow Gavin Lamb
1600 – 1630 Breakout rooms, including short break
1630 – 1700 Discussion (bring in discussion from the breakout rooms)