Call for Abstracts
9.-10. March 2017
University of Bern
Room HG 331
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).
Researchers of socio-cultural aspects of Pacific communities, Pacific languages, and English varieties in the Pacific are invited to submit abstracts. We aim to inform each other about linguistic and anthropological methods and findings and be able to create synergies between the two disciplines.
Authors are requested to submit an abstract of max. 500 words (excluding references) in pdf form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern English Linguistics, University of Bern: