06
Apr 17

Conference: “Examining the Social in Historical Sociolinguistics”

The Historical Sociolinguistics Network

invites you to attend

“Examining the Social in Historical Sociolinguistics,” a conference

This conference of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network is organized by Professor José del Valle, The Graduate Center, and Professor Nick Wolf, New York University.

More information about the conference can be found on the website of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network.

The Conference will take place at the Graduate Center on Thursday and at New York University on Friday.

This event is free and open to the public.


26
Feb 17

Call for Papers: LL Journal’s Vol. 12, No. 1

Updated! The editors of the LL Journal have extended the deadline for submissions to March 25, 2017!

The LL Journal is a publication of the students of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages PhD program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Find out more about the LL Journal and browse their most recent issue (Vol. 11, No. 2) and archives on their Commons site.

 

Recibimos trabajos originales en español, inglés o portugués, sobre literatura, estudios culturales, visuales y de género, lingüística teórica y sociolingüística que se relacionen con los mundos hispanos y luso-brasileños.

Envíos a lljournal[dot]cuny[at]gmail[dot]com.

And be sure to check out the LL Journal on Facebook and Twitter!


16
Feb 17

Roundtable Discussion “Gender, Race, Language”

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

invites you to attend

“Gender, Race, Language: The Politics of Identity in the 2016 Election and Beyond”

A roundtable discussion with

Professor Virginia Valian, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Professor Nelson Flores, University of Pennsylvania
Professor Wesley Leonard, University of California, Riverside
and moderated by Professor José del Valle, The Graduate Center, CUNY


26
Feb 16

GC: Sociolinguistics Lunch with Matthew Garley

The Graduate Center’s Linguistics Ph.D. / M.A. Program

invites you to the

Sociolinguistics Lunch Lecture Series

“Choutouts: Language contact and Latin@ identity in Latin hip hop online”
Matthew Garley (York College, CUNY)   

Hispanic or Latin@ Americans feature prominently in many long-standing and continuing sociopolitical debates about immigration, assimilation, and culture, and the Latin hip hop community presents a particularly complex and controversial image. At the same time, this subculture provides a unique window into language contact and repertoires of language mixing and code-switching. This study investigates the use and mixture of Spanish and English varieties in Latin hip hop lyrics alongside language production in community interaction in new media, focusing on YouTube video comments. I examine the use of English and Spanish varieties in Latin hip hop in terms of both lyrics and community reaction/discussion of artists’ linguistic choices. Building on Cutler’s (2012) research on Chicano hip hop videos and comments, this qualitative analysis reveals further complexities of regional ties and demographic differences in the US-Latin@ community, identity performance, and authenticity through language use in Latin hip hop.

Date:    Friday, February 26th

Time:    2pm-4pm

Room:   9207

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the lecture.


20
Nov 15

GC: Sociolinguists Lunch with James Walker

The CUNY Sociolinguistics Lunch is a series of talks on sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics given by students, faculty, and visiting scholars usually from local institutions.

The talks are held 2-4 p.m. at the Graduate Center on three Fridays per semester. The format includes ample time for discussion, and so it is an excellent venue for presenting on-going research or research in preparation for publication. All are welcome.

Students and faculty of the Linguistics Program are welcome to present their work at the Sociolinguistics Lunch. For more information or to suggest a speaker contact Cecelia CutlerMichael Newman or Miki Makihara.

Sociolinguists Lunch with James Walker

James Walker is Professor of Linguistics at York University

“The Sociolinguistic Consequences of Ethnolinguistic Diversity”

North American cities have always been characterized by immigration, but recent global population movement has increased the diversity of cities that were formerly more ethnolinguistically homogeneous. In some cities, the shift to the majority language is mitigated by ‘ethnic enclaves’, which promote minority-language maintenance and may lead to the development of ethnically marked ways of speaking (‘ethnolects’). This talk reports on an ongoing research project examining the sociolinguistic consequences of increasing ethnolinguistic diversity for the English spoken in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Comparing speakers of different ethnic backgrounds across generations and by their responses to an ethnic orientation questionnaire, we analyze the quantitative patterning of a number of phonetic and grammatical features. Our results suggest that ethnolects do not reflect the effects of language transfer, which do not persist beyond the first generation, but that second-/third-generation speakers may use features at different rates to express their ethnic identity. Since the linguistic conditioning of features is largely parallel across all younger speakers, regardless of ethnic background and degree of ethnic orientation, we suggest that they all share the same linguistic system.

The talk will be followed by a reception in the Linguistics Department. All are welcome.


06
Nov 15

GC: Sociolinguists Lunch with Lotfi Sayahi

The CUNY Sociolinguistics Lunch is a series of talks on sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics given by students, faculty, and visiting scholars usually from local institutions.

The talks are held 2-4 p.m. at the Graduate Center on three Fridays per semester. The format includes ample time for discussion, and so it is an excellent venue for presenting on-going research or research in preparation for publication. All are welcome.

Students and faculty of the Linguistics Program are welcome to present their work at the Sociolinguistics Lunch. For more information or to suggest a speaker contact Cecelia CutlerMichael Newman or Miki Makihara.

Sociolinguists Lunch with Lotfi Sayahi

Lotfi Sayahi is Associate Professor of Linguistics andHispanic and Italian Studies at University at Albany, SUNY

“A Centuries-Long Contact: The Case of Arabic and Spanish in Iberia and North Africa”

This presentation surveys the historical and sociolinguistic contexts that have provided the background for the long contact between Spanish and Arabic in the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa. The study begins with a description of the early contact between Arabic and Romance. It looks into the development of Hispanic Arabic, the genesis of Mozarabic and Aljamía as transitional contact varieties, and the implications for an Arabic element in the evolution of Spanish. Analysis will include the presence of Arabic loanwords in Spanish and the behavior of the agglutinated article al-. Then, the presentation turns to the analysis of more recent situations of Spanish/Arabic bilingualism, with a special focus on Ceuta, Melilla, and northern Morocco, by examining the features that distinguish these contact varieties from non-contact varieties of Spanish. The influence of Spanish on vernacular Arabic in North Africa is also examined, with attention paid to more recent Spanish loanwords in Moroccan Arabic.

The talk will be followed by a reception in the Linguistics Department. All are welcome.


30
Oct 15

GC: Sociolinguists Lunch with Marnie Holborow

The CUNY Sociolinguistics Lunch is a series of talks on sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics given by students, faculty, and visiting scholars usually from local institutions.

The talks are held 2-4 p.m. at the Graduate Center on three Fridays per semester. The format includes ample time for discussion, and so it is an excellent venue for presenting on-going research or research in preparation for publication. All are welcome.

Students and faculty of the Linguistics Program are welcome to present their work at the Sociolinguistics Lunch. For more information or to suggest a speaker contact Cecelia CutlerMichael Newman or Miki Makihara.

Sociolinguists Lunch with Marnie Holborow

Marnie Holborow, associate faculty at Dublin City University, presents a talk and develops some themes to be found in her recent book Language and Neoliberalism (Routledge 2015).

“Neoliberalism, the commodification of language and the labour dimension.”

To what extent does the commodification of language accurately describe language in our social world? Language as commodity, identified for some time now in sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology, postulates that language forms and styles have a greater role in the global economy, generate added value in certain niche markets and, in the new communicative work configurations of late capitalism, acquire a distinct material dimension. Language commodification can also be understood as part of the neoliberal project. It is a means of quantifying elements in the production process which contribute to greater profits and it articulates an ideological narrative in which communication skills are measured as ‘human capital’ elements which supposedly boost an individual’s earning potential. This talk examines the similarity and tensions between these two versions of language as commodity. It proposes a discussion of these issues within a broader political economy framework, which includes language in the Marxist concepts of labour power and the labour theory of value, and how this might form the basis of a critique of language commodification.

The talk will be followed by a reception in the Linguistics Department. All are welcome.

 


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