Invited plenary speakers (confirmed):
- Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
- Christine Béal, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
- Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London
- Michael Haugh, University of Queensland
- Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
- Zuraidah Mohd Don, University of Malaya
We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect linguistic usage and our conceptions and analysis of it. Our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world has led to an upsurge in mobility and to the possibility of greater variation and change in language use. The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to the public sphere.
Different contexts of use and new media may also bring new styles and manners of expression. As society changes, so must our conceptual and epistemological models and old questions and concepts require new approaches and angles.