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Fri Apr 16 2010

Confs: Sociolinguistics/Norway

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        1.    Helge Omdal, Bad Language - Minicourse for PhD students

Message 1: Bad Language - Minicourse for PhD students
Date: 16-Apr-2010
From: Helge Omdal <helge.omdaluia.no>
Subject: Bad Language - Minicourse for PhD students
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Bad Language - Minicourse for PhD students

Date: 25-May-2010 - 28-May-2010
Location: Kristiansand, Norway
Contact: Helge Omdal
Contact Email: helge.omdaluia.no
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

PhD course:

'Bad Language':
Sociopsychological-linguistic perspectives on linguistic attitudes, correctness,
adequacy and aesthetics (3 ECTS)

Universitetet i Agder / University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, May 25-28, 2010

The course 'Bad Language': Sociopsychological-linguistic perspectives on
linguistic attitudes, correctness, adequacy and aesthetics' is especially aimed
at PhD students in sociolinguistics and related linguistic disciplines, but is
open to all PhD students.


Ulrich Ammon, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics of German with a focus on
Sociolinguistics, Universit├Ąt Duisburg-Essen, Germany,

Lars-Gunnar Andersson, professor of Modern Swedish, University of Gothenburg,
Sweden, and

Peter Trudgill, professor II, Universitetet i Agder, Emeritus Professor of
English Linguistics, Fribourg University, Switzerland.

Short Outline of Course Contents:

In his part of the course, Ulrich Ammon will start with questions of a typology
of languages and language varieties according to their status and function
within a community or society and show how such a typology relates to linguistic
attitudes and judgments of correctness, adequacy and aesthetics. He will then
exemplify these general considerations for the rank order of language types
extending from "the world language" to the most peripheral minority languages,
for asymmetric pluricentric languages (with a hierarchy of different standard
varieties), and for standard varieties versus non-standard regional and social
dialects. He will also always present suggestions towards more fairness and
linguistic justice with respect to these discrepancies.

Lars-Gunnar Andersson will focus on where attitudes are found and how they
function, what people praise or, more commonly, condemn in language use, how the
official language policy has changed in the last 50 years, and discuss ways of
studying swearing and, in particular, attitudes to swearing.

Peter Trudgill will be examining the theme of the relative degrees of adequacy,
logic, correctness and complexity demonstrated by different languages and
dialects. He will be considering research on these topics from the perspectives
of sociolinguistics, linguistic typology, and the social psychology of language.
The discussion will range not only over the attitudes held towards these issues
by lay people but also over those held by academic linguists.


Lectures/seminars from Tuesday, 25 May to Friday, 28 May, 2010.

Deadline for Registration:

May 05, 2010.

Further Information:

For further information concerning the course, including the course reading list
and time-table, see the web site of the Fakultet for humaniora og pedagogikk,
Universitetet i Agder:



Inquiries concerning the course should be directed to:

Professor Helge Omdal, Institutt for nordisk og mediefag, Fakultet for humaniora
og pedagogikk, Universitetet i Agder
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