The Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY 2021)


February 26, 2021 – March 2, 2021 all-day
Sarah Clark
Virtual (Zoom)

Date: 26-Feb-2021 – 27-Feb-2021
Location: Virtual (Zoom), USA
Contact Person: Sarah Clark

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 14-Nov-2020

The Sociolinguistics Symposium Committee at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the third annual Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY), which will be held virtually on February 26-27, 2021 in conjunction with the 13th Annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference.

SOSY is a graduate student-run symposium aimed primarily at providing graduate and advanced undergraduate students a forum to present and discuss their research on topics related to sociolinguistics. Following the success of last year’s symposium on “Rethinking Speech Communities”, this year’s theme is “Marginalized Language: Race, Identity and Society”. This session invites abstracts that focus on various semiotic practices —including but not limited to codeswitching, stance-taking, lexical choice, script choice, and phonetic variation—of meaning-making in different modalities. We especially encourage research that explores the identity processes uncovered, recovered, encouraged or discouraged at the locic of linguistic marginalization through a variety of analytical/theoretical sociolinguistic approaches.

Call for Papers:

Submissions are limited to two abstracts per author: one single author abstract and one multi-author abstract OR two multi-author abstracts. The student must be the first author and presenter. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words, with one extra page allowed for images, data, and/or references. Full references are not necessary; but if used – please use the (Author, Year) format. Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format with NO IDENTIFYING INFORMATION of the presenter in the document.

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 14, 2020,11:59pm CST. Authors will be notified of abstract decisions by mid December, 2020.

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