Mouton is officially launching a new online-only journal, Linguistics Vanguard, at the Linguistic Society of America 2015 annual meeting in January. This is a broad-scope journal, covering all areas of linguistics. Suzanne Wagner is area co-editor of the sociolinguistics section with Erez Levon (Queen Mary, University of London). We're already looking for articles! We'll be publishing short (< 4000 wd) pieces that introduce new methods, float new ideas or provide overviews of topics. Articles will typically take fewer than 3 months from initial submission to online publication, making it possible to get innovative work out to readers very quickly. And of course, the online format will allow for the inclusion of audio, video and graphics. If you're interested, contact Suzanne: wagnersu AT msu.edu.
On October 15th, Terrence Wiley (Center for Applied Linguistics) will give a talk entitled Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the Midwest (With a Few Lessons Learned from the Southwest) in B-342 Wells Hall at 4pm. This is a public talk sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters, and all are welcome.
Wiley is visiting MSU at the invitation of the MSU sociolinguistics "Global Midwest" collaborative team, headed by Peter De Costa (Second Language Studies) and Camelia Suleiman (Arabic). The team, who received seed funding from the College this summer for a joint exploration of linguistic landscapes in the Chinese-, Arabic- and Nepali-speaking communities in south-east Michigan, are hoping to receive further funding from the Humanities Without Walls Initiative. Terrence Wiley is a consultant to the project. Other collaborators include MSU faculty Russell Lucas (Global Studies), Thomas Padilla (Digital Humanities, MSU Library) and Suzanne Wagner (Linguistics), as well as Suresh Canagarajah (Penn State University) and Mariana Pacheco (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
As Wiley explains in the abstract for his talk, a linguistic landscape approach to the study of heritage languages takes into account the visual world and local space in which those languages are embedded. This is the approach largely taken by the MSU group, so we're hoping to learn a lot more from Prof. Wiley.
Considerations for Linguistic Landscape Analysis in the Midwest
Terrence Wiley, President of the Center for Applied Linguistics
4:00 PM, October 15 2014, B-342 Wells Hall
In recent years, linguistic landscape (LL) analysis has been gaining in application and popularity. LL analysis is particularly valuable in providing visible evidence of heritage and community languages (HLs- CLs) in public spaces, clues regarding the contexts and functions of their use, insights into linguistic social networks, evidence of linguistic vitality, and opportunities to link language teaching in classrooms with real-world language use. This presentation will consider applications of LL analysis for the Midwest and share examples from a recent study involving ‘multilayered representation’ of community-based sites in the southwest that utilized several approaches to LL analysis involving: (1) historical and contemporary mapping and documentation of HL-CL communities; (2) linking mapping tools with census data to explore social networks; (3) analyzing street-level signage and commercial uses of HLs, as well as bottom up messaging in public spaces. The paper will conclude with suggestions for engaging students in LL analysis.
NWAV 43 (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) is coming soon to Chicago! Michigan State will be represented by past and present students and faculty: some presenting and some just coming along to hear the talks.
The current faculty and students presenting are:
Also look for presentations by these former students and faculty:
Who we are
We are faculty and students interested in language variation and change at Michigan State University in the departments of Linguistics & Languages, Romance & Classical Studies, Anthropology, Education and beyond.