Colloque Language Diversity 2021

09:00 - 18:00

Languaging Diversity 2021

"The Linguistic Construction of Emotional Challenges in a Changing Society”

Online symposium
13-15 October 2021
University of Lille, France

STL (Savoirs, Textes, Langage), Research Lab, UMR 8163 du CNRS

Languaging Diversity is the itinerating conference of the I-Land Interuniversity Research Centre, an international independent and interdisciplinary center for advanced studies in Linguistics, Social Sciences and the Humanities with a focus on the key notions of identity and diversity, from a linguistic, cultural, and gender studies perspective, in and across cultures.
The seventh edition of the Languaging Diversity conference (LD2021) will be organized by the University of Lille, France. Due to the COVID-19 ongoing pandemic, the event will be held exclusively online via the virtual conference management platform Underline.

Conference theme
"The Linguistic Construction of Emotional Challenges in a Changing Society”


The 7th edition of the Languaging Diversity conference focuses on the emotional challenges that result from the most recent social transformations, and on the way such experiences are expressed in discourse. The extreme social innovations of the last two decades, which have also been brought about by digital communication, are fundamentally altering the way we live and relate to one another in the sphere of work, civic participation, education and learning, affect and sexuality, healthcare and well-being. In their scale and complexity, these social transformations inevitably generate emotional experiences that require to be expressed in language.

The LD2021 conference convenors invite papers and posters that investigate the intersection of emotion, communication and social change, also within the framework of digital communication. The contributions presented at the LD2021 conference will explore the expression of emotion(s) at the different levels of linguistic description (phonological, morphological, syntactic, lexical, semantic, pragmatic, discursive), and in texts and contexts related to traditional and digital genres in different domains, including (but not restricted to) health, medicine and science, media, politics, the law, academia, the world of corporate and institutional work, education and learning.

Given the high transdisciplinary nature of the LD2021 conference theme, innovative methodological approaches in relation to the macro thematic frameworks listed below are particularly welcome.


Subject areas

Discourse Analysis; Critical Discourse Analysis; Systemic Functional Linguistics; Multimodal Semiotics; Corpus Linguistics; Corpus-based discourse studies; Genre Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Cognitive Linguistics; Construction Grammar; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; SLA; Sociolinguistics; Sociolinguistics of Globalization; Intercultural Communication; World Englishes (EIL, ELF); Language crossing; switching, and mixing; Language variation and language change; Linguistic anthropology; Ethnographic approaches to language; Translation Studies; Media Studies; Specialized languages; Forensic Linguistics. 

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