Linguistic diversity as social action

The last two decades have shown a shift in research from linguistic and cognitive aspects of language contact to social aspects of linguistic diversity and bilingual language use as an interactional resource. Situated analyses of multilingual language use have documented how resources from different language forms and varieties can be drawn on to create meanings, the social relevance of which emerges from the local contingencies of interaction. These studies have challenged the view of languages as discrete codes and highlighted the need to examine the use of multilingual resources from the point of view of language continua. 


The Norface seminar series brings together researchers who share an interest in investigating the use of particular language resources in


    • conducting social action
    • building identities and relationships
    • negotiating membership in discourse communities

The purpose of the seminar series is to develop a research agenda where theories and methods of sociolinguistics, conversation analysis as well as bilingualism and second language acquisition research are brought together.