[PLing] Public lecture: Patricia Lamarre, 4 Dec 2018

Mi-Cha Flubacher mi-cha.flubacher at univie.ac.at
Mon Nov 26 12:40:19 CET 2018

Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to attend the public lecture by Prof. Dr. Patricia Lamarre <https://www.ceetum.umontreal.ca/fr/membres/reguliers/fiche/patricia.lamarre/> from the University of Montréal, entitled: "Ethnographic research on language practices and linguistic categorization in Montreal: Challenging established research methods and the discourse of threat“. 

Her lecture is part of the series presented by the Wiener Sprachgesellschaft  <https://www.univie.ac.at/indogermanistik/wsg/WSG_Lamarre_181204.pdf>and is taking place 
on Tuesday, 4 December, 18.30-20.00,
at Hörsaal 1 (1st floor), Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Wien.

Please find the abstract below.
Mi-Cha Flubacher

Language policy in Quebec/Canada, as in many other contexts, has long been anchored in assumptions as to what constitutes an ethnolinguistic group, which in turn are founded on an understanding of language and language speakers as clearly delimited, bounded entities, that can easily be identified and measured (Heller, 2007). These assumptions are treated as “facts” and were elaborated in earlier contexts (the 60s and 70s) and framed by national tensions and issues currently challenged by a rapidly shifting demographic.

In Canada (and Quebec), a fairly long tradition of collaboration between researchers and policy makers exists and demographers, political scientists, and social psychologists have played key roles in census taking and large studies of language issues. Ethnographers and linguistic anthropologists, however, have only fair- ly recently joined in these discussions. In this presentation, it will be addressed how research from a linguis- tic anthropology perspective brings more complex understandings of language and language speakers to the traditional framing of language politics and policy in Quebec. Profoundly disruptive in many ways and so- metimes met with considerable resistance, the contribution of critical linguistic anthropology to the debate on language has the potential to open doors to new ways of moving forward in studying language in Cana- da and to designing policy for the 21st century.

This presentation will draw on different studies undertaken in Montreal with young plurilingual adults of immigrant background and with young « francophones de souche ». The focus will be on how categories origi- nally created by researchers for the use of measurement have become labels for identity and the categorizati- on of others, and how discourse on language within political projects have become stakes in everyday inter- actions.

Dr. Mi-Cha Flubacher
Universitätsassistentin Postdoc für Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft
Universität Wien
Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
Sensengasse 3a
A-1090 Wien

Tel +43 (0)1 4277 417 14
Fax +43 (0)1 4277 9 417

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