Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

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Center for the Study of Language and Society

Patterns of Intra-Speaker Variation in Sociolinguistics: Mechanisms and Motivations for Style-shifting

Tuesday, 2018/05/22, 18:15


Das Forum Language and Society ist eine Reihe von Gastvorträgen zu Themen der Soziolinguistik. Doktorierende der GSH können sich die Teilnahme als Zuhörende mit 0,25 ECTS pro Vortrag anrechnen lassen.

Event organizer: Forum Language and Society
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy, University of Murcia
Date: 2018/05/22
Time: 18:15 - 19:45
Locality: F-122
Unitobler
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Characteristics: open to the public
free of charge

Recent studies have stressed the inevitable consubstantial nature of style with sociolinguistic studies, currently becoming a major focus of scholarly work within the field. Given its ubiquity in language production, style constitutes an essential component of the indexical nature of speakers’ sociolinguistic behaviour in interpersonal communication, enjoying a central position in the connotative correlation of social, linguistic and stylistic variation. After all, linguistic variation and change interact in complex ways with patterns of stylistic variation, since the diaphasic range of a given language is one of the most sensitive sociolinguistic symptoms of social change and differentiation. While everybody would agree that intra-speaker variation is a phenomenon conditioned by extralinguistic factors, the resources and mechanisms for reflecting its presence in language production and effective social meaning have been associated with different linguistic constructs and theories trying to account for its nature and functioning. The aim of this presentation is to explore and illustrate the main different theoretical models developed to account for the nature, motivations and mechanisms for the use and effect of style-shifting in social interaction: Audio-monitorisation, Audience Design, Script Design and Speaker Design.