HiSoN 2016 Conference

The next HiSoN Conference, focusing on sociolinguistics, will be held at the University of Helsinki, 10-11 March and will feature papers dealing with historical sociolinguistics of various languages and distinct historical periods.

One of the previous HiSoN conferences – held at the University of Bristol in 2005 – focused on the relationship of language and history, or linguistics and historiography. In Helsinki, we seek to enhance our understanding of the “social” in sociolinguistics and feature papers that systematically study language practices in a socio-cultural context, link changing language practices with socio-cultural change, or model the interplay of language and the social from a more theoretical perspective. The conference features papers from different fields of human studies as well as papers with multi-disciplinary approaches. Plenary speakers for the conference are Marijke J. van der Wal (Leiden University) and Jukka Tyrkkö (University of Tampere).

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Organizing Committee:

  • Brendan Humphreys
  • Minna Nevala (chair)
  • Taru Nordlund
  • Minna Palander-Collin
  • Anni Sairio