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Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY): Acts of Identity

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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; The Beckman Institute; Center for Advanced Study; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH); The Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE) Program; Department of African American Studies; Department of Anthropology; Department of the Classics; Department of Communication; Department of Curriculum & Instruction; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Department of English; Department of French and Italian; Department of Linguistics; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Linguistics Student Organization; Program Coordinating Council; SORF; The Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Room 407 Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana
Apr 25, 2019   9:00 am - 6:30 pm  
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School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Calendar

This symposium is held in conjunction with the 11th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Language and Linguistics Society (ILLS11).


The focus for this symposium will be “Acts of Identity.” Identity construction, as performative acts in the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and institutional membership, presents opportunities for us to theorize on language as the quintessential human-social activity. This session invites abstracts that focus on various semiotic practices —including but not limited to codeswitching, stance-taking, lexical choice, script choice, and phonetic variation—of identity-construction/meaning-making in different modalities (spoken, written, visual).


Plenary Speakers: Erica Britt (University of Michigan-Flint); Krystal Smalls (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Sharese King (University of Chicago)


Schedule of Events

0800-0845: Registration, Illini Union Rm 404


0845-0855: Opening Remarks, Rm 407 – given by Professor James Yoon


0900-1000: Morning Plenary: Dr. Erica Britt, University of Michigan-Flint, “Oral History and the Discursive Construction of Identity in Urban Spaces,” Session Chair: Sarah Clark


1000-1015: Coffee Break


1015-1230: Individual Presentation Session 1: Session Chair: Anita Greenfield.


1015-1045: Anamitraa Chakraborty, Indiana University Bloomington, “Monophthongization vs Diphthongization among the immigrant speakers of Bangla from Bangladesh (then East Pakistan) settled in Bijoygarh area in Kolkata, India.”


1050-1120: Iman Shaydaei Baghdadeh and Thomas Purnell, UW-Madison, “The noticeability of ethnic dialect communities: Middle Eastern and North African (Mena) residents in the U.S.”


1125-1155: Christopher Dale, University of Kentucky, “Micro/Macro Ideological Negotiations of Discursively Constructed Sexual Identity: Linguistic Variables in the (Re)Production of Sexual Identity Norms.”


1200-1230: Gorrety Wawire, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Complexity in Constructing Authenticity among Kenyan Transnationals in the US Diaspora.”


12:30-1330: Lunch


1330-1430: Afternoon Plenary: Dr. Sharese King, University of Chicago, “Constructing African American Models of Personhood,” Session Chair: Wafa Abdulla.


1430-1445: Coffee Break


1445-1700: Individual Presentation Session 2: Session Chair: Taraneh Sanei.


1445-1515: Seyyed Hatam Tamimi Sad, Purdue University, “A sociolinguistic/-historical account of Khuzistani Arabic in southwestern Iran: Where politics, power and prestige meet.”


1520-1550: Erin Marks, Northeastern Illinois University, "‘We are born on this planet as people too:’ Interactional Identity and Nonverbal Autism in the writing of Naoki Higashida.”


1555-1625: Anna Brown, Southern Illinois University, “I Sing, You Dance: Code-switching to Create a Modern Yup’ik Identity.”


1630-1700: Demet Yigibilek, Illinois State University, “The Use of Discursive Features as Representation of Identity in L2 writing: A Case Study of Multilingual Graduate Students.”


1700-1715: Coffee Break


1715-1815: Evening Plenary: Dr. Krystal Smalls, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Tweet Nation: Studying Language, Race, and Identity in the Era of Trump.” Session Chair: Patrick Drackley.


1815-1830: Closing remarks – given by Professor Rakesh Bhatt.


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