• La Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 qui se déroulera du 21 au 23 juin 2016 à Lyon est ouverte au public.En plus des trois conférences plénières détaillées ci-dessous, l’accès aux présentations d’étudiants sont ouvertes à tous. Tous les détails dans le programme. Pour nous contacter :
  •  The Sociolinguistics Summer School 7 will take place between the 21st and 23rd June 2016 in Lyon and is open to the public. Access is open to all, for both the Plenary Sessions detailed below, as well as the student presentations. Further details are available in the program. You can contact the Organising Committee at 

    Tuesday 21 June (IUT Lyon 3, 88 rue Pasteur)

    Jim Walker

    (MCF, Université Lumière Lyon 2)

    “Language planning – the concrete example of the French DGLFLF” 

    (Plenary Session  9h-10h)

     “Intervening on language – how and why?”

    Workshop (10h-12h)


    Wednesday 22 June (Université de Lyon, 90 rue Pasteur)

    Prof Bernadette O’Rourke

     (Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh)


    “Shifting paradigms – towards a sociolinguistics of the (new)speaker”

    (Plenary session  9h-10h followed by a workshop on “New Speakers” 10h-12)

    Globalization, increased mobility and transnational networking have dramatically changed the linguistic ecologies of contemporary societies. The emerging sociolinguistic order presents both opportunities and challenges for (new) multilingual speakers. In this session I will look at what it means to acquire, use and be understood as a “new speaker” of a language in the context of a multilingual Europe. I will look at what it means for people to engage with a language or languages other than their “native” or “national” language(s), the challenges involved in crossing social boundaries. I will explore how speakers evaluate their own levels of linguistic competence and structure their social practices as they adapt to new linguistic spaces. While I will focus a lot on new speakers in minority language contexts in session, I will also look at how the new speaker lens has also been useful way of looking at the way in which language is mobilized in the reproduction of power relations and social inequalities across different multilingual contexts more generally, be that in the context of language revitalization projects taking place in many of Europe’s minoritized language such as Galician, Irish, Catalan etc., in the context of migration where migrants become speakers of their host language or in the context of transnational movements of people more generally which requires people to cross boundaries and adopt new linguistic practices. I will explore how the new speaker concept has provided a lens though which to critically engage with the concept of the “native speaker” and the different forms of socio-political inequality which often emerges amongst different types of speakers who are seen to possess different forms of linguistic capital. 


     Thursday 23 June (Université de Lyon, 90 rue Pasteur)

    Bénédicte PIVOT  

    (MCF Sociolinguistique, Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3 EA 739, DIPRALANG)

    “Issues of ‘endangered languages studies’” 

    (Plenary Session  9h-10h)

    In the plenary session I will focus on epistemological aspects of endangered language (EL) studies. After a brief presentation of its recent scientific history, I will discuss some key notions and concepts of linguistics and sociolinguistics, such as community, speakers, language, in their operability on EL studies. Studying EL means dealing with specific sociolinguistic context that by extension implies developing an adapted approach of fieldwork. If the workshop will develop this aspect more in details, in the plenary I will present the complexity of EL field, agendas of each stakeholder do not always match to each other, and different ideologies come into conflict. Finally, I will develop the hypothesis that EL fields are observatories that allow re-examine sociolinguistic concepts or even develop new ones.


    “What can we learn about EL fieldwork ?”

    Workshop (10h-12h)

    According to the fact that EL situations are extreme, dealing with collecting data in such situations means being aware of some specific aspect of social interactions, language practices, language policies and so one… Student will be invited to think about reliability of data, about defining a speaker or any other prior sociolinguistic operational notion.


After the final student presentations each day, there are further events:

Tuesday 21 June:

Welcome drink

Wednesday  22 June:

Additional research workshop

Urban walk to showcase Lyon’s linguistic landscape

Thursday 23 June:

Gala dinner

Edit:  9/05/2016 :

1. Whereas four themes and corresponding workshops were originally scheduled, Jeffrey Kallen has unfortunately had to withdraw from the SSS7 ( The workshop originally planned on the theme of Linguistic Landscapes has thus been cancelled. However, papers pertaining to the theme of Linguistic Landscapes will still be part of the SSS7.

2. Whereas the SSS7 was initially going to include a poster session, the organising committee has asked those who had been accepted for poster sessions if they would be willing to present an standard communication instead. The organising committee thanks the authors in question for accepting, as these presentations raise similar issues to papers accepted for communications, and thus allow for a more homogenous programme.

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