Langnet-seminaari: Language, Space and Time 27.-28.9.

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Date(s) - 27/09/2018 - 28/09/2018
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Tampereen yliopiston monitieteinen tutkimuskeskus Plural järjestää yhteistyössä Langnetin Puhutun kielen  tutkimus -teemaryhmän kanssa 27.-28.9.2018 monitieteisen seminaarin, jonka teemana on kieli, tila ja aika. Seminaarin pääpuhujana on professori emerita Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh).  Johnstone on maailman johtavia sosiolingvistejä, jonka panos erityisesti tilakäsityksen rikastamiseen variaationtutkimuksessa on ollut merkittävä. Hänen luentonsa Chronotopes of Dialect Style abstrakti on tämän kutsun lopussa.

Seminaari on maksuton ja kaikille avoin.

Tässä vaiheessa kutsumme seminaarin teemaan liittyviä alustusehdotuksia, joita voivat lähettää sekä väitöskirjatutkijat että varttuneemmat tutkijat. Ensiksi mainitut voivat anoa rahoitusta matka- ja majoituskuluihin Langnetin puhutun kielen teemaryhmältä. Seminaarin puitteissa järjestetään teksti- ja aineistotyöpaja.

Lähetä esityksesi otsikko ja lyhyt, maksimissaan 250 sanan / 1500 merkin laajuinen kuvaus aiheestasi ja kontribuutiosi luonteesta tällä sähköisellä lomakkeella:  https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/21644/lomake.html
15.8. mennessä. Samalla lomakkeella voit ilmoittaa myös matka- ja majoituskulujen anomisesta.

Langnetin matka-apurahaohje täällä:  https://blogs.helsinki.fi/langnet-2016-2019/ohje-matkarahan-hakemiseen-instructions-for-travel-grants/

Seminaaripäivien lopullinen ohjelma lähetetään elokuun lopulla, jolloin on mahdollisuus ilmoittautua seminaariin ilman omaa paperia. Ohjelma ja mahdolliset päivitykset näkyvät myös Langnetin kalenterissa

Barbara Johnstone osallistuu molempiin seminaaripäiviin. Seminaarin pääasiallinen työkieli on englanti, mutta rohkaisemme rinnakkaiskielisyyteen.

Lisätietoa seminaarista saa Johanna Vaattovaaralta johanna.vaattovaara@uta.fi sekä Langnetin Puhutun kielen tutkimus -ryhmän vetureilta Heidi Niemelältä heidi.niemela@oulu.fi ja Lotta Aarikalta lamaar@utu.fi.

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This is an invitation to the seminar Language, Space and time that will take place on September 27-28, 2018 at the University of Tampere. The seminar is co-organized by the multidisciplinary research centre Plural and Langnet Spoken Language Studies group.  We are pleased to introduce professor emerita Barbara Johnstone from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, as the keynote of the seminar. Johnstone is among the most distinguished sociolinguists whose contribution to spatial theory in sociolinguistics has been particularly influential.  The abstract of her talk Chronotopes of Dialect Style is attached at the end of this invitation.

The seminar is free of charge and open for all.

At this point, we invite PhD students and researchers to send paper proposals to the seminar. PhD students may apply funding for the travel and accommodation costs from the Langnet Spoken Language Studies group. The seminar days will include data sessions and/or text workshops according to participants’ needs.

Please send the topic of your contribution as well as a brief abstract (maximum 250 words/1500 characters) via this eform:  https://elomake3.uta.fi/lomakkeet/21644/lomake.html
no later than August 15th. The form is also for applying the travel and accommodation costs. Please see the instructions for applications here: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/langnet-2016-2019/ohje-matkarahan-hakemiseen-instructions-for-travel-grants/

The final program will be out by the end of August. At this point we call for registrations without a contribution. The program with possible updates will appear also in the Langnet public calendar.

Barbara Johnstone will participate in both seminar days. The working language is English, but we encourage multilingual practices.

Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Johanna Vaattovaara johanna.vaattovaara@uta.fi or the chairs of the Langnet Spoken Language Studies group, Heidi Niemelä heidi.niemela@oulu.fi  or Lotta Aarikka lamaar@utu.fi.

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Abstract

Barbara Johnstone:  Chronotopes of Dialect Style

To the extent that they are heard as regional at all, regional ways of speaking index places.  But they rarely index place alone. Using or stylizing a regional way of speaking may call up what literary theorist Mikhael Bakhtin called a “chronotope.” Davidson (2007), quoting Bakhtin, defines a chronotope as “an ‘intrinsic connectedness of temporal and spatial relationships’ that is ‘always colored by emotions and values’ (Bakhtin, 1981, p. 83 and p. 243).” This is to say that a language or dialect can index a conceptual world located in time as well as in space, with associated sets of characters related to each other in particular ways. For example, when Americans hear a posh British accent, we may think not just of England, but of the England of of the BBC television program “Downton Abbey,” the England of the late 19th and early 20th centuries when people who spoke that way lived in manor houses in the countryside and had armies of servants.

In this paper, I describe how Pittsburghese, the regional dialect of southewestern Pennsylvania as it is imagined by local people, has been associated over time with four different chronotopes: the “golden age” (working-class Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 60s), the “timeless local” (“authentic” Pittsburgh, temporally located in the present but with the values and habits of the past), and the “contemporary other” (the post-industrial working class, located at the margins of the “real” Pittsburgh of today), and the “new Yinzer” (the world of contemporary hipsters, not necessarily native to Pittsburgh, who live in gentrified neighborhoods and consume Pittsburghese as a display of insiderness). I show how these complexes of time, place, characterological figure, and value have shaped how Pittsburghese is represented in a variety of media.  More generally, I suggest that the idea of the chronotope may be useful to people interested in the relationships between language, time, and place elsewhere.

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Lämpimästi tervetuloa Tampereelle syyskuussa! Warmest welcome to Tampere in September!