Wellsprings Forum Dialogue 2016

What is different about the sociolinguistics of small-scale communities

Canberra, 1-5 Feb, 2016, Australian National University

The Wellsprings Forum dialogue featured sociolinguists Peter Trudgill and James Stanford. It was held at ANU during the mornings of the first week of February (1-5), and included public lectures, commentary and discussion on the theme: ‘What is different about the sociolinguistics of small-scale communities’. 

1st Feb Peter Trudgill Complexity in small languages: what is the evidence? (Commentary by Ruth Singer)
2nd Feb James Stanford Sociolinguistics of Sui clans and other communities of descent (Commentary by Murray Garde)
3rd Feb Peter Trudgill Complexity in small languages: how can we account for it (Commentary by Patrick McConvell)
4th Feb James Stanford Investigating language variation and change in small communities (Commentary by Eri Kashima)
5th Feb

Peter Trudgill
James Stanford
Nick Evans 

Synthesis and discussion (Round Table Commentary by Respondents, followed by open discussion)

For information about the forum contact Bianca.Hennessy@anu.edu.au.

For abstracts, please see our extended program here.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University

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