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Linguistics in the pub, 5 Apr, Melbourne

University of Melbourne

Date: 22 March 2017

It's all in the family! Why researching languages in the family is complicated and how it can be the most entertaining thing. 

In conjunction with Language practices and language policies in multilingual contexts workshopUniversity of Melbourne 6-7 April 2017 

Leading the discussion: Judith Purkarthofer, Multiling: Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo

This discussion will start with experiences in researching family languages, policies and practices in a Northern European context. National languages, minority languages and languages of migration are considered a public question, but they are also very much a private question for families and family members.

Some of the issues that may come up in the discussion include:

  • What can we understand when we look at families?
  • Multilingualism across generations
  • How can research design and methodology cater for different age groups, language competences and interests?
  • How do we negotiate the public and the private and our own role as belonging to both domains?
  • How close is too close? Reading cultural and personal cues in interaction

Given that many researchers work in settings where family relations are relevant (among other things), the discussion should be relevant to your experiences and we are happy to learn your tricks in family-related research! 

Date:      Wednesday 5th April 2017

Time:       6:00 - 8:00 pm
Venue:     Function room, Naughton’s Parkville Hotel  

Address: 43 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

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