Vox California Cultural meanings of Linguistic Diversity April 3-4, 2009 UC Santa Barbara
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“Vox California” is an interdisciplinary workshop that seeks both to highlight language as a central component of California studies and to establish California as a crucial site for the investigation of language in social life. As the first conference to focus on the full scope of California’s linguistic resources, including but not limited to indigenous and immigrant languages, regional and ethnoracial dialects, subcultural linguistic styles, and linguistically mediated social activities, “Vox California” has a broad interdisciplinary mandate to examine how language semiotically shapes the sociocultural meaning of California and Californians locally, nationally, and globally. The workshop’s goal is not simply to document the state’s linguistic diversity but more importantly to investigate the cultural meanings of specific linguistic forms, representations, and practices, including social identities, political ideologies, and embodied cultural activities.

Speakers
Jocelyn C. Ahlers (Liberal Studies, CSU San Marcos)
H. Samy Alim, Jooyoung Lee, and Lauren Mason Carris (Anthropology, UCLA)
Arnetha Ball (Education, Stanford University)
Patricia Baquedano-López (Education, UC Berkeley)
Mary Bucholtz (Linguistics, UCSB)
Dolores Inés Casillas (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCSB)
Carmen Fought (Linguistics, Pitzer College)
Lanita Jacobs-Huey (Anthropology, University of Southern California)
Paul V. Kroskrity (Anthropology, UCLA)
Adrienne Lo (Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Norma Mendoza-Denton (Anthropology, University of Arizona)
Marianne Mithun (Linguistics, UCSB)
Robert J. Podesva (Linguistics, Georgetown University)
Jason Raley (Education, UCSB)
Otto Santa Ana (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA)
Ana Celia Zentella (Ethnic Studies, UCSD)

For all conference-related questions, contact:

Organizing committee
H. Samy Alim (Anthropology, UCLA)
Patricia Baquedano-López (Education, UC Berkeley)
Mary Bucholtz (Linguistics, UCSB)
Dolores Inés Casillas (Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCSB)
Conference assistant: Christy Bird (Linguistics, UCSB)

 

 
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