Language Diversity, Power and Social Equality

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC25 Language and Society (host committee)

Language: English, French and Spanish

Linguistically diverse contexts often involve  asymmetric power relations and symbolic violence which is reflected in the vitality of the languages in contact, their use, knowledge and prestige, as well as the attitudes towards these languages or their speakers, or their value as a linguistic (and human) capital. And not only in settings where there are historically minority and minorized languages, but also in societies with high linguistic diversity due to migratory cycles.

Along this line, some of the key issues to analyze range from the social situation of language(s) and its causes to the initiatives meant to guarantee linguistic rights, as well as linguistic integration of migrants or their descendants, all working towards a greater social equity.

This session is intended to take into account proposals that look at these dynamics from a sociological perspective in a broad sense.

Session Organizers:
Cecilio LAPRESTA-REY, Universidad de Lleida, Spain and Everlyn KISEMBE, Moi University, Kenya
Oral Presentations
Constructing Latino Identity in Barcelona.
Victor CORONA, Universitat de Lleida-ESQ7550001G, Spain; David BLOCK, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Language Shift in Small Communities. an Analysis of Bilingual Language Usage in Family
Virna VELAZQUEZ, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico; Roberto GUERRA MEJIA, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico; Lillyan PEREZ, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico; Tamara SANCHEZ, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, Mexico
Ideological Debates over Municipal Soundscapes: The Case of Mandarin Chinese Station Announcements on Trains in Singapore
Mark SEILHAMER, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore