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The University of Southampton
Centre for Global Englishes

'The politics of language in the global workplace’ Seminar

17:00 - 18:30
4 May 2016
Building 65/Lecture Theatre C Avenue Campus SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Prof Jennifer Jenkins at .

Event details

Part of the annual seminar series for the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE).

The study of multilingualism, language policy and planning have a long tradition in applied linguistics and sociolinguistics. Multilingualism in the workplace however has attracted interest more recently. Collections and special issues have addressed the role of global/local languages, the relationship between language and accessing the labour market/career progression as well as the commodification of language competence. In this talk I draw on recently completed and ongoing work and reflect on current understandings of multilingualism and issues around ideology and hegemony. I discuss the core concept of language as well as the importance of contextually appropriate methodologies for interpreting language use at work.

Speaker information

Dr Jo Angouri, Warwick. My research sits at the interface of sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis. I am interested in the analysis of interaction and the relationship between language, culture and identity. Much of my work has focused on professional discourse and I have carried out research in a range of corporate, academic and health care settings. I have published work on identity, culture, multilingualism, language policy and language use. My ongoing research includes a multidisciplinary project on hospital emergencies (focusing on teamwork and leadership), work on patient identities and the comparative analysis of workplace talk (focusing on the discourse in business meetings). I have recently started a new project on representations of the financial crisis in every day discourses (with Professor Ruth Wodak) and I am involved in work on discourses of care focusing on the meaning of dementia identities.

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