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Language Ideologies in the Spanish-speaking world context

SiS2017: Language Ideologies in the Spanish speaking world context 

The Spanish in Society 2017 conference takes place Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April 2017 at the Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, home of its Faculty of Humanities.

8th International Conference of Hispanic Linguistics and 6th Biennial Meeting of the International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society [SIS-EES].


Beliefs about language and language uses play a central role in social life. As a well-established field of inquiry, the study of language ideologies has allowed researchers from different approaches and disciplines (discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, social psychology, linguistic anthropology and ethnography, amongst many others) to shed light on the complex relationships between social structures and individual (linguistic) agencies. Thus, giving account of the social and institutional conditions under which speakers’ evaluations are made, factors such as language prestige, language change and maintenance, language choices, language policy or the role of language in power relations, have become central to understanding how language behaviour is shaped by such situational, institutional and indeed broader social and historical constraints.

The numerous domains of Spanish language use offer us important contexts within which to reflect upon how language ideologies function, and the circumstances in which they circulate and are legitimised in the spaces where different varieties of Spanish coexist, or in multilingual and diasporic situations where Spanish, in its multiple varieties, is one of the choices available within the linguistic repertoires of speakers.


Keynote speakers

Read more about our keynote speakers: Rainer Enrique Hamel and Kathryn Woolard

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