SOSY 2020

Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY): Rethinking Speech Communities 

The Sociolinguistics Symposium Committee is pleased to announce the second annual Sociolinguistics Symposium (SOSY), which will be held on 27 February 2020 in the fourth floor of the Illini Union in conjunction with the 12th Annual Illinois Language and Linguistics Society Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SOSY is a graduate student-run symposium aimed primarily at providing graduate and advanced undergraduate students a forum to present and discuss their research on topics related to sociolinguistics. Following the success of last year’s symposium on “Acts of Identity”, this year’s theme is “Rethinking Speech Communities”. This session invites abstracts that focus on various semiotic practices —including but not limited to codeswitching, stance-taking, lexical choice, script choice, and phonetic variation—of meaning-making in different modalities. We especially encourage research that explores and (re-)conceptualizes the notion of speech community through a variety of analytical/theoretical sociolinguistic approaches.

Plenary Speakers for SOSY 2020

Dr. Kim Potowski (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Dr. Jenny Davis (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Dr. Atiqa Hachimi (University of Toronto, Scarborough)


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