Sociolinguistics Symposium (SoSy)

SoSy ’23:Diversity, Difference, and Dialects”, 2-3 March, 2023 

Our 5th annual Sociolinguistics Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first 2-day rendition of our commitment to providing a sociolinguistics-focused, graduate-student run space for professional and up-and-coming linguists.

Our theme for the year 2023 Diversity, Difference, and Dialects is aimed at investigating and understanding the concepts of diversity, difference, and dialects in various contexts. This includes (but is not limited to), for example, examining the distinction between diversity and distinction—as in the postcolonial writings of Bhabha—and where language sits within it. This session invites abstracts that focus more broadly on various semiotic practices as well —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 the identity processes uncovered, recovered, encouraged, or discouraged at the loci of linguistic marginalization through a variety of analytical/theoretical sociolinguistic approaches.

To submit an abstract, please visit:

Our 2023 plenary speakers are:

  1. Rakesh Bhatt, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  2. Lydia Catedral, City University of Hong Kong
  3. Jennifer Cramer, University of Kentucky
  4. Alexandra Johnston, Georgetown University
  5. Shalini Shankar, Northwestern University

*Deadline for abstracts: 9 December, 2022*

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SoSy ’23 Co-Chairs:

Sarah Clark,

Wafa Al-Alawi,