Montag, 21. Januar 2019, 15:00 - 18:00 iCal

Workshop by Dr Chloé Lybaert (Ghent University)

(Ghent University, Department of Translation, Interpreting and Communication)

Challenges for language learners caused by non-homogeneous language practices & situations in the local community

Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, grüner Salon (6. OG)
Sensengasse 3a, 1090 Wien

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

This workshop is open to anyone.

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Processes of migration and the ensuing linguistic diversification of many societies have led to a focus on the role of language – often especially the national language – in relation to inclusion and integration in the host society. (National) language knowledge is promoted as the way to integrate and find a job, while lack of language competence becomes a proxy for among others unemployability. As Piller (2016:62) points out, in debates about language, “linguistic repertoires become markers of inclusion and exclusion, of legitimacy or illegitimacy”.

During this workshop, we will focus on those newcomers who (attempt to) learn the local language, and how their interactions with L1-speakers of that language proceed. More specifically, we would focus on:

- How language practices of newcomers – when talking to L1-speakers of the national language – proceed?

o What linguistic resources are mobilised in interactions? (How) are these linguistic resources negotiated?

o Do communication breakdowns occur in interaction and if so, how are they repaired or minimised?

- The question if these interactions tell us something about the actual language needs of newcomers in order to communicate with L1-speakers, and about the challenges for L2-education?

Participants are welcome to bring excerpts of data they would like to discuss during this workshop (e.g. excerpts from interviews, field notes, transcriptions of interactions, and so on), and elaborate on and contextualise these excerpts during the workshop.

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Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Wien

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Mi-Cha Flubacher
Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft