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Language and place. June 2015

Dear friends, - advisory board, colleagues and partners,

With this, our third newsletter from the Language and Place-project, we bring you an update on our activities since March and a brief overview of some of our plans for the fall.

We wish you all a pleasant summer.

Best regards, 
Pia and Maria

LaPUR’s visit at Aalborg University, May 29th

The Copenhagen based LaPUR team visited in May our project partners at University of Aalborg. Anja Jørgensen and her colleagues in the SocMap research team presented their ongoing work on place and mobility; and Pia gave a short introduction to the concept of place in dialectology and sociolinguistics – please find the program here (in Danish).

The interdisciplinary meeting resulted in vivid and inspiring discussions on topics like how to integrate maps and demographic information into research on mobility and place. We decided to continue exchanging ideas and will have a follow-up meeting again next year. 


Sociolinguistics of Globalization, June 3rd-6th

The LaPUR team attended the international conference ”The Sociolinguistics of Globalization”, which took place at The University of Hong Kong from the 3rd to the 6th of June.

With more than 500 participants and a programme packed with interesting and relevant papers, the conference served as both a brilliant option to gather new insights and as an excellent arena for presenting the LaPUR project.

LaPUR contributed with three papers in the course of the conference:

Malene furthermore presented her PhD-project in the paper Mobility and language change in real time”.

Pia and Malene’s papers formed part of the panel “Dialects and migration” organized by Peter Auer and Barbara Johnstone.


Malene’s visit at Maastricht University, June 9th-10th

Returning from Hong Kong Malene travelled directly to Maastricht and participated in the workshop "The Languagecultural Conceptualisation of Belonging".

The workshop, which took place 9-10th of June at the University of Maastricht, was arranged by Lotte Thissen and member of the LaPUR advisory board Leonie Cornips.

Malene presented a paper entitled: "Creating a hybrid sense of belonging in Copenhagen – a case study on Facebook". (View powerpoint presentation).

During the two days there were fruitful discussions about how to conceptualise and operationalise 'belonging' and to what extent it has explanatory power in modern-day sociolinguistic and linguistic anthropological studies.


Malene’s visit at University of Bern, fall 2015

Malene is planning to visit Professor David Britain at the University of Bern from the 16th to 23rd of October.

During the stay she will participate in the conference ”Where geography meets language” and in a workshop on language and variation with David Britain and his PhD-students.


Maria’s maternity leave

From July 1st MA Ida Hjorth will join the LaPUR team as our new research assistant. She will take over Maria’s responsibilities regarding communication and research support as Maria begins her maternity leave on June 30th.

We will be missing Maria and her great efforts and contributions to the LaPUR project. We wish her all the best and hope that she will be able to return to the department.

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Sendt d. 24 June 2015