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Reciprocal Gazes on Catalonia

Date: 10 February 2009 Time: 12 pm

DELC Guest Lecture Series: Reciprocal Gazes on Catalonia

Bowland North, Seminar Room 21, Lancaster University

Joan Luís Marfany (University of Liverpool)

"A historian looks at sociolinguistics (and is not entirely convinced by what he sees)"

A critique of sociolinguistics taking as a departing point his own experience as a historian of diglossia in Catalonia. This paper focuses particularly on the essential ambiguity of the discipline, placed between linguistics and sociology, in the imprecision, from a sociological and historical view point, in the use of the terms 'language' and 'dialect', and in the conceptual confusion around the question of 'bilingualism/diglossia' and the idea of 'code switching'.

This event is organised by the 'Peripheral Identities' Research Group (DELC)With the collaboration of the Department of Linguistics and English Language


Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures, Linguistics and English Language


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