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SEMINAR: Linguistics Seminar Series

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Today's date is Saturday, September 26, 2020
Linguistics Seminar Series : Revisiting the language-culture nexus: Difference and repetition in language shift to a creole Other events...
It has become commonplace to state that language and culture are intimately interwoven, and that therefore losing ones language as it happens in situations of colonization for instance implies losing ones culture. However, few scientific studies have tackled the consequences of language shift in this respect. What difference does communicating in another code make to what speakers can express and how they describe the world? Does using a new language necessarily alter ones world-views? This presentation will address this question through an empirical comparison of Kriol, an English-based creole widely spoken in the north of Australia, with Dalabon, one of the Australian Aboriginal languages that is being replaced by Kriol. Focusing on the expression of emotions (Ponsonnet 2014), I will show which linguistic tools remain, which do not; which meanings get replaced, and which are missing. The results of this study highlight the tensions between linguistic pressures that may impact the way people describe and construe the world; and the remarkable plasticity by which languages allow their speakers to say whatever they want to say. The case study also suggests some practical options that may appeal to communities who have adopted a new language and wish to retain their cultural identity at the same time.
Speaker(s) Maa Ponsonnet
Location Social Sciences Building, Room 2.63
Contact Maa Ponsonnet <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 05 Apr 2019 11:00
End Fri, 05 Apr 2019 12:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:25
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