[Corpora-List] Language and Superdiversity: exploring corpus approaches

Paul Thompson paul_ccr at fastmail.fm
Tue Jun 23 15:59:47 CEST 2015

[posted on behalf of Caroline Tagg]

You are all invited to a talk on language and superdiversity next Tuesday, 30^th June. The event is free and there is no need to register, but if you can let me, Caroline Tagg, know if you plan to come that would be useful (c.tagg at bham.ac.uk <mailto:c.tagg at bham.ac.uk>). I look forward to seeing you!

*Language and Superdiversity: *

*exploring corpus approaches*

Funded by the/Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS/)//

*Dr Rachelle Vessey, Newcastle University***

*"From multilingualism to superdiversity in corpus linguistics: implications for multicultural research"*

_Tuesday 30^th June 2015_

2-3:30pm, followed by a break and discussion activity until 5pm

in room 420, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham

Corpus linguistics can be described, at least in part, as an approach to the study of 'authentic' or 'naturally-occurring' language data (McEnery and Wilson, 2001). However, in a globalised society with complex migration flows and new opportunities for interaction in online spaces, authentic language is increasingly diverse. "Superdiversity" has emerged as a new concept to account for the unprecedented intersections of diverse factors that become meaningful within a "post-multiculturalism" world of migration and transnational flow (Vertovec, 2010). In linguistics, superdiversity has become an important framework for understanding the complex ways in which new and changing meanings are attributed to languages (e.g. fluency, literacy, and multilingualism) and linguistic features (e.g. accent, code-switching, spelling) (Blommaert & Rampton 2011). However, corpus work has not engaged with this new theory of society. Although there has been some corpus-based research on language that is arguably 'superdiverse' in that it contains language mixing, play, literacy, and new reliance on language as a communicative resource (e.g. Tagg, 2013; Seidlhofer, 2013), these studies tend not to be directly linked to theories of superdiversity and therefore corpus linguistic research is not seen as contributing to this burgeoning area of research in the social sciences.

This paper intends to address this gap by overviewing existing corpus linguistic research in areas relevant to superdiversity and exploring how existing corpus approaches can be usefully applied to superdiverse datasets. Drawing on English, French, and mixed-language Twitter data relevant to the Canadian context, the aim is to highlight the ways in which the field of corpus linguistics can contribute to a better understanding of both superdiversity (as a concept) and 'superdiverse' datasets. For the former, the objective is to use corpus linguistics tools and methods to contribute to greater understanding of superdiversity as a relevant social theory (perhaps replacing 'multiculturalism'). For the latter, the aim is to assess the status quo of corpus linguistics tools to tackle language data in their natural, often complexly multilingual state, and, more generally, to assess the potential for corpus linguistics to study not only language(s), but also "languaging" as interactive and evolving processes.

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