in Language investigates the theoretical
and pedagogical implications of "diversity" in a variety
of contexts: among different languages, between specific languages
and a putative universal model, within individual languages, and within
the speech or writing of individual speakers. Participants share a
concern with specific languages and language families, rather than
language as an abstract model primarily informed by English. Our investigations
of diversity will lead to new perspectives on continuing debates such
as whether language is hard-wired or learned; to what extent language
is determined purely by communicative or expressive needs; how variations
in a single language may be associated with sociological or geographic
subgroupings; how diversity within a language relates to the ideology
of "standard" language; and how and why individual speakers
use diverse varieties and styles of language.
We are resuming our work after a hiatus last year.
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About the Chairs
Matsumoto is associate professor of Japanese language and linguistics
and coordinator of the Japanese Language Program.
"Rob" Robinson is professor of German Studies and
director of the Introduction to the Humanities program.
- Peter Sells
is professor of linguistics and Asian languages.
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in Language, please contact Yoshiko
Matsumoto, Rob Robinson,
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Yoshiko Matsumoto, co-chair
Rob Robinson, co-chair
Peter Sells, co-chair