SOCLAS' Sociolinguistics Research Group at the congress

Members of SOCLAS’ Sociolinguistics Research Group participated last month at the 16th World Congress of Linguists at the Foreign Studies University, Beijing. The Congress takes place every three years (having been in Essen in 2008, and heading to Brisbane in 2014) and focussed this summer on Harmony in Diversity: language, culture and society.

Over one thousand applied linguists from across all the world’s continents met in Beijing to discuss issues of language teaching, language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and other aspects of applied linguistics.

From SOCLAS, Dr Stefania Tufi (Italian) gave a paper on her recent work on language policy in Sardinia, whilst Dr Robert Blackwood (French) discussed the revitalisation of regional languages in France.

From the postgraduate community, Michelle Harrison – currently preparing her PhD for submission – gave a paper on the introduction of bilingual language classes in schools in Alsace.

In addition to a busy schedule at the conference, members of the Research Group were able to explore the city and the region, with trips to the Forbidden City, Tian’ Amen Square, and the Great Wall of China.

Left: Robert Blackwood, Michelle Harrison and Stefania Tufi at the Great Wall of China