Dignity in Diversity: Turbulent approaches to linguistic citizenship

Christopher Stroud

University of the Western Cape

Christopher Stroud is a Senior Professor of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape, where he is currently Director of the Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research, and Professor of Transnational Multilingualism at Stockholm University. His research foci encompass the sociolinguistics of multilingualism in Southern Africa, especially mobility and displacement in multilingual encounters, the politics and ideology of language and literacy and semiotic landscapes in transforming urban contexts. He has earlier conducted research in Papua New Guinea (multilingualism and literacies in small languages), Sweden (language politics, sociolinguistics and educational linguistics), Singapore (sociolinguistics of literacy markets) and Mozambique (bilingual education and emerging practices of Mozambican Portuguese). He has been part of the Sociolinguistics of Superdiversity program at the University of the Western Cape which is a collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Ethnic, Social and Religious Diversity.


This paper will deal with the ‘dark side’ or underbelly of globalization. Conflict, tension and marginalization suggest a need for an ethical sociolinguistics that can enhance conditions for linguistically mediated... [ view full abstract ]


PL-04 » Plenary lecture 4 - Christopher Stroud (17:45 - Friday, 5th June, Grand Hall)