Super-diversities in Luxembourg, Jyväskylä 2013

As an open forum for researcher to bringing their perspectives to the question of super-diversity, along with challenges it brings to the critical study of language, the conference on Language and Super-diversity was an interesting opportunity for me to present part of my PhD results on interaction in Luxembourgish as an additional language. The “special value of Luxembourgish” as “the only national seed” on the one hand and the language that immigrants in Luxembourg do not need for living in the country was discussed in line with John Gumperz‘s perspectives on super-diverse individual and repertoires…
Language and super-diversity, Jyväskylä, 2013, regrouped current research into the complexity of social, cultural and linguistic diversity in societies around the world. It focused on the multi-faceted socio-cultural transformations taking place in the context of accelerated processes of geopolitical and cultural globalization. The aim of the conference was to discuss potential offered by the theory of super-diversity to the present linguistic inquiry…
Among other interesting talks, Michael Silverstein discusses super-diversity an incremental or transformational…
David Parkin discussed keywords and phrases in linguistic anthropology as a puzzle that goes around cycles based on cultural concepts. Through examples of wording in the Bakweri culture in Cameroon, he showed that words could shadow some other pragmatic structures. He showed that keywords might sometimes refer to culturally conceptual identifications. While diversity provides semiotic linguistics resources, some of them are diminished towards diverse semiotic repertoires. His research further proves that different parallels of language shadow can be interpreted and there is a need for stimulating cross-working research within languages in the world.
Christopher Stroud questioned the role of place in the semiotic and identity of immersion and stressed the importance of place and placement in analysing mobility. He held that space functions as affordances for the development of certain languages. His research discusses the metaphor of turbulence as different rhythm of movements and ways to create different realities in specific localities. Jan Blommaert’s discussion of Stroud’s talk defined super-diversity as the study of exceptions that link to the study of knowledge of language. Mobility leads to plurality and complexity. Hence, meaning making is not linear, rather a non-linear effect of natural elements. Diversity emphasises instability of social linguistic system; i.e. the non-stop generation of exceptions, the practical dimension of all these exceptional systems.
As an aurevoir to Gumperz, the ‘father’ research into super-diversities, the conference in Jyväskylä offers great opportunity to discuss ongoing research into super-diverse individual and repertoires.

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