Lang07
Negotiating linguistic disruptions and connections

Convenors:
Gladys Nyarko Ansah (University of Ghana)
George Frimpong (University of Ghana)
Discussant:
Paul Kerswill (University of York)
Stream:
Language and Literature
Location:
David Hume, LG.10
Sessions:
Wednesday 12 June, 14:15-15:45

Short abstract:

Migration does not only cause disruption (uprooting and relocating) but also connection (adapting to new surroundings and realities, including linguistic ones). This panel is interested in the linguistic heritages that evolve among Africans in migratory and transnational contexts.

Long abstract:

Migration does not only cause disruption (uprooting and relocating) but also connection (adapting to new surroundings and realities, including linguistic ones). The movement of African migrants into new environments presents new challenges of identity struggle both in terms of retaining their African heritage and identities and assuming or adapting to new identities of their new environments. This panel is interested in the linguistic heritages that evolve among Africans in migratory and transnational contexts. What role does language play in the ways African immigrants and transnationals experience the processes of uprooting, relocation, as well as the negotiation and construction of identities in their new contexts? The constituent papers in this panel will investigate (1) linguistic repertoires that reflect individual/group trajectories in African migratory/transnational contexts; and (2) heterogenous worlds and discourses about language and language practices in African migratory /transnational contexts.