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The authority to speak - Linguistic intolerance, anonymity and monolingual...

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Queens University Belfast

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School of Arts, English and Languages (Irish)

Modern Languages Core Disciplinary Research Group

First annual public lecture

Professor Bernadette O'Rourke, Heriot-Watt Univeristy, Scotland.

The current social and political climate internationally has given rise to linguistic intolerance at many levels. In this talk I will examine the ideologies behind such intolerance and why certain types of speakers (new speakers, native speakers) and users of particular languages (majority or minority languages) are given more authority than others. I will draw specifically on the concept of anonymity as explored by Gal and Woolard (2001) which they use with reference to the public sphere (which supposedly includes everyone but which in fact gives voice to some speakers and not to others).

This lecture will be conducted in English and will be followed by a drinks reception.

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