From Killycomain to Melbourne and Díli to Dungannon: Language Migration and Identity Across Time and Space

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Join us as Professor Karen Corrigan discusses the language migration and identity across time and space.

Thursday 21 June 2018 04:30 pm until Thursday 21 June 2018 06:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Natasha Katoa; 03 9479 1093
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training

4:30pm - Registrations Open
5:00pm - Lecture

2015 will be remembered as the first year in which over one million people migrated to Europe, which witnessed a four-fold increase in the number of immigrants since the previous year. Northern Ireland (NI) was formerly synonymous only with emigration. In the Great Famine era, its people were drawn to new ‘superdiverse’ cities like Melbourne, ‘the jewel of the southern hemisphere’, from townlands like Killycomain where high levels of socio-economic deprivation existed – particularly amongst the Roman Catholic population. Today, NI is experiencing the most significant demographic and societal changes since the colonisation of the island of Ireland from the Middle Ages onwards. This state-of-affairs results not just from new and unprecedented globalising migratory trends from within the European Union as well as far-flung capitals like Dili but also from the dividends of the 1990s Peace Process. This presentation explores findings from the first project to investigate the sociolinguistics of globalization and migration in NI from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The approach thus mirrors that of Hymes.

Speaker: Professor Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Professor Karen Corrigan is Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Director of Research at Newcastle University (UK). She is renowned for her research on language and dialect, corpus linguistics and historical sociolinguistics. Her publications include Cornips and Corrigan (2005)Syntax and Variation: Reconciling the Biological and the Social (2005, with Leonie Cornips),Irish English, Volume 1: Northern Ireland (2010) andCreating and Digitizing Language Corpora, Volume 3 (2017, with Adam Mearns).

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