Inter-Actions: Roundtable on Questioning the Givens

A series of informal conversations on ideas about language

1st Roundtable: Decentering language: From languages to speakers

September 17, 2021 | Friday, 5:00-7:00 PM Philippine Standard Time | via Zoom and FB Live


Studies of language are often expected to focus on the language itself - its system, structure, varieties, functions and the like. In this roundtable, speakers will discuss what happens when the starting point and fundamental goal of language studies is to center how language is politically and socially consequential for people. This means asking what languages mean to whom, what using languages does for whom and with what effects or consequences.