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.


Alexandre Duchêne

University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Joseph Park

National University of Singapore

Aileen Salonga

University of the Philippines-Diliman

Hosted by:

Southern Luzon State University-College of Arts and Sciences

SLSU-Office of International & Alumni Affairs


Nicanor Guinto

Southern Luzon State University, Philippines

Beatriz Lorente

University of Bern, Switzerland

Ruanni Tupas

University College London, United Kingdom

In partnership with:

Beatriz Lorente, University of Bern

Ruanni Tupas, University College London

Inter Actions Roundtable 1_LIST OF CERTIFIED PARTICIPANTS.pdf