The SLR website seeks to do a number of related things:

Firstly, we hope it will serve as a halting place for anyone seeking to explore the sociological interface between language and religion, both broadly understood.

Secondly, it should provide a general overview of the activities undertaken by the developing SLR community (conferences, colloquia and symposia; papers presented; publications; and other general activities).

Thirdly, it should assist members of the SLR community to showcase and present their work to the research community more broadly as well as to the online public audience.  It is also hoped that the website will be a means of increasing the size of the SLR community.

Finally, and importantly, it represents just one of the many legacies of Professor Joshua A. Fishman whose work in this area has been an inspiration and motivation for all those involved in this important and emerging discipline. Sadly, Professor Fishman, or ‘Shikl’, as he was known to many, died on March 1 2015. Here is a link to two obituaries which appeared on LINGUIST List.

An obituary written by one of the SLR network members is here.


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