SLR Limerick 2006

Change, Conflict and Accommodation in the Sociology of Language and Religion Framework

A colloquium held at the 16th Sociolinguistics Symposium at the University of Limerick in July 2006

Chaired by Tope Omoniyi

The colloquium was intended to form part of a series of ceremonies on both sides of the Atlantic to celebrate the 80th birthday of Professor Emeritus Joshua A. Fishman (actual birth date July 18th) by taking a critical look at his contribution to scholarship in our discipline. The Sociology of Language and Religion may be described as Joshua’s latest attempt at re-inventing himself to demonstrate that ageing does not impede one’s ability to engage with and contribute to contemporary intellectual and social issues of interest. SLR is only an addition to a string of major themes that run through his extensive and glowing career.

Papers presented:

  1. Jewish religious multilingualism: Tensions and creativity (Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University)
  2. Tyranny nor revolt: A “third way” to dynamic and sustainable language relations (Gregory Paul P. Meyjes, Solidaris Intercultural Services LLC, Washington DC)
  3. African American Vernacular English, religion and ethnicity (Nkonko M. Kamwangamalu, Howard University)
  4. Arabic and sociocultural change among the Yoruba (L. Oladipo Salami, Obafemi Awolowo University)
  5. Authenticating a tradition in transition: Language of Hinduism in the U.S (Rajeshwari  V. Pandharipande, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  6. Arabic in the Fray: Contesting Sacredness (Yasir Suleiman, University of Edinburgh
  7. A gendered evangelical identity (Allyson Jule, University of Glamorgan)

Discussant: Joshua Fishman

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