PROGRAMME.                                                                                           REGISTRATION

Description of Workshop

The prejudice and discrimination towards different languages and how these create legal and social inequalities is well documented (Kibbee, 2016; Piller 2016). However, despite the existence of a number of international declarations and institutions committed to protecting and promoting the world’s linguistic diversity and the rights of speakers, the social and developmental problems related to linguistic inequalities have not achieved the level of attention or affirmative action as other social inequalities (e.g. related to race, gender and class). Moreover, the prejudices against non-standard varieties of a single language have received even less attention (O’Neill and Massini-Cagliari, 2018), despite the attested linguistic discrimination within the education system (Seligman, Tucker, and Lambert 1972; Siegel 2010; Grainger 2011; Grainger and Jones 2013), the justice system (Rickford and King 2016), the housing market ((Purnell, Idsardi, and Baugh 1999; Baugh 2003) and in training courses and the job market (Baratta 2018; Seggie, Smith, and Hodgins 1986))

The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers from different disciplines who have different research expertise, strengths and methodologies to explore the ways in which language prejudice can represent a social and developmental problem for individuals, groups and nations. The workshop therefore aims to explore: 

  • the ways in which linguistic prejudice manifests itself as discrimination
  • the social and economic effects of linguistic prejudice on society
  • the role of academic research in combating linguistic prejudice

With reference to the last point, within sociolinguistics, the assumption is that social change can be achieved when researchers share their knowledge with the public, policymakers and other institutions. This ‘principle of error correction’ has recently come under scrutiny and has been argued as being naïve and ineffectual (see Lewis (2018) and discussions therein) since the focus is on changing beliefs of individuals but not analysing the political, historical and social factors which sustain and reinforce such beliefs and the material structures which endorse and promote them.  The guiding methodology of the workshop is to take an interdisciplinary and challenge-based approach and view languageideologies as intimately related to other ideologies. Thus, arguments around the value and perceptions of linguistic usages may not necessarily be involved with linguistic features but relate to who defines what is authoritative usage and the material conditions and social positions which these people have.

The workshop will also be followed by a one day event (26thJune) focussing on the topic of the workshop but exclusively within a Lusophone context (see the webpage of this satellite workshop here). The event seeks to critically analyse the current language policies in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor and  Mozambique and their social, economic and developmental consequences. These countries employ a standard written form in education and governance which is not native to the majority of speakers. There will be talks which analyse language policies from a socio-linguistic, historical, political, sociological and educational perspective. Participants are welcome to attend both events but note that the majority of talks on 26thJune will be in Portuguese. Note that Dr. Alexandre Timbane (Universidade de Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira, Malês) and Dr. Márcio Edu da Silva Undolo (Escola Superior Pedagógica do Bengo, Angola) are invited academics to this workshop but they will be delivering their papers on the 26th in Portuguese. For the programme for this day see here

The full programme of the workshop, including abstracts of some talks can be found here If you would like to attend the workshop please can you register  here in advance of the workshop so we have an idea of numbers. If you have questions please e-mail 

Workshop Venue –  Jessop Building (room 117), 34 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD

Registration – Jessop West foyer (image below) 1 Upper Hanover Street (S3 7RA)

Jessops West

Jessop West is just over the road from the University tram stop and is in walking distance of the centre. If walking from the centre it is best to follow the tram lines directly to Jessop West. From the railway station you can catch a tram in the direction of Malin Bridge (blue) or Middlewood (yellow)



REGISTRATION in Jessop West with coffee


Language, Prejudice, Social Exclusion and Development



Why is Language Diversity Important? Insights from Cognitive Science.

Meesha A Warmington

(University of Sheffield)


Critical Reflections on the Role of the Sociolinguist in Educational Debates

Julia Snell

(University of Leeds)




The influence of subjective accent preferences on access to elite professions in the UK: Methodological considerations and broader implications

Dominic Watt

(University of York)


Language and citizenship in post-colonial Mozambique: The persisting colonial matrix of power relations

Feliciano Salvador Chimbutane

(Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique)


Conflict and language choice in Northern Ghana: implications for development communication

Paul Kerswill

  (University of York)




“Português, tétum ou tetuguês?”: heteroglossic repertoires, language hierarchies and social distinction in Timor-Leste

Alan Carneiro

(Universidade Federal de São Paulo)

17.15 -18.00

Circulating ideas of southern urbanism: notes for a research agenda in the Lusophone countries

Gabriel Silvestre

(University of Sheffield)

18.00 -19.00

Wine Reception in Jessop West





Linguistic hierarchies and translation policies of language and law in the EU

Javier Moreno-Rivero

(University of Cambridge)


Microaggressions against minority group speakers in housing interactions

Nicole Baumgarten

(University of Sheffield)


Ideologies of linguistic authority in the Galician education system: a case study of Cape Verdean students in Burela

Nicola Bermingham

(University of Liverpool)


 Rethinking and unthinking language variation and literacy: lessons from Grimm & Co

Jane Hodson

(University of Sheffield)


LUNCH in Jessop West


Language ideologies and inequalities in the history of language learning and teaching: what the past can teach us about the present

Nicola McLelland

 (University of Nottingham)


Written Culture and Linguistic Authority: what counts as ‘error’ from a Brazilian newspaper perspective

Gilcinei Carvalho

(Univesidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)


Language Prejudice and Historical Linguistics

Paul O’Neill

(University of Sheffield)


TBC/Round table discussion with Dr. Alexandre Timbane (Universidade de Integração Internacional da Lusofonia Afro-Brasileira, Malês) and Dr. Márcio Edu da Silva Undolo (Escola Superior Pedagógica do Bengo, Angola)