PhD course on multilingual practices

Maanantai, marraskuu 6, 2017 - Keskiviikko, marraskuu 8, 2017

The University of Oulu research network of Social Interaction and Involvement (SIIN) and Langnet group Language Discourses and Conversation in Multilingual Contexts (Kielidiskurssit ja keskustelut monikielisissä konteksteissa) invites doctoral students in linguistics to a course on

Multilingual practices and social involvement

Oulu, 6. - 8. November 2017

Hotel Lasaretti, Rossi Cabinet (Kasarmintie 13 B)

Usage-based approaches to multilingualism are an ever growing field of study among linguists around the world. Among the questions addressed in the course are:

  • What is the relation between multilingual practices and language change
  • How do multilingual practices manifest themselves in language use
  • How does people’s multilingual language use reflect their thinking
  • How can different linguistic frameworks such as cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics benefit from the study of multilingual practices

The course is taught by Ad Backus (University of Tilburg), Johanna Vaattovaara (University of Tampere) and Anna Verschik (University of Tallinn).

Participants can hold a 10 minute presentation of their work, book a consultation with one of the teachers, and/or receive feedback on a paper they’re preparing. When registering, please indicate which form of participation you prefer. We will also need to know if you will be attending on all three days or not.

The course accommodates 20 participants. Please register for the course on Sunday 15 October 2017 at the latest. The participants will be notified of acceptance by 20 October 2017.

Registration (Click here to register)

The course is funded by the University of Oulu Human Sciences Doctoral Program, and it is free of charge.

You can receive 2 ECTS upon completing the course (attendance, readings, and a presentation or consultation with an advisor is required).

Program (tentative)

Monday 6 November 2017

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Wednesday 8 November 2017

8.30 - 10.00 (Consultations)

8.00 - 9.30 (Consultations)

8.00 - 9.30 (Consultations)

10.15 Opening

10.30 - 11.30 Johanna Vaattovaara: Ideological construct of ‘Helsinki s’ as a case in multilingual society:  the emergence and growth of an indexical value over a hundred years

9.30 - 10.30 Ad Backus: Language contact phenomena

10.30 - 11.30 Student presentations

9.30 - 10.30 Ad Backus: Some empirical recent usage-based studies

10.30 - 11.30 Anna Verschik: Some examples of language contacts in the Baltic countries

11.30 - 12.30 Lunch

11.30 - 12.30 Lunch

11.30 - 12.30 Lunch

12.30 - 14.30 Johanna Vaattovaara: Revisiting the case – some theoretical and methodological considerations in the study of language ideologies (Workshop)

12.30 - 13.30 Ad Backus: Structural versus usage-based accounts

13.30 - 14.30 Anna Verschik: Language contacts and metalinguistic awareness.

12.30 - 13.30 Ad Backus: Linguistics and beyond

13.30 - 14.30 Student presentations


14.30 - 15.00 Coffee

14.30 - 15.00 Coffee

14.30 - 15.00 Coffee

15.00 - 17.00 Student presentations / Consultations

15.00 - 17.00 Student presentations / Consultations

15.00 - 15.30 Closing discussion

15.30 - 17.00 (Consultations)


Evening program


Lunch and coffee are included in the program.

Organizing committee

Mai Frick

Niina Kunnas

Liisa-Maria Lehto

Heidi Niemelä

Venue and accommodation

Hotel Lasaretti is situated in the center of Oulu. If you wish to book a room with a discount, please mention “Multilingual Practices” and book before 7 October. The discount price 110 € (single) / 125 € (double) includes breakfast, and morning/evening sauna, swimming and gym. Other accommodation options can be found, e.g., via or

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Tapahtuman sijainti

Hotel Lasaretti, Rossi Cabinet

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Kasarmintie 13 B

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