Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence
An international colloquium on meaning and human expression, 22nd–24th May 2013, Helsinki, Finland
originated as a term in linguistics for contextual variation in
language, or language as it is used in a particular communicative
situation. This term and concept has become important for addressing
communication through practice in several intersecting disciplines, such
as folkloristics, linguistics and linguistic anthropology, being used
with varying fields of inclusion and exclusion, ranging from the purely
verbal level of communication to all features which have the capacity to
signify (props, gestures, etc.). The Helsinki Register colloquia have
been organized to bring together representatives of diverse perspectives
in order to open cross-disciplinary discussion of the term and concept
Register II sets out to explore interfaces of social,
societal and semiotic processes that a) give rise to registers as
meaningful constellations of communicative features; b) affect existing
registers and their constituent features; and c) lead registers to
become obsolete for certain functions or to drop out of use. We invite
presentations on both synchronically oriented research and on long-term
historical perspectives; on rapidly developing or short-lived registers
(e.g. school-yard slang, ‘facebookese’) as well as on registers
characterized by social stability and slow-changing structures (e.g.
‘Biblical’ language, oral epic singing). We hope that diverse
presentations from different disciplinary perspectives on the life of
registers as social practice will prove reciprocally informative and
produce new insights and understandings.
Douglas Biber, Regents’ Professor of Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University, USA
Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Professor
of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Ruqaiya Hasan, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia
Timo Kaartinen, Adjunct Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lars Boje Mortensen, Professor of Cultural History of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
you would like to take part in this event by presenting a paper, please
send an abstracts of no more than 500 words to Ulla Savolainen
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 6, 2013.
presentations should be twenty minutes in length allowing ten minutes
for discussion and accessible to participants from other fields for
cross-disciplinary discussion. If you would like to participate without
presenting a paper, please let us know by March 15th, and also whether
you would be interested in moderating a session. A participation fee of
50€ covers lunches and receptions.
Folklore Studies of the University of Helsinki <http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/English/index_eng.htm>
Finnish Literature Society: The research project Oral and Literary Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region: http://www.finlit.fi/english/research/baltic_sea.htm.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/register/ or http://www.finlit.fi/english/research/baltic_sea.htm.