Edited volume on the (socio)linguistic aspects of reggaeton

CALL FOR PAPERS: Edited volume on the (socio)linguistic aspects of reggaeton

The consumption of Latin music in the American market is at an all-time high. Reggaeton, in particular, is a growing empire in the United States and, according to Rolling Stone magazine, a genre in which Latin pop’s gains are heavily concentrated. The frequent appearance of reggaeton hits in prestigious music charts like the Billboard Hot 100, and the dominance of the genre in platforms like Spotify and YouTube confirm its global popularity. Although two published volumes already focus on the genre, Rivera et al.’s “Reggaeton” (2009) and Rivera-Rideau’s “Remixing Reggaetón” (2015) analyze its relationship to the debates of broader topics like race, nation, gender, and sexuality from a variety of disciplines (e.g., sociology, ethnomusicology, journalism, and cultural studies). The volume proposed here will focus on aspects strictly examined through the lens of linguistic subdisciplines.

You are invited to submit an abstract of a paper for an edited volume tentatively titled Puerto Rican Spanish & Reggaeton: (Socio)linguistic Aspects. This project welcomes submissions on any discipline of linguistic analysis, and especially encourages original studies about any of these particular topics (or a combination of them):

(1) the frequency of use and covert prestige of Puerto Rican Spanish dialectal variants in reggaeton compared to other musical genres;
(2) the linguistic creation of a performative persona by Puerto Rican reggaeton singers;
(3) the projection of a performance identity by “reggaetoneros” from other Latin American countries, based on dialect leveling to that of top Puerto Rican reggaeton artists;
(4) the adoption of dialectal features of Puerto Rican Spanish by Latin American reggaeton fans;
(5) the attitudes towards Puerto Rican Spanish as directly associated to attitudes towards reggaeton;
(6) the lexical repertoire popularized by Puerto Rican reggaeton songs as well as the use of lexical borrowings from English;
(7) codeswitching instances in Puerto Rican reggaeton lyrics and codeswitching techniques in live performances;
( the rise in popularity of Colombian singers in a domain once exclusively dominated by Puerto Rican “reggaetoneros” and its implications associated to the ideologies that Colombian Spanish is the most prestigious Latin American variety of the language while Puerto Rican Spanish is a highly-stigmatized variety;
(9) the presence of Puerto Rican reggaeton in the linguistic landscape of US cities and metropolitan areas; and
(10) language and gender / (non-)inclusive language in Puerto Rican reggaeton songs.

To be considered for inclusion in this volume, all interested colleagues should submit an abstract of their original, unpublished manuscripts in both PDF file and Word to  by August 15, 2021. Questions can also be sent to this email address.

The editor will employ the double-blind peer review process for the papers. Both the author and the reviewer will remain anonymous throughout the review process. As the proposal will be submitted for consideration to Vernon Press, abstracts (and chapter manuscripts) may be in either English or Spanish.

Challenging Borders: From/Between Borders

Petición de contribuciones (evento): Challenging Borders: From/Between Borders
Berna (Suiza), del 11 al 13 de noviembre de 2021
(1ª circular)

El congreso incluye los siguientes ejes temáticos:

  • Representación de las prácticas lingüísticas y sociodiscursivas en espacios de frontera desde una perspectiva sociolingüistíca, de la lingüística antropológica y del análisis del discurso.
  • Las fronteras como metáfora de integración y diferenciación étnica, cultural, sociopolítica, generacional, de género y sexo, de clase y en su representación medial.
Más información para el envío de propuestas en la página web.
Área temática: Análisis del discurso, Antropología lingüística, Sociolingüística

Sociolingüística y Léxico: problemáticas, perspectivas y aplicaciones

Sociolingüística y Léxico: problemáticas, perspectivas y aplicaciones
Seminario de Posgrado coordinado por las carreras de Doctorado en Letras de la Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA).
Modalidad: El Seminario se desarrollará bajo la modalidad sincrónica ONLINE, utilizando un Aula Virtual de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UCA.
Descripción: Este seminario se propone como un espacio de reflexión amplio y, por tanto, panorámico, sobre algunas de las relaciones entre léxico y sociedad desde la perspectiva teórica de la sociolingüística. Después de una revisión somera de los antecedentes más inmediatos, el recorrido propuesto en este programa parte de una reflexión teórica en torno a las categorías de variación, central en sociolingüística, y, en particular, de variación léxica, para discutir, al mismo tiempo, las posibilidades metodológicas en su estudio.
Responsable: Dra. De- Matteis, Lorena M.A (Universidad Nacional del Sur – CONICET) con la colaboración de Osés Pallarés, Ma. Antonia.
Cronograma: 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16 de junio de 16 a 21 hs.
Seminario acreditable a las carreras de Doctorado (se acreditarán 30 hs.).
Para consultas e inscripciones comunicarse con:
Posgrado Facultad de Filosofía y Letras UCA: 
Link de inscripción aquí.

I Jornadas de Sociolingüística

Compartimos la primera circular de las I Jornadas de Sociolingüística que se realizarán del 1 al 3 de diciembre de 2021 en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de  la UBA y la Escuela de Humanidades de la UNSAM.
Para inscribirte como asistente o expositor, completá el formulario

Phd Position in the Group ‘Language Evolution and Adaptation in Diverse Situations’

We are looking for a full-time PhD candidate to join the newly founded Minerva Group ‘Language Evolution and Adaptation in Diverse Situations’ (LEADS), led by Dr. Limor Raviv, at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. The ‘Language Evolution and Adaptation in Diverse Situations’ (LEADS) group is embedded in the Language & Genetics department of the MPI for Psycholinguistics.

Doctoral supervisor: dr. Limor Raviv
(Co-)Promotors: prof. dr. Simon Kirby & prof. dr. Simon Fisher

Job description

The 4-year PhD project will combine experimental and computational methods to investigate the role of age and gender diversity in shaping language innovation and change. Specifically, you will investigate whether different linguistic tendencies are associated with speakers of different gender and age who are situated in diverse communities, and whether women and adolescents really lead the process of language change from the initial stages of language emergence. These questions will be addressed using two complementary methods: 1. Group communication games, in which mini-societies of interacting participants come to the lab and create new artificial languages to communicate with each other; And 2. Computational models, in which populations of simulated hierarchical Bayesian agents interact with each other over generations.

  • The position is available from September 2021, though later starts in 2021 are possible.

What we expect from you

  • Candidates should have, or shortly expect to obtain, a high-quality (Research) Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field (e.g., linguistics, sociolinguistics, cognitive science, experimental/computational psychology, artificial intelligence, computer science).
  • Experience in data analysis/statistical analysis/programming in R and/or Python.
  • An interest in empirical research.
  • An interest in computational modeling.
  • An interest in language evolution, sociolinguistics, language learning and/or communication.

Desirable (traits that would give you an advantage)

  • Experience in language evolution, sociolinguistics, language learning and/or other related fields.
  • Experience in empirical research (e.g., experimental design, recruitment, participant testing, quantitative data analysis, report writing).
  • Experience in computational modelling (e.g., agent-based models, cognitive learning models).
  • Experience in programming with the experiment software Presentation/PsychPy.
  • Existing publications and conference presentation experience.

What we have to offer

The PhD position is fully funded for 4 years (starting gross salary is € 2.673,71 per month). The institute provides fully equipped research facilities, technical support, as well as a conference and travel budget. PhD students participate in the International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, which involves core and individually chosen coursework to complement the PhD research and training in soft skills such as writing and presentation. You are entitled to 30 holiday days per year (on the basis of fulltime employment), as well as Dutch and German institute holidays.

Work environment / employer

The MPI for Psycholinguistics conducts interdisciplinary research into the psychological, social and biological foundations of language. Scientists at the Institute study a variety of topics including how children and adults acquire language, the role of genetic factors, how speaking and listening happen in real time, how the brain processes language for communication, and how language connects to cognition and culture. The Institute’s approach to the science of language and communication is unique, addressing these fundamental issues at multiple levels, from molecules and cells to circuits and brains, all the way through to the behaviour of individuals and populations.

We are situated on the campus of the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and have close collaborative links with the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour and the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University. Staff and students at the MPI have access to state-of-the art research facilities (including audio-visual equipment, EEG, fMRI, eye tracking, virtual reality labs, molecular biology labs, and a child development lab).

The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society, an independent non-governmental association of German-funded research institutes dedicated to fundamental research in the natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

The MPI for Psycholinguistics recognizes the positive value of diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We are committed to redressing systemic problems with diversity in science, and therefore welcome applications from individuals from minority groups and from groups that are otherwise underrepresented.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  1. One-page statement of why you are interested in this post, why you consider yourself
    a good match for the post, your qualifications, and what your research interests are
  2. One-page summary of your MA/MSc dissertation.
  3. CV including publication list.
  4. Names and email addresses of at least three referees who would be willing to provide letters of recommendation (upon request).
  5. Details of your availability for interview via Zoom between May 27th and June 10th 2021.

The deadline for applications is May 17th, 2021.

Please apply here

For questions and informal enquiries, contact Dr. Limor Raviv (limor.raviv@mpi.nl).

Research Assistant, School of Languages and Applied Linguistics

Unit :  Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Location:  Home Based
Please quote reference :  E1098
Consultancy terms – Total fee for contract = £46,524.00 (300 days across 3 years: please see job description for more details)
Closing Date :  29 March, 2021 – 12:00


Location – Candidates must have the right to work in the UK and carry out all work in the UK.

Change your career, change lives

The Open University is the UK’s largest university, a world leader in flexible part-time education combining a mission to widen access to higher education with research excellence, transforming lives through education.

The role

This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated and experienced researcher to support the organisation of research activities within the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Skills and experience

  • PhD in a relevant field of Linguistics, preferably in interactional pragmatics, (interactional) sociolinguistics, conversation analysis or interactional linguistics.
  • Excellent competence in English and Spanish.
  • Evidence of highly effective organisational skills both in terms of data management and time management relating to managing workload.
  • Proven ability in the use of a range of data related skills e.g. transcribing interactions, preliminary qualitative analysis of data and data management.
  • Evidence of organising events

Más información aquí.


45th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC 45)

PhD position in pragmatics and psycho-/sociolinguistics

PhD position in pragmatics and psycho-/sociolinguistics
3-year PhD position in pragmatics and psycho-/sociolinguistics, starting January 2021

The Humboldt University of Berlin invites applications for 1 PhD position (Reference number: DR/143/20) to be filled on a fixed-term basis of 3 years (01.01.2021-31.12.2023) in the research group of Prof. Dr. Mingya Liu at the Department of English and American Studies.

Job Description: The candidate is to participate in the research activities within the DFG-funded research project “Pragmatic Functions and Effects of Register Variation and Switch: a Register approach to negation and polarity” (RATNAP). Responsibilities include particularly the investigation of negation and polarity items, and the publication of the results.

–   The RATNAP project: The construction of social meanings is dependent on the grammatical properties of linguistic expressions and the functional-situational properties where they are used. However, the nature of this dependence is far from clear, and to acquire a better understanding of it, we need to combine the study of register and grammar. Negation and polarity phenomena have received treatments in both formal linguistic and sociolinguistic research. However, these two strands of research have been conducted without closer interactions in the past. In this project, we will study three sets of related phenomena in varieties of English: negative concord, pleonastic negation, and register-sensitive use of negative polarity items (NPIs). A register approach to these phenomena will help us understand the pragmatic functions and effects of register variation, and their interaction with linguistic alternatives with form or meaning distinctions. With a combination of theoretical, corpus, and experimental linguistic methods, the project aims to 1) define the linguistic variables and their contexts related to register-sensitive variation of negation and polarity expressions using theoretical and corpus linguistic methods, 2) form hypotheses on the pragmatic functions and effects of register variation and test them through experimental methods as well as, 3) interpret and model the results in the face of current theories of register.

–   The candidate is expected to pursue a PhD in linguistics.
–   The RATNAP is one of the participating projects in the Collaborative Research Center CRC1412 (in German, SFB) ‘Register: Language Users’ Knowledge of Situational-Functional Variation’ at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics (ZAS). The CRC has an Integrated Graduate School serving, among others, the Ph.D. students and early career postdocs in the CRC.
–   The position will be part-time (65%); salary and social benefits are determined by the German public service pay scale (E13 TV-L).

Requirements: Applicants should have completed an excellent academic degree (Master/Diploma) in linguistics, cognitive science, psychology or related fields by the planned start date of 01.01.2021. PhD holders are not eligible for this position.
–   Knowledge of formal semantic- and pragmatic theories, and experience with sociolinguistic or psycholinguistic methods (experimental design, data analysis) is mandatory, as well as an excellent command of English.
–   The candidate should have skills of taking initiative, collaboration and time management.
–   Knowledge of a variety of English (e.g. Black English, Hong Kong English, etc.) or experience with corpus-linguistic methods is not required, but a plus.

Application Deadline: September 2, 2020

Please send your application with the following documents by e-mail (using the subject line: DR/143/20: your full name) in one single PDF-file to mingya.liu@hu-berlin.de: 1) motivation letter, 2) CV, 3) certificates, 4) names of 2 references.

HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply. Since we will not return your documents, please submit copies in the application only.
Further information can be obtained from Mingya Liu (mingya.liu@hu-berlin.de). Please visit our website which gives you access to the legally binding German version.