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Publication | Special Issue of Language & Communication

The sociolinguistics of exclusion – Indexing (non)belonging in mobile communities

This is special issue of the journal Language & Communication. The papers of this issue delve into the multifaceted realm of (non)belonging.

Edited by Cornelia F. Bock, Florian Busch and Naomi Truan
23 November 2023
Science Direct

Social exclusion is a communicative phenomenon that we can observe at different social scales—from everyday interaction to (inter)national policy making. The papers investigate the semiotic practices through which exclusionary dynamics shape mobile communities. All the papers share the hope of suggesting new ways of achieving social inclusion through a better understanding of exclusion.

The special issue on ‘The sociolinguistics of exclusion: Indexing (non)belonging in mobile communities’ delves into the phenomenon of exclusion as a means and outcome of social positioning within diverse communities undergoing continual transformation due to social, demographic, political, and technological changes. Through empirical studies that critically engage with exclusionary discourse practices, this issue analyzes the semiotic means that social actors employ to presuppose and/or entail exclusion. Additionally, it explores the underlying ideological assumptions on which these choices are perceived, rationalized, justified, and/or contested as exclusionary.

About the journal

This journal is unique in that it provides a forum devoted to the interdisciplinary study of language and communication. The investigation of language and its communicational functions is treated as a concern shared in common by those working in applied linguistics, child development, cultural studies, discourse analysis, intellectual history, legal studies, language evolution, linguistic anthropology, linguistics, philosophy, the politics of language, pragmatics, psychology, rhetoric, semiotics, and sociolinguistics.

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