On the Interdependence of Sociology and Linguistics

26 Mar 2021 04.00 PM - 05.30 PM Alumni, Current Students, Public


Prof K K Luke
Chair—School of Social Sciences, NTU Singapore

Date26 March 2021 (Friday)
Time4pm – 5:30pm

Meeting ID: 593 535 7050
Passcode: 981107

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Linguist William Labov famously equated sociolinguistics with linguistics, on the grounds that the prefix ‘socio-‘ is superfluous as there is no serious alternative to the systematic study of language other than as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Sociologist Harold Garfinkel, on the other hand, sought to build sociology on the foundation of language. Through Harvey Sacks and Emanuel Schegloff’s ground breaking work we now know that talk and social interaction are inextricably intertwined, and that the place where ‘language’ and ‘society’ meet is where meanings are dialogically construction in a moment-by-moment fashion.

Photo: Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash