Transient Multilingual Communities – University of Copenhagen


  • Janus Mortensen (with Martha S. Karrebæk, Marie Maegaard & Janus S. Møller). Sociolinguistic change in the (post)national era. Centre for the study of Nationalism roundtable, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 25 October 2019. 
  • Kamilla Kraft. Multilingualism on construction sites (preliminary title). Higher Seminar series, Centre for Research on Bilingualism, University of Stockholm, Sweden, 15 October, 2019.
  • Kamilla Kraft. A TMC speaking Tunnel Esperanto (preliminary title). Workshop: Multilingual communication in informal/unskilled work settings, University of Stockholm, Sweden, August 28–29, 2019.
  • Spencer Hazel (with Adam Brandt). Discovering instructed action in choreographic work. 2019 Conference of the International Institute for Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (IIEMCA), Mannheim, Germany, 2–5 July, 2019.
  • Janus Mortensen (with Hartmut Haberland). Pragmatics and the super-new-big. Panel organised as part of The 16th International Pragmatics Conference, Hong Kong PolyU, Hong Kong, 9–14 June, 2019. 
  • Spencer Hazel. When language is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Interaction Competences and Practices in Second Language (ICOP-L2), Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden 29–31 May, 2019.
  • Dorte Lønsmann (with Marta Kirilova). Ideologier om sprogbrug og sproglæring i danske arbejdspladskontekster. NordAnd 14 . University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 28 May, 2019. 
  • Spencer Hazel. Collaborating on Choreography - Workshops on Theatre Rehearsals - Aesthetic concepts in interaction. Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim, Germany, 23–24 May, 2019.
  • Katherine Kappa. Writing a development project: At the intersection of situated encounters and institutional structures
    MULTIPLES research group, Ghent University, Belgium, 7 May, 2019
  • Round table on Norms and the study of language in social life. Copenhagen, Denmark, 1–2 March, 2019. Organised by Janus Mortensen and Kamilla Kraft.



This special issue ('Transience: Emerging norms on language use') explores the concept of transience and how it foregrounds the temporality of norm formation, located within the practices of people on the move. Transience, in spite of being ubiquitous, is not always salient for members or analysts, but to identify, fixate and theorize it as an object of study invites new ways of conceptualizing the interdependence of language and social structure.

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