Conference dates: 22-24 August 2024, Tallinn University, Estonia
Narva mnt 29, Tallinn 10120


Language is commonly used towards creating or reflecting inequalities of all sorts and at many levels. In interpersonal discourse, subtle prosodic and lexical choices can be denigratory and divisive. Silences can also be employed towards this end, and so can body language and eye movement. In conflict, including war, language choices are made towards manipulation, othering, and negative propaganda. Globalising Sociolinguistics 3 (GloSoc3) calls out to scholars to join us in discussing this theme in a broad sense. Participants are asked to demonstrate the detrimental workings of subtle language choices, both conscious and less conscious, leading to inequalities. Preference is given to research based on empirical data.

Conference Programme

Book of Abstracts


Information on accommodation

  • Reem Bassiouney, Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Linguistics, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Lesley Milroy, Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan, USA, and former professor nd researcher at the University of York, the University of Manchester, and the University of Newcastle, UK
  • Yaron Matras, Honorary Professor at Aston University or Forensic Linguistics (Birmingham, UK)
  1. Language attitudes and stereotypes
  2. Sex, gender and power relations
  3. Language(s) in education
  4. Language policies and minority languages speakers
  5. Online communication
  6. Different speech genres
  7. Language(s) in healthcare
  8. Linguistic landscape
  9. Sociolinguistic analysis of literary texts
  10. Media studies and political discourse

Early Bird (before 15 March 2024): 80 euro (researchers) or 50 euro (MA/PhD students)
Late registration (after 15 March 2024): 130 euro (researchers) or 80 euro (MA/PhD students)

  • Kapitolina Fedorova, Tallinn University
  • Dick Smakman, Leiden University
  • Anna Verschik, Tallinn University 
  • Reili Argus, Tallinn University

Selected papers will be published in a volume entitled “The Sociolinguistics of Inequalities”, which will be edited by the organisers and offered to Routledge as a follow-up of four earlier volumes on the theme of Globalising Sociolinguistics: