Seminar Series: Politics in Performance and Language

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Sara Dybris McQuaid - Arrangør

Anna Bothe Jespersen - Taler

Isabelle Torrance - Taler

What Your Dialect Says about You: Language Change and Politics in Belfast
Speaker: Anna Bothe Jespersen, Department of English AU

A person’s voice contains cues to their social identity. From a short conversation, we as listeners may recognise dialectal traits from the speaker’s home area, vocal habits associated with their social groups, and physiological cues to their age, sex and health. In this talk I draw on this fact to argue that if we know what to look for, a Belfast English speaker’s choice of dialect features can provide listeners with strong evidence for their political background. I will argue that the ways in which younger Belfast speakers use such features is rapidly changing from the speech habits of older generations, but not in a way where sectarian divisions are becoming less clear-cut. As part of this discussion, I will consider a small number of my recorded speakers who do not conform to the general patterns and discuss their social motivations for such linguistic misbehaviour.

Prometheus and the IRA in the late 1980’s
Speaker: Isabelle Torrance, AIAS

This paper argues that Tom Paulin’s play Seize the Fire, an adaptation of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound, produced in a film version by the BBC in 1989, should be read in the context of political tensions between Britain and Ireland in the late 1980s, specifically the controversy surrounding the deaths of three IRA members on the Rock of Gibraltar in 1988. The disconnect between the published version of the play and the film version, this paper suggests, hints towards efforts at disguising the political content of the original script.
10 okt. 2018

Seminar

SeminarSeminar Series: Politics in Performance and Language
AfholdelsesstedAarhus University, Nobelparken
LandDanmark
ByAarhus
Periode10/10/201810/10/2018
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  • Autumn Seminar Series

    Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed - typerDeltagelse i eller organisering af workshop, seminar eller kursus

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