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The theme of this conference, “Language and Religion,” draws on the universal notion of a bond between speech and worship. This bond fosters group identity and determines social roles. To the degree that language and religion shapes self-identification as the basis for determining one’s membership in the social group, it likewise establishes perspectives on those considered as outsiders. One of the most significant indicators of this emic-etic distinction involves the use of language appropriate to insiders that reveals who is a member and who is not, such as in the classic example of the shibboleth.
Areas of interest to the conference theme include, but are not limited to, scholarly studies of liturgical language and speech acts, religious diglossia, calques and traductology in sacred texts, religion as political language, etc.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: St. John’s University, New York City (NY, USA)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Annika Wend ; Walter Petrovitz ; Kathleen O'Connor-Bater
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