Lecture by Dr. Dennis R. Preston
"25 Years of Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching and Learning: What's Happened?"
Schedule: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time: 18:30 - 20:10 (Doors open at 18:00)
Venue: Arcadia Ichigaya, Ibuki Hall (6th floor)
4-2-25, Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Free. No registration required.
Moderator: Ellen P. Motohashi (Dokkyo University)
18:00 開場（予約不要・入場無料）Doors open
18:30 開会の挨拶 Greetings
18:40 デニス・プレストン教授による講演 Lecture by Dr. Preston
Q & A, Discussion (Moderator: Ellen P. Motohashi, Dokkyo University)
20:10 閉会 Closing
Although there were pioneering examples in the 1970s, a surge of activity in variationist linguistics and second language acquisition (SLA) arose in the 1980’s and 1990’s. By 1994 variation in emerging grammars had already been incorporated into mainstream SLA, and variation is now represented in any comprehensive outline of the field, but the most recent book-length treatment of the topic appeared in 2009.
In this talk I will reconsider the principal concerns of variationism and show how they still have relevance to SLA and, therefore, to pedagogy. My main focus will be on the developing linguistic competences (or “interlanguage states”) of the learner. In doing so, I will examine those developing competences in terms of the systematic variability that arises from input, transfer, universal linguistic factors, and sociocultural norms and the interaction among all of these factors.
In conclusion, I will show that a variationist account of development in a second language is a logical necessity, stated simply as “no variation, no progress.” I will also try to show how this conclusion is compatible with several different approaches to linguistic theory and may be employed as both diagnostic and explanatory devices in SLA and its related pedagogical challenges.
About Dr. Preston
Dennis R. Preston is Regents Professor of Linguistics, Director of RODEO (Research on the Dialects of English in Oklahoma), and Co-Director of the Center for Oklahoma Studies, all at Oklahoma State University and University Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University. He has been a visiting professor at numerous US and overseas institutions and was Director of the 2003 Linguistic Society of America Institute. He was President of the American Dialect Society and has served on the Executive Boards of that society and many others. His work focuses on sociolinguistics and dialectology, and he has directed four recent NSF grants, two in folk linguistics and two in language variation and change. His most recent book-length publications are, with James Stanford, Variation in indigenous languages (2009); with Nancy Niedzielski, A reader in sociophonetics (2010), and with Alexei Prikhodkine, Language attitudes: Variation, processes, & outcomes (2015). He is a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and holds the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic.