Rather than seeing it as a limitation, we are using the virtual setting to try out new formats and have therefore included chaired discussions on Slack on a range of current issues regarding the languages of Scotland and Ulster. These discussions will be initiated asynchronously on Slack one week ahead of FRLSU 2021 and then be continued synchronously during the conference in a 60-minute dedicated Zoom slot. We are delighted that four leading scholars in the FRLSU community will chair the discussions on the following topics:
- ‘Gaelic sociolinguistics and language policy’ (Wilson McLeod, Edinburgh) [more information]
- ‘Disconnect: tracing (morphosyntactic) change in seventeenth and early eighteenth century Scots’ (Robert McColl Millar, Aberdeen) [more information]
- ‘How to approach pre-modern multilingualism in Scotland?’ (Joanna Kopaczyk, Glasgow) [more information]
- ‘21st century Scots: what is it, and where is it going?’ (Jennifer Smith, Glasgow) [more information]
The discussions will be launched on Slack (www.slack.com) on 20 October 2021 and anyone can contribute. The only prerequisite is that contributors register for the conference in order to receive the access data for our FRLSU 2021 Slack workspace.
We have put together a short introduction to Slack to help you familiarise yourselves with this tool.