Sociolinguistics Symposium 21
Welcome Reception (15th June, 21:00)
All registered conference participants are most welcome to a cocktail reception on Wednesday evening after the first day sessions (Campus square). The reception is included in the conference registration fee, but we need to know how many delegates intend to join this event. You are thus kindly requested to register for the event through the online registration form when registering for the conference.
Coffe Breaks and Lunch
Coffee breaks will be provided on Campus, between the Facultad de Letras and Aulario buildings. The catering for the conference lunch breaks will be provided in Hotel 7 Coronas (12 minutes walking distance from Campus).
Excursion: City Walk (16th June, 20:00)
Murcia City is the capital of the Region with about 650,000 inhabitants, the 6th largest city in Spain; it is a university city that is also monumental and artistic, enabling you to find architectural jewels of great beauty. The cathedral is a blend of architectural styles ranging from Castilian Gothic and Renaissance to Baroque and Neoclassical influences, and its main façade (1736-1754) is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style. There are also a number of baroque and modernist buildings. The Casino is a blend of neobaroque, modernist and neoclassical styles.
In addition to its monumental and artistic interest, food and drink (Murcian specialities) as well as nightlife, leisure and shopping are also part of its main attractions (click here to obtain futher touristic information brochures).
The City Walk is included in the conference registration fee, but we need to know how many delegates intend to join this event. You are thus kindly requested to register for the event through the online registration form when registering for the conference. More details soon.
The Conference Dinner will take place on Friday, June 17th, in Restaurante Rincón Huertano de Murcia, a typical restaurant with local Murcian food and atmosphere, in the heart of lemon and orange groves. The Conference Dinner is NOT included in the conference registration fee. The fee for this event is 50€, which includes everything (food, softdrinks, wine, beer, transportation, etc.).
Optional Excursions to Cartagena, Lorca or Caravaca (18th June)
These excursions are NOT included in the conference registration fee. For further details visit our Conference Travel Agency (Viajes El Corte Inglés) link (click here).
The Autonomous Region of Murcia is a single-province region located in the south-east of Spain, lying between the regions of Valencia, Castile-La Mancha, Andalusia and the Mediterranean. There is also a first class gastronomic culture, touristic tradition, and production of wine.
This southeastern region has historically been a transition area where many different cultures and civilizations have met (Iberians, Carthaginians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths, Muslims, Jews, Castilians, Aragonese, Catalans and Genovese, and now Germans and Brits, mainly). Dialectologically speaking, this has meant an area of dialects in contact, in such a way that the Spanish spoken in Murcia is a transition variety that shares features with Valencian Catalan, Castilian, Aragonese and Andalusian Spanish.
Once you are in Murcia, if you are interested in exploring the Region, Cartagena, for example, is the second largest city and a major naval station by the Mediterranean coast. Cartagena has been inhabited for over two millennia, being founded around 227 BC by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal the Fair. The city lived its heyday during the Roman Empire, when it was known as Carthago Nova (the New Carthage) and Carthago Spartaria, capital of the province of Carthaginensis. Much of the historical weight of Cartagena in the past goes to its coveted defensive port, one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. Situated at the hub of the principal Mediterranean commercial and passenger sea routes, Cartagena is now established as a major cruiser destination in the Mediterranean and an emerging cultural focus.
The sunshine tourism is an important offer of the Region, with its coastal areas. The greatest natural lake of Spain can be found in the region: the Mar Menor salt water lagoon, adjacent to the Mediterranean Sea. Its special ecological and natural characteristics make the Mar Menor a unique natural place and the largest saltwater lake in Europe.
The town of Lorca, with its medieval fortress and its Renaissance buildings, is also a special attraction. In the Middle Ages Lorca was the frontier town between Christian and Muslim Spain. Even earlier to that, during the Roman period, it was ancient Ilura or Heliocroca of the Romans.
Caravaca de la Cruz is a beautiful town in the northwest of Murcia, in the mountains (Highlands), which is home to monuments and museums, with its medieval Knights Templar's towers and the Renaissance buildings, many of which are important tourist attractions. It is the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity. Towering above the town is the medieval Castle of Santa Cruz, which is said to contain a piece of the miraculous True Cross, which is said to have a healing power.
The Sociolinguistics of Murcian Spanish
Murcia is traditionally characterised as a predominantly non-standard speaking region in Spain, constituting a paradigmatic case of covert prestige. Like Andalusian Spanish, it can best be considered as a southward extension of varieties originating in the central-north areas of the Iberian Peninsula. The Murcian variety is originally a transition regional dialect that shares features with Valencian Catalan, Castilian, Aragonese and Andalusian Spanish. But this vernacular variety is undergoing a process of attrition under the preassure of the standard prestige Castilian Spanish dialect. Further information on Murcian Spanish in:
- Abad-Merino, Mercedes. (2004). Apuntes históricos y nuevas perspectivas en torno al seseo de Cartagena. Las Ordenanzas de 1738. Tonos Digital 8: 167-183.
- Gómez-Ortín, Francisco. (2004). El dialecto murciano y sus variedades. Tonos Digital 8: 7-26.
- Grandal-López, Alfonso. (1999). Sobre el origen del seseo cartagenero. Estudios de Lingüística de la Universidad de Alicante 13: 269-279.
- Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. & Trudgill, Peter J. (2002). Functional Compensation and Southern Peninsular Spanish /s/ Loss. Folia Linguistica Historica XXIII: 31-58.
- Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. & Jiménez-Cano, José M. (2003). Broadcasting Standardisation: An Analysis of the Linguistic Normalisation Process in Murcia. Journal of Sociolinguistics 7.3: 321-347.
- Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. (2008). Sociolinguistic Aspects of Murcian Spanish. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 193: 121-138.
- Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. & Villena-Ponsoda, Juan A. (2009) Standardness and Non-standardness in Spain: Dialect Attrition and Revitalisation of Regional Dialects of Spanish. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 196/197: 181-214.
- Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. (2010). Dialect Contact and Accommodation in a Standard Context. Sociolinguistic Studies 4: 201-225.
- Monroy, Rafael. & Hernández-Campoy, Juan M. (2015). Illustrations of the IPA: Murcian Spanish. Journal of the International Phonetic Association 45(2): 229-240.