ACMS Virtual Speaker Series with Sender Dovchin – The ordinariness of linguistic diversity in post-socialist Mongolia

When: Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 9:00 am (ET); 10:00 pm (ULAT/AWST)

Where: via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 854 6856 8048

Passcode: 292544



With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Mongolia embraced a new democratic society in 1990, transforming itself from a socialist to a democratic country with a free-market economy. Mongolia opened itself to the world, embracing linguistic diversity in all aspects of its society. The popularity of Russian has been replaced by English and followed by other languages. Drawing on the linguistic practices of the young generation in post-socialist Mongolia, this paper addresses how new forms of languages and identities are being formed through linguistic diversity. However, these new forms of languages and identities should not be celebrated as exotic or outlandish as we need to understand linguistic diversity through “the ordinariness of difference” (Dovchin, 2017). The diversity in language may indeed be deconstructed as soon as it comes into contact with everyday sociolinguistic encounters and daily lived experiences of language users in post-socialist Mongolia.

Dovchin, S. (2017). The ordinariness of youth linguascapes in Mongolia. International Journal of Multilingualism14(2), 144-159.


About the presenter:

Associate Professor Sender Dovchin is a Principal Research Fellow and Director of Research at the School of Education, Curtin University, Australia. She is also a Discovery Early Career Research Fellow of the Australian Research Council. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the University of Aizu, Japan. She has also been awarded Young Scientist (Kakenhi) by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. A/Prof Dovchin is an Editor-in-Chief of the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. She was identified as “Top Researcher in the field of Language & Linguistics” under The Humanities, Arts & Literature of The Australian’s 2021 Research Magazine and Top 250 Researchers in Australia in 2021. She has authored numerous articles in international peer-reviewed journals and authored six books with international publishers such as Routledge, Springer, Palgrave Macmillan and Multilingual Matters.

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