Themed Panel Presentation

Mobility, Multingualism, and Multimodality: Studies in Migration Linguistics in Southeast Asia

Members of the Panel

Ariane Borlongan
Randy LaPolla
Maya David
Nicanor Guinto
Lisa Lim
Loy Lising
James McLellan

Migration is a defining characteristic of Southeast Asia. Truly, that its people moved and continues to move not only within the region and the Asian continent but also from around and to the rest of world has created not only a linguistically diverse situation but, even more, a colorful culture and society. That notwithstanding, mobilities have also been a key issue and urgent concern which need to be dealt with by this community of nations in the East as they all aspire to become more progressive in the new millennium.

In this plenary panel, we discuss a myriad of themes relating to language within the multimodal context of migration in Southeast Asia, bringing to fore ‘migration linguistics’ as an approach to understanding this very interesting social phenomenon. We trace histories of movement and their linguistic consequences, we reflect on mobilities of languages and their social impact, and we envision the future of migration with language as a key element in defining how movement happens and stops because of (mis)communications and (mis)understandings.

Organized in collaboration with the Migration Linguistics Unit of the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, our plenary panel features the following presentations and speakers:

Asian Migrations and Their Effects on the Language Situation

Randy LaPolla (Beijing Normal University, China)

A Global, Diasporic Ethnic Community: The Sindhi Hindus and Language Accommodation

Maya Khemlani David (The University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Community Migrations, Language Contact and Language Maintenance: Narratives from Borneo

James McLellan (University of Brunei Darussalam)

“It’s Our Secret Language!”: Beliefs that Shape Heritage Language Maintenance among Filipino Migrants in Australia

Loy Lising (Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)

Home-Making in Sunday-Central: Structures of Feeling among Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers in Hong Kong

Nicanor Guinto (Southern Luzon State University, Lucban, the Philippines)

Defining Migrants: Positioning the Periphery in Pioneering and Pandemic Times

Lisa Lim (Curtin University, Perth, Australia)

Migration Linguistics in Southeast Asia: Questions and Directions Ariane Macalinga Borlongan (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan)