HaCKS (Historical and Contemporary Knowledgebase in Sociolinguistics) is a student-led forum based across the Universities of Sheffield, York, and Leeds.
We aim to approach key topics in linguistics from a sociolinguistic angle and provide a twofold platform for discussion of these issues: a programme of workshops and an accompanying blog where continued discussion can take place.
Our topic this year (2018-19) is indexicality. Any element of language that is used and understood as a socially meaningful ‘signpost’ – ie. a linguistic indicator of a specific social group – can be said to be indexical of that group.
We are interested in whether this term is under-theorised in research on language variation, and hope to put into dialogue the applications of this concept in both historical and modern linguistics.
We very much encourage discussion and interfaces between linguistic sub-fields and are especially interested in exploring applications of this concept in sub-fields in which this term is not typically applied.