HaCKS workshops aim to present current research in sociolinguistic topics, from established lecturers and postgraduate or early-career researchers alike. These events are held at the Universities of Sheffield, York, and Leeds.

The central theme of our workshops this year 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 hope to put into dialogue the applications of this concept in both historical and modern linguistics, especially in sub-fields in which this term is not typically applied. We very much encourage discussion and interfaces between linguistic sub-fields.

Talks will be given by speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds including sociolinguistics, dialectology, forensic linguistics, historical linguistics, and philology. We very much encourage discussion, interdisciplinarity, and interfaces between linguistic sub-fields!

At all of our workshops, lunch and refreshments will be provided.
We are able to offer a limited number of travel contributions of up to £15 for our workshops, so please contact us ahead of the event if you would like to be reimbursed and remember to save your receipts! We may be able to offer larger travel contributions in some instances, so please get in contact to see if we can arrange this!


Upcoming events:


HaCKS workshop – University of Sheffield

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Venue: Jessop West building, Room G.03 (ground floor), 1 Upper Hanover Street, Sheffield, S3 7RA

Past events:

2018-19 (Current incarnation of HaCKS)


  • HaCKS workshop – University of York (28th February 2019)

Event programme

Summary blog post of the event by one of the attendees, Tom Rollings


  • HaCKS workshop – University of Sheffield (10th December 2018)

Event programme

Summary blog post of the event by one of the attendees, Johanna Blakey



2015-16 (Initial incarnation of HaCKS)


HaCKS are proud to announce the following seminar series for Spring 2016. Talks are free to attend, open to all, and will be followed by a brief networking opportunity with light refreshments provided.

Wednesday 9 March, 5-6:30, Alumni Room, School of English, University of Leeds
Dr Kristine Horner (Sheffield): ‘Multilingualism, Migration and endangerment: exploring the sociolinguistics of globalisation in Luxembourg’

Tuesday 12 April, 3-4:30, G.03, 9 Mappin Street, University of Sheffield
Prof Nils Langer (Bristol): ‘Language Policy and Language Suppression: Invisible Languages in the nineteenth century’

Monday 25 April, 3-4:30, Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York
Dr Diana Cullell (Liverpool): ‘Catalan poetry crossing cultural and linguistic borders

Tuesday 24 May, 3-5, HRI Seminar Room, Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield.
Elizabeth Burgess (Liverpool): ‘Valencian Language Media: a reflection of current language policy?’
Fiona Clapperton (Sheffield): ‘The Dreary Story of Spirit-Broken Governesses? An examination into how the impoverished Governess could use the system of paternalism to her advantage’