Slang(s) and Id(s). How do peripheral language variants contribute to identification building? (Budapest)

Slang(s) and Identity(s)

How do peripheral language variants contribute to identity construction?

Budapest, 22.-23. June 2023

The peripheral varieties of the language, and particularly the slangs, maintain close and complex connections with the identity of the speakers. An often-discussed term, identity is a representation of what we are (as individuals and/or as members of a community) and what others are. Identity – which can take on multiple dimensions, such as B. personal, professional, social, cultural, national, religious, sexual, etc. – is revealed more or less intentionally by what we say and how we say it. But language and its peripheral variants, including slang, are not limited to reflecting identity, as they also play an important role in speakers’ identity construction. Many questions follow from this: How to understand the complex connections between slang and identity? Which strategies are implemented for identity formation by peripheral varieties and above all by slang? How can the relationship between the identity function and the other functions (crypto-ludic, toleration) of professional slang and sociological slang be identified (Goudaillier, 2001, 2002, 2019)?
Within the framework of several symposiums on varieties and peripheral or even colloquial literature organized at CIEF of ELTE University Budapest (“Slang: a universal of language?”, 2005, “Slang Speech and Sports and Physical Practices”, 2014 , “Language (n) and literature of cities”, 2017, “How do I translate peripheral varieties? From traditional slang to contemporary French of cities”, 2019, and “Argot(s) and song(s). Peripheral varieties to music: from Parisian cabarets to rap” in 2021), this symposium aims to question the role of peripheral varieties as constitutive factors of identity, not only in everyday language practices, but also in the field of literature, cinema, comics, without forgetting song, rap or slam , whether French or other languages, ancient or contemporary varieties, to allow exchanges and lead to a r common reflection.
The organizers of this symposium invite linguists, teacher researchers, researchers and PhD students to present the hypotheses and results of their research related to the questions articulated around the relationship between identity and the peripheral varieties of languages.


Interuniversity Center for French Studies (CIEF), Department of French Studies and University Success Center (CRU) of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest (Hungary) with the support of Paris Cité University.


Dávid SZABÓ (Interuniversity Center for French Studies, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest)
Jean-Pierre GOUDAILLIER (Paris City University)
Máté KOVÁCS (Institute for French Studies, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest)
Anne GENSANE (University of Rennes 2)
Mathieu HOUDAYER (University of Tours)
Petra TAKÁCS (Interuniversity Center for French Studies, Eötvös Loránd University Budapest)


Sabine BASTIAN (Leipzig University)
Anne-Caroline FIEVET (EHESS, Paris)
Jean-Pierre GOUDAILLIER (Paris City University)
Alicja KACPRZAK (University of Lodz)
Máté KOVÁCS (Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest)
Andrzej NAPIERALSKI (University of Lodz)
Alena PODHORNÁ-POLICKÁ (Masaryk University Brno)
Dávid SZABÓ (Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest)
Agnieszka WOCH (University of Lodz)


CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: The symposium is open to linguists, teachers, researchers and PhD students of all disciplines.


Teaching researchers, researchers: 70 euros
PhD students, students: 30 euros
The registration fee includes conference documents, coffee breaks and the publication of the conference proceedings (after the manuscripts have been reviewed and accepted by anonymous reviewers). Travel and accommodation costs are at the expense of the participants.

Individuals wishing to contribute are asked to submit the title (maximum of five keywords) and summary of their submission (1000-1500 characters).



The conference proceedings will be published in the form of a thematic edition Journal of French Studies (Budapest).

CONTACT for all information: [email protected], [email protected]

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