The Sociolinguistic Diversity Working Group is a founding member of the International Consortium on Language and Super-diversity (InCoLaS), which brings together seven research centres. Its members and associate members share the objective of investigating to what extent and in what ways super-diversity constitutes a new challenge to the study of language in society. Does super-diversity designate uncharted or neglected empirical domains for sociolinguists or linguistic anthropologists? Does it indicate new priorities and urgencies? Is it pushing the on-going renewal of sociolinguistics further along the roads it has been travelling on for the last decades, or into other directions?
Over the last decades the study of language in society has undergone profound conceptual and analytical changes. In tune with post-structural, post-modern, as well as post-colonial shifts in the human and social sciences, sociolinguistics (together with linguistic anthropology) has been renewing its methodological toolkit while radically reworking received ideas about languages, language communities, and communicative interaction. These changes have equipped sociolinguistics better than ever before to deal with ever more complex forms of diversity that ensue from increasing transnationalism in human mobility and new information and communication technologies. The overall objective of the Sociolinguistic Diversity Working Group is to contribute to this research agenda by means of field research activities, publications and academic meetings, ranging from small-scale specialist workshops, over clinics and summer schools, to international conferences.