I was invited to be a part of a special section of the Sociolinguistics Symposium 22 held at Auckland University in New Zealand, 27-30 June 2018, and to present a sessional paper at the conference attended by about eight or nine hundred participants. The Sociolinguistics Symposium is the largest sociolinguistics conference in the discipline, and the first time that it has been held outside of Europe and North America. As a result, many of the most important sociolinguistics from around the world made their way—and a long way it is, trust me—to New Zealand, a very beautiful and unique country with its own distinctive flora and fauna, even in the contrast between the North and South Islands.

The special section in which I participated was on “The Interaction of Language and Religion,” organized by the well-known sociolinguist Professor Allan Bell and the biblical scholar Tim Meadowcroft. My paper was on…

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