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Full Title: Language Norms in Context. Annual Meeting of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics

Short Title: Vals-Asla 2014
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Start Date: 12-Feb-2014 - 14-Feb-2014
Contact: Johanna Miecznikowski
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Meeting Description: Language Norms in Context
Annual Meeting of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics
Università della Svizzera italiana, February 12-14, 2014

Language norms concern the form and meaning of linguistic expressions and, as discursive and pragmatic norms, also discourse genres and the sequential development of verbal interaction. The explicit or implicit rules, accepted by a community, that constitute such norms emerge from language use, but are also shaped by evaluation practices and different forms of normative discourse. The nature, formation and status of language norms are particularly sensitive to the different contexts in which languages come to exist and operate within speakers’ communities. Social norms and conventions, the language system and the functions it fulfills when put into use in different contexts interact in complex ways. Applied linguistics is confronted with the triad use-evaluation-prescription with respect to some of its central objects such as language learning and teaching, language policy and planning, the use of language in the media, the social implications of linguistic practices in institutions and professional settings, language and communication in multilingual contexts.

Keynote Speakers:

Ulrich Ammon (University of Duisburg-Essen)
Giuliano Bernini (University of Bergamo)
Anita Fetzer (University of Augsburg)
Laurent Filliettaz (University of Geneva)


Johanna Miecznikowski (Istituto di studi italiani, USI), Elena Maria Pandolfi (Swiss Italian Linguistic Observatory - OLSI), Andrea Rocci (Institute of argumentation, linguistics and semiotics, USI); Martina Cameroni (USI), Matteo Casoni (OLSI), Margherita Luciani (USI), Elena Musi (USI), Marta Zampa (USI).

Scientific Committee:

Silvia Albesano (USI), Hans Bickel (University of Basel), Corrado Bologna (USI / University of Roma Tre), Rebekka Bratschi (Zentrale Sprachdienste, Bern), Marcel Burger (University of Lausanne), Matteo Casoni (OLSI, Bellinzona), Sabine Christopher Guerra (USI / SUPSI / University of Bern), Luca Cignetti (SUPSI-DFA), Jean-François De Pietro (IRDP), Alexandre Duchêne (Institute of Multilingualism, Fribourg), Simone Fornara (SUPSI-DFA)Sara Greco Morasso (USI), Annelies Häcki Buhofer (University of Basel), Johanna Miecznikowski (USI), Bruno Moretti (OLSI / University of Bern), Stéphanie Pahud (University of Lausanne), Elena Maria Pandolfi (OLSI), Rudi Palmieri (USI), Annick Paternoster (USI / School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Leeds), Daniel Perrin (ZHAW), Eddo Rigotti (USI), Andrea Rocci (USI), Eva Lia Wyss (University of Koblenz-Landau).


Early bird / regular registration for senior researchers: 110 / 130 CHF
Junior researchers and participants without presentation: 70 CHF
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1286

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