LINGUIST List 11.1131

Fri May 19 2000

Calls: Gullah Conference, Sociolinguistics: M/C

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  1. Paul D. Fallon, Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect
  2. Felicity Meakins, Sociolinguistics:M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture [Correction]

Message 1: Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect

Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 00:36:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: Paul D. Fallon <>
Subject: Gullah Conference - Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect


* Gullah: A Linguistic Legacy of Africans in America *
* A Conference on the 50th Anniversary of *
* _Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect_ *

Friday, November 3, 2000
Howard University
Washington, DC

*Invited Speakers:*

* Dr. Salikoko S. Mufwene, Dept. of Linguistics,
 University of Chicago
* Dr. John R. Rickford, Dept. of Linguistics,
 Stanford University

In 1949 Lorenzo Dow Turner, the first African American linguist, published
_Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect_. This work, still considered a
"monument of scholarship," convinced the academic establishment of the
many African elements found in Gullah, where previous studies, not based
on fieldwork, had either observed only a minimal African influence or
denied it altogether. Now, around the fiftieth anniversary of the
publication of Turner's work, is an appropriate time for:

* a contemporary assessment of the state of the art of Gullah language


* a celebration and popularization of Turner's linguistic contributions

Papers are invited relating to any of the following themes:

* Linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the Gullah language
* Comparison of and/or relationship between Gullah and African American
 Vernacular English
* Comparison of and/or relationship between Gullah and Caribbean or
 African creoles
* Assessment of Lorenzo Dow Turner's linguistic scholarship

Papers which relate the linguistic significance of Gullah to a general
academic audience of students and faculty are also welcome.

Papers should be 15 minutes long, plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: June 1, 2000 by 5 p.m. Late
submissions will not be considered.

Abstracts, including bibliography (if needed) and examples, must not
exceed 500 words and must fit on one side of the page. Be sure to include
the title of the abstract. Do not put your name on the abstract or
include any information that identifies you as the author. Please send
eight copies of the abstract for anonymous review. Faxed or e-mailed
abstracts will not be accepted. In addition, send a 3"x5" card listing:

 1. paper title;
 2. name(s) of author(s);
 3. affiliation(s) of author(s);
 4. e-mail address to which notification of acceptance
 or rejection should be sent.
 5. postal addresses for the summer and fall of 2000
 6. primary author's office and home phone numbers;
 7. primary author's e-mail address, if available.
 8. whether this paper is targeted toward specialists (linguists)
 or general audience

An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In case of
joint authorship, one address should be designated. Please send abstracts

Gullah Conference
c/o Dr. Paul D. Fallon
Department of English
248 Locke Hall
Howard University
2441 6th St., NW
Washington, DC 20059

Contacts for further information:
 phone: (202) 806-5611.

This conference is sponsored by the Howard University Fund for Academic

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Paul D. Fallon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics and English
Dept. of English		
248 Locke Hall		(202) 806-6708 (fax)
Howard University	(202) 806-6730 (dept.)
2441 6th St., NW	(202) 806-5611 (office)
Washington, DC 20059 or:
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Message 2: Sociolinguistics:M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture [Correction]

Date: Wed, 17 May 2000 09:09:50 +1000
From: Felicity Meakins <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics:M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture [Correction]

[In issue# 11.1115, this message was posted under the subfield of
Computers and Language. It should have been Sociolinguistics]

Call for Contributions to the 'Chat' issue of M/C - A Journal of Media and
Edited by Felicity Meakins and Sean Rintel
Feature Writer: Charles Antaki
M/C (Media/Culture) is an electronic journal of media and culture published
by the Department of English Media and Cultural Studies Centre at the
University of Queensland in Australia. Established in 1998, M/C has
successfully grown in international standing among serious internet
journals. Please visit the site ( to
read through the latest issue and for more information.
Each issue of M/C is themed. For the issue released on the 23rd of August,
the theme is 'Chat' and the feature writer is Charles Antaki. The M/C 'Chat'
issue is intended to be as broad a survey of the mechanics, media, contexts
and analysis of chat as possible.
Robert Hopper once described argued chat as technology - "humanmade
instrumentality that partially restructures the world." Hopper's notion is
an excellent starting point for the 'Chat' issue of M/C, devoted to the
exploration of this most pervasive of discursive modes, and, indeed, to the
reflexive exploration of how researchers analyse chat.

How does the technology of talk work, and what happens when talk is itself
mediated by other technologies? In what sense is chat "humanmade"? What
parts of the world can be restructured by chat, and how is this
accomplished? In M/C 'Chat' , any chat artefacts - semantic, syntactic,
phatic, contextual - may be put under the microscope.
The artefacts and underpinnings of the analysis of chat, as themselves
partially restructuring of the world, may also be highlighted in this issue.
Methodology and ideology of analysis certainly shape the
understandings of chat, particularly if those understandings are argued to
be of practical significance. What results might inductive, deductive or
adductive approaches to chat analysis provide, and how might they be
compared and contrasted? Similar questions could be asked of qualitative and
quantitative analysis. Are combinatory approaches viable?
Of course the next question becomes, not how chat restructures the world,
but what world it restructures. The world exists as a fractured entity, both
in the way we understand it, and in the way it breaks down along
cultural, social and relational lines. How do two people chat when their
perceptions of the world are inherently different? How much of this
represented information is mutual? In what ways does chat create ethnic
groups, perpetuate racism, sexism and ageism or generally signify the other?
How is it that we can swear at close friends and not at our superiors? Chat,
in these situations becomes a point of mediation between
the world and self - a highly constructed moment. But what happens when chat
itself is mediated? What happens to the world as we know it?
And to turn Hopper's statement on its head, we can ask how does the world
structure our chat? Why does a person who has been living in a foreign
country for 40 years still have an accent? When does "You saw that gas can
explode" become a declaration about gas exploding or a can exploding. Who
does "you" refer to. It seems obvious, but "you" in isolation is
meaningless. It seems that meaning sought from the world also enriches our
Articles are due by the 24th of July 2000. M/C 'Chat' will be released on
the 23rd of August 2000. Contributors are directed to previous issues of M/C
( for article length and style
Please direct submissions to Sean Rintel ( or
Felicity Meakins (
The opinions expressed in this email do not
reflect those of The University of Queensland.
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Felicity Meakins
UQ English Department
Brisbane 4072
ph 3365 4748
'Queen Victoria was like a great paperweight
 that for half a century sat upon men's minds
and when she was removed their ideas began
 to blow all over the place haphazardly.'
 - H.G. Wells
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