LINGUIST List 12.1258

Sun May 6 2001

Calls: Lang/Politico-Social Ideologies, Spanish/US

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  1. Martin P�tz, Language of Politico-Social Ideologies (LAUD 2002)
  2. luortiz, Spanish in the United States

Message 1: Language of Politico-Social Ideologies (LAUD 2002)

Date: Sat, 05 May 2001 13:51:19 +0200
From: Martin P�tz <>
Subject: Language of Politico-Social Ideologies (LAUD 2002)

Dear colleagues,
May we draw your attention to the 29th International LAUD Symposium to
be held at the University of Koblenz-Landau at Landau (March 25-28,


Circular No. 1

29th International LAUD Symposium
University of Koblenz-Landau
in Landau, Germany

March 25-28, 2002


Of the many possible types of ideology, the symposium wants to
concentrate - for reasons of methodology - on one major category,
namely, politico-social ideologies. It is hoped that the symposium will
be a meeting ground for cognitive linguistics, critical linguistics and
Hereby 'ideology' is taken in the sense of Hodge & Kress, Language as
Ideology (1993: 6):

... language, typically, is immersed in the ongoing life of a society, as
the practical consciousness of the society... We can call it ideology,
defining 'ideology' as a systematic body of ideas, organised from a
particular point of view. Ideology is thus a subsuming category which
includes sciences and metaphysics, as well as political ideologies of
various kinds, without implying anything about their status and
reliability as guides to reality.

Some of the important questions to be discussed in 3 sections are the

Section 1: The linguistic and conceptual interplay between language and
The most fundamental question seems to be whether there is any
conceptual connection between language and politics, whereby politics is
broadly conceived as the political organisation, social welfare and
well-being of a people or culture. The success of a multi-disciplinary
discourse appears to rest on some common understanding of the data under
consideration. In the case of ideology without any link to language,
those data seem quite difficult to identify. With the combined analysis
of language and ideology, the task is somewhat easier: we are looking at
language constructed for some ideological purpose.
What is then the relationship between language and ideology? Is language
a core element in any ideology? To what extent can we say that an
ideology cannot arise, exist and spread without language?.

Section 2: The form and function of politico-social ideologies in spoken
and written texts
To what extent can politico-social ideologies be called a question of
lexical structures and networks and what other resources of language are
the unconscious or conscious instruments by which ideologies thrive and
are propagated? Do competing ideologies use identical or similar
labeling and metaphors and do these ideological discourses display
linguistic, discursive, and rhetorical overlaps? This point of departure
invites participants to dig analytically and critically into particular
texts that have a perceivable ideological purpose. This work can be as
data-driven as any other form of linguistic analysis.

Section 3: The role of grammar and cultural models in ideology
Is the grammar of a language a value-free resource leading to
universally valid representations of an objective world, or does it on
the contrary impose a number of biases in the perception of the world,
of humankind's place in it, of men's relation to women or vice versa, of
cultural communities' relations to their own members, to other
communities, and to a possible world order? Cultural models reflected by
language and reflecting different world views seem to contradict the
idea that grammar is value-free and that it leads to universally valid
representations of an objective world. Indirectly linked to all this are
ecolinguistic questions such as the dominance of European languages in
the world, colonialism, English as a global language, and linguistic

In summary, whereas the main purpose of the symposium is to raise the
issue of convergence between language and politics in general and to
discuss a number of politico-social ideologies in particular, it is also
clear that the methodological questions raised here are part and parcel
of the methodology of the analyses themselves and can, in some way or
other, become an integral part of the analyses brought forward. This
interdisciplinary approach includes intercultural analyses and invites
the participation of scholars representing both dominant (Western) and
so-called marginal (non-Western) languages, cultures and ideologies from
around the world.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 1, 2001

Abstracts of max. 500 words (one page), including a choice of one of the
three main sections/themes, should be sent by email to each of the
from whom further information can be obtained:

Martin P�tz

Angelika Daniel

Ren� Dirven

1. Author name(s) and affiliation
2. Email address of submitter
3. The title of the paper
4. Theme/section

Local Conference Organizers:

Martin P�tz & Angelika Daniel
University of Koblenz-Landau
in Landau
Institut f�r Anglistik
Im Fort 7
76829 Landau, Germany
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Message 2: Spanish in the United States

Date: Wed, 2 May 2001 18:13:56 GMT-4
From: luortiz <>
Subject: Spanish in the United States

Call for Papers

19th National Conference on 
Spanish in the United States


Spanish in Contact with Other Languages on the Ibero-American World

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus 
Rio Piedras, PR
April 17, 18, 19, 20, 2002

Submissions for twenty-minute presentations are invited on the 
following general topics related to Spanish in the United States 
and Spanish in contact with other languages in the Ibero-
American world: language policy and planning, language 
variation, discourse analysis, language maintenance and shift, 
language attitudes, language development, testing, heritage 
language education, language in public life, and other relevant 
(socio)linguistic topics. 

Those interested in presenting a paper at the Conference must 
submit five copies of an anonymous one-page abstract to the 
address indicated below. Abstracts must be accompanied by a 
separate page indicating the title of the paper, your name, 
affiliation, address at which you wish to receive notification 
concerning acceptance of your abstract, telephone number 
(including fax and home phone number), and e-mail address. An 
additional page with bibliography and examples may be included, 
if necessary. E-mail submissions will not be accepted.

Abstracts must be received by NOVEMBER 1, 2001. Queries and 
abstracts should be addressed to:
Dr. Luis A. Ortiz, Conference Chair
Linguistic Graduate Program
Faculty of Humanities
University of Puerto Rico
Rio Piedras Campus
PO BOX 22765
Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931-2765
(787) 764-0000 Ext. 3389
Fax (787) 763-5899 / 764-0000 Ext. 3389


XIX Congreso Nacional 
del Espa�ol en los Estados Unidos 

el Espa�ol en Contacto con otras Lenguas en el Mundo
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de R�o Piedras
R�o Piedras, PR
17-20 de abril de 2002
Se solicitan res�menes ('abstracts') de investigaciones sobre el 
espa�ol en Estados Unidos y el espa�ol en contacto con otras 
lenguas en el mundo iberoamericano: lenguas en contacto y 
desplazamiento ling��stico, variaci�n ling��stica, an�lisis del 
discurso, pol�tica y planificaci�n ling��stica, mantenimiento y 
p�rdida de lenguas, actitudes ling��sticas, ense�anza de L1 y L2 
en situaciones de contacto, etnograf�a de la comunicaci�n, 
antropolog�a ling��stica y otros temas de la socioling��stica y 
la sociolog�a del lenguaje.

Los interesados en presentar trabajos durante el congreso deben 
someter cinco copias de un resumen de una p�gina de extensi�n, 
acompa�ado de otra p�gina con el t�tulo de la ponencia, nombre 
del ponente, afiliaci�n, direcci�n de la universidad, n�mero de 
tel�fono, n�mero de fax, e-mail, etc. al cual desea recibir 
respuesta de la aceptaci�n del resumen y de cualquier otra 
informaci�n sobre el evento. Si es necesario, puede incluir una 
nota bibliogr�fica junto al resumen. No se aceptar�n res�menes 
por e-mail ni por fax.

La fecha l�mite para recibir el resumen es el 1ro de noviembre 
de 2001. El resumen debe enviarse a la atenci�n de: 
Dr. Luis A. Ortiz, Presidente del Congreso
Programa Graduado de Ling��stica
Facultad de Humanidades
Universidad de Puerto Rico
Recinto de R�o Piedras
PO BOX 22765
R�o Piedras, Puerto Rico 00931-2765
(787) 764-0000 Ext. 3389
Fax (787) 763-5899 / 764-0000 Ext. 3389
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