LINGUIST List 12.171

Tue Jan 23 2001

Calls: Intercultures, Athabaskan Languages

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  1. Jan ten Thije, Multimodal structures of 'intercultures'
  2. Siri G. Tuttle, Athabaskan Languages Conference

Message 1: Multimodal structures of 'intercultures'

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 19:10:31 +0100
From: Jan ten Thije <>
Subject: Multimodal structures of 'intercultures'

Call for Papers: Multimodal structures of 'intercultures'

The following GAL (Gesellschaft f�r Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft,
Society for Applied Linguistics) Meeting will take place in Passau on
September, 26. - 29., 2001. The general theme of the meeting is 'Sprache
transdisziplin�r' - 'Language and transdisciplinarity'.

Section 9 - Intercultural communication and contrastive linguistics -
Interkulturelle Kommunikation und konstrastive Linguistik - has set as
its own subtheme "Multimodal structures of 'intercultures'" and the
organizers would like to invite interested participants to submits
abstracts to this section programme.

Work in this section will focus on empirical analysis of multimodal
intercultural communication in both informal and institutional
situations. Following intercultural discourse analysis conventions, the
term 'culture' here refers to culture as defined by discourse
communities, rather than nationalities. In this view, culture is seen as
a reservoir of standard solutions for standard problems, which are
shared, imparted and adapted to new needs within a discourse community.
A culture may be formed and transformed through contact with the
cultures of other communities. This ability for mutual adaptation is an
important issue for the analysis of intercultural communication. If the
term 'interculture' is used to speak of the adaptive or transformed
cultural space that arises through cultural contact between members of
different communities, then the linguistic dimensions of this space may
be called 'discursive interculture'.

The aim of this section is to look closely at the analysis of
'discursive interculture', when applied to multimodal communication
(e.g. video conferencing, webpages, email). Analysts of cultural contact
and intercultural communication, when dealing with multimodal
communication, are faced with a dual challenge when defining a starting
point. First, on what basis is discursive interculture a shared action
space for cross-cultural participants (e.g. lingua franca, translation),
and what analyses are appropriate to the analysis of this shared space
(e.g. common ground)? Second, what analyses can serve for the
communicative structures across both verbal and non-verbal modalities?

The organizers are not able to support the participants financially in
their travel or accommodation costs, but are willing to write supportive
letters for those participants' travel fund applications, whose
abstracts will be accepted to be included into the programme. The
abstracts should be 150-200 words long and should be sent to the mail
address by April 1. 2001.

General information about the conference you will find on the following

Prof. Eija Ventola, English and American Studies Department, University
of Salzburg, Austria 

Ass. Prof. Jan Derk ten Thije, Chemnitz University of Technology
Interkulturelle Kommunikation (in summer 2001: Department of General and
Applied Linguistics, University of Vienna, Wien, Austria)

HDoz. Dr. Jan D. ten Thije, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, 
Technische Universit�t Chemnitz, D 09107 Chemnitz.
Tel. 00 49 371 531 2966 / .. 4533 (Sekr) / .. 2933 (Fax).

HDoz. Dr. Jan D. ten Thije, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, 
Technische Universit�t Chemnitz, D 09107 Chemnitz.
Tel. 00 49 371 531 2966 / .. 4533 (Sekr) / .. 2933 (Fax).
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Message 2: Athabaskan Languages Conference

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 12:07:47 -0800
From: Siri G. Tuttle <>
Subject: Athabaskan Languages Conference

Call for Papers

Athabaskan Languages Conference
May 18-20 2001
University of California, Los Angeles

Papers are solicited in all areas of Athabaskanist study, 
but especially the following:

New Data
Language and Pedagogy
Language and Theory
Community-Academy Relations

This annual conference brings together researchers, teachers, 
and members of Athabaskan-speaking communities to stimulate 
each other toward continual improvement in linguistic 
research, Athabaskan language pedagogy, and language retention 
methods.&nbsp;&nbsp; A special workshop on the instrumental
of voice quality is planned for Sunday, May 20.

Postmark Submission Deadline:&nbsp; Friday, March 2, 2001.

Please send a one-page abstract* via e-mail to &lt;;

or by regular mail to:&nbsp; Athabaskan Languages Conference 2001, 
c/o Siri Tuttle, UCLA Department of Linguistics, 3125 Campbell 
Hall, Box 951543,&nbsp; Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543.

(*The one-page abstract may be augmented with one page of 
tables, figures, or other non-text material.)
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