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LINGUIST List 16.1507

Thu May 12 2005

Calls: General Ling/South Africa; Neuroling/Italy

Editor for this issue: Amy Wronkowicz <amylinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Nikiwe Matebula, MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism and Exclusion
        2.    Matthew Finkbeiner, 1st Annual Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism

Message 1: MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism and Exclusion
Date: 10-May-2005
From: Nikiwe Matebula <matebulanp.hummail.uovs.ac.za>
Subject: MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism and Exclusion

Full Title: MIDP Symposium on Multilingualism and Exclusion

Date: 24-Apr-2006 - 26-Apr-2006
Location: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Contact Person: Nikiwe Matebula
Meeting Email: matebulanp.hummail.uovs.ac.za
Web Site: http://www.etfb.org.za

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2005

Meeting Description:

Multilingual and Information Development Program (MIDP) Symposium on
Multilingualism and Exclusion, 24-26 April 2006, University of the Free State,
Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Call for papers

Whether the winds of globalisation, localisation and regionalisation of the last
decades have led to more linguistic diversity or not is a matter of on-going
dispute, one reason being the changeable, language-ideological ways in which
language practice is categorised and essentialised into countable linguistic
units. In contrast, it is less controversial that they have led to an increased
visibility and awareness of linguistic diversity, to a growing sensitivity and
sensibility towards it, i.e. to a growing amount and a wider range of
meaning-ascribing discourses surrounding multilingualism.

The Symposium on Multilingualism and Exclusion wants to draw attention to the
fact that such discourses do not invariably reflect on or give rise to realities
of societal integration and emancipation, but often follow and are followed by
mechanisms and effects of exclusion at different levels of society. Discourses
on language diversity construct this language diversity: they create, reproduce,
naturalise, freeze, or legally enact perceived differences and similarities
across and within languages. It is these constructive mechanisms, and what
societies and political powers do with multilingualism in general, that impinge
directly on the ways citizens can have access to information, can participate in
the distribution of socio-economic resources, can be involved in or affected by
governance and legislation, and can choose their position in a community, their
citizenship and cultural belonging.

The organisers welcome papers offering original theoretical, methodological or
empirical studies of the issue of multilingualism and exclusion. Although the
penchant is for societal approaches, contributions discussing the issue of
exclusion from the viewpoint of individual bi- or multilingualism (e.g. in the
field of psycholinguistics) will offer a welcome balance. The symposium is
organized as part of a research programme that runs in collaboration between
Belgian and South African teams (i.e., the MIDP-III cooperation project), but
the areal scope of the contributions should not be limited to any of these two

One-page abstract proposals, mentioning full physical and electronic address
details of all authors as well as an identification of one contact author, are
awaited before 1 September 2005. Notification of acceptance will be given, if
all goes as planned, before 1 December 2005. Papers will not only be selected on
the basis of their internal quality but also with an eye for overall thematical
variety. A selection of the papers will be published as a special issue of the
accredited South African journal Acta Academica. (The possibility of publishing
all the proceedings prior to that is presently being examined).

Abstract are to be sent to (hard copy, fax or e-mail attachment):

Ms. Nikiwe Matebula or Ms. Susan Lombaard
Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment
University of the Free State
P.O. Box 339
Bloemfontein 9300
Republic of South Africa
Telephone number: +2751 4012405
Fax number: +2751 4483976
e-mail: matebulanp.hummail.uovs.ac.za or lombasc.hummail.uovs.ac.za

Please also regularly consult the symposium's website at http://www.etfb.org.za
[Symposium Multilingualism and Exclusion] for continuous information on the
programme, the keynote speakers, accommodation, and others.

The organising committee (in alphabetical order) is composed of:
Pol Cuvelier (University of Antwerp)
Theo du Plessis (Free State University, Bloemfontein, South Africa)
Pieter Duvenage (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South
Bénédicte Kusendila (University of Antwerp)
Michael Meeuwis (Ghent University)
Lut Teck (Institute for Higher Education and the Arts, Brussels)
Reinhild Vandekerckhove (University of Antwerp)
Message 2: 1st Annual Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism
Date: 10-May-2005
From: Matthew Finkbeiner <msfwjh.harvard.edu>
Subject: 1st Annual Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism

Full Title: 1st Annual Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism

Date: 13-Oct-2005 - 16-Oct-2005
Location: Rovereto, Italy
Contact Person: Alessia La Micela
Meeting Email: lscunitn.it
Web Site: http://www.unitn.it/events/bilingualism/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2005

Meeting Description:

Annual workshop on the functional and neural perspectives of bilingualism

The first annual Rovereto Workshop on Bilingualism will be held October 13-16
this year (2005) at the Laboratorio di Scienze Cognitive at the University of
Trento in Rovereto (Italy). The goal for this annual workshop is to bridge the
cognitive and neural perspectives on bilingual language processing and to foster
discussion and productive collaborations between senior and junior researchers.
The workshop will differ from larger conferences insofar as there will only be
10 speakers (all invited) and there will be no concurrent talks. The invited
speakers for this inaugural meeting are: Jubin Abutalebi, Karen Emmorey,
Matthew Finkbeiner, David Green, Judith Kroll, Andrea Mechelli, Lee Osterhout,
Christophe Pallier, Nuria Sebastian-Galles and Walter van Heuven. In addition
to the individual talks, there will be a roundtable discussion between several
of the invited speakers. The topic for the inaugural workshop will be
Representation and Control in L1 and L2: Functional and Neural Perspectives.

The present call is for a poster session that is being organized. If you are
interested in presenting a poster, please submit your abstract (500 words
maximum) online by June 1st, 2005 at http://www.unitn.it/events/bilingualism/.
A limited number of posters will be accepted on the basis of their scientific
merit. Although submission of posters related to the main topic of the workshop
are encouraged, we will also consider any submission that deals with cognitive
and neuropsychological aspects of bilingualism. For those individuals who do
not have institutional support and who would benefit from financial assistance,
a small number of travel grants funded by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di
Trento e Rovereto are available on a competitive basis. Please indicate in your
submission if you would like your abstract to be considered as an application
for a travel grant. The Workshop is funded in part by the CARITRO Foundation
and the University of Trento.

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