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LINGUIST List 17.1874

Sat Jun 24 2006

Calls: Socioling/UK;Historical Ling/France

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        1.    Patrick Stevenson, Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
        2.    Tobias Scheer, Gallo-Romance Diachronics


Message 1: Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe
Date: 21-Jun-2006
From: Patrick Stevenson <prs1soton.ac.uk>
Subject: Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe



Full Title: Language, Discourse and Identity in Central Europe

Date: 06-Jul-2007 - 08-Jul-2007
Location: Southampton, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Jenny Carl
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Czech; English; German, Standard; Hungarian; Polish; Slovak

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

This conference will explore the role of the German language in the formation and
contestation of national and regional identities in Germany, Austria and neighbouring states
in the centre of Europe. Its focus will be on the position and uses of German in relation to
other languages in the current reshaping of central European space – whether as the
dominant, officially legitimated language of Germany or Austria, as the minority language
of historical migrations, or as a (potential) regional lingua franca occupying the middle
ground between global English and ‘national’ languages.

Papers are invited that address the roles of language, experiences of and with language, and
discourses about language. Preference will be given to papers that integrate consideration of
ideologies, policies and practices.

Context and rationale:
In 2004 Andreas Gardt and Bernd Hüppauf published a collection of papers with the
ominous title Globalization and the Future of German (Mouton de Gruyter). This wide-
ranging volume presents a critical assessment of the present position and future prospects of
the German language as a 'paradigmatic example' of the future of European languages in
general in the face of global forces apparently favouring the growing domination of 'global
Englishes' and militating against linguistic diversity.

In the same year, the Southampton Centre for Transnational Studies organised a conference
on Language and the Future of Europe, from which selected papers have now been
published in Clare Mar-Molinero and Patrick Stevenson (eds) Language Ideologies, Policies
and Practices (Palgrave, 2006). In her keynote paper, Susan Gal explores the complex
relations between migration, minorities and multilingualism in Europe in terms of shifting
language ideologies, challenging 'the tight Herderian weave of culture, language and state in
Europe' which, she argues, 'is being stretched and frayed in subtle ways.'

In July 2007, the Centre will host a conference with the aim of developing these two themes
in a particular way. It will investigate Gal's assertion further by focusing on the context of
what she refers to as the 'fractal geography' of central Europe. Specifically, it will form part
of a research programme, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, on the
role of the German language in the formation and contestation of national and regional
identities in Germany, Austria and neighbouring states in the centre of Europe
(www.glipp.soton.ac.uk).

The main focus of the conference will therefore be not on 'the future of the German
language' but rather on the position and uses of German in relation to other languages in the
current reshaping of central European space - whether as the dominant, officially legitimated
language of Germany or Austria, as the minority language of historical migrations, or as a
(potential) regional lingua franca occupying the middle ground between global English and
'national' languages.

Papers are invited that address the roles of language, experiences of and with language, and
discourses about language. As with the previous conference, preference will be given to
papers that integrate consideration of ideologies, policies and practices.

It is envisaged that selected papers from the conference will be published in book-form in
English, and papers should therefore be given in English. Abstracts (maximum 200 words)
should be sent by email by 1 February 2007 to Dr Jenny Carl at the following address:
glippsoton.ac.uk. Abstracts should be included in the body of the email, NOT as an
attachment.

Questions that could be addressed:
-What impact has social, political, economic and cultural transformation had on patterns of
multilingualism in central Europe?
-How has migration into and within this region affected linguistic practices?
-How far and in what ways is linguistic difference 'heard' and 'seen' in these multilingual
settings?
-Are new language ideologies emerging?
-Who engages in language policy-making and to what ends?
-How far and in what ways are identities imposed, assumed or negotiated linguistically or
through reference to language?
-How do individuals use the linguistic resources available to them to position themselves and
others in multilingual space?
-What role do narratives about language play in individual biographies and memories of the
pre-1989 past?

Topics could include:
-Language ideologies
-Identity narratives
-Negotiations of identity
-Language biographies
-Visual manifestations of multilingualism
-Globalisation and its discontents
-Media discourses (film, TV, music, print media, advertising)
-Linguistic practices in popular and youth culture
-Linguistic counter-cultures
-Linguistic practices and new technologies
-Language policy and language management
-The role of language and culture agencies (British Council, Goethe Institut etc)
-Language and migration (into and within CE)
-Language and tourism
-Language and history/ memory
-Discursive representations of time and place
-Language and belonging
-Language and social inclusion/exclusion
-Language and citizenship
-Sprachkultur and language loyalty
-Language in multinational businesses
-Language and the knowledge economy
-Standardisation and linguistic 'legitimacy'
-Language and cosmopolitanism
-The national and the transnational
-Language and territory / de-territorialisation of language
-Urban spaces and linguistic neighbourhoods
-Speech communities and language communities
-Paradoxes of discourses on cultural and linguistic diversity
-Language and social / cultural elites
-Political discourses

Keynote speakers:
Thomas Diez, Birmingham
Mathias Makowski, Prague
Ulrike Hanna Meinhof, Southampton
Ruth Wodak, Lancaster/Vienna


Organisers:
Prof. Patrick Stevenson, Dr Jenny Carl and Livia Schanze
Centre for Transnational Studies
Modern Languages
School of Humanities
University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
U.K.



Message 2: Gallo-Romance Diachronics
Date: 21-Jun-2006
From: Tobias Scheer <scheerunice.fr>
Subject: Gallo-Romance Diachronics



Full Title: Gallo-Romance Diachronics
Short Title: GalRom07

Date: 15-Jan-2007 - 16-Jan-2007
Location: Nice, France
Contact Person: Tobias Scheer
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.unice.fr/dsl/galrom07.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Morphology; Phonology

Subject Language(s): Auvergnat; Gascon; Languedocien; Limousin; Old Provençal

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2006

Meeting Description:

Gallo-Romance: Diachronics Phonological and Morphological Evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan.

The laboratory BCL ('Bases, Corpus, Langage', Nice) and the team LDOR of
the laboratory ERSS ('Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique',
Toulouse) organize a conference on Gallo-Roman diachronics which is
concerned with the phonological and the morphological evolution of
French, Francoprovençal and Occitan.

Second Call for Papers

for

GalRom07

a conference on Gallo-Roman diachronics that is concerned with the phonological and the morphological evolution of French, Francoprovençal and Occitan.

CHANGE OF DATE: due to the availability of the venue, the conference will take place on January 15th-16th 2007 (instead of January 12th-13th).

All further inforation (background, submission guidelines etc.) is available at

www.unice.fr/dsl/galrom07.htm



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