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LINGUIST List 17.2085

Tue Jul 18 2006

Calls: General Ling/Belgium; General Ling/Malaysia

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Philppe De Brabanter, The Notion of Commitment in Linguistics
        2.    Siti Hamin Stapa, Language and Nationhood: Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines

Message 1: The Notion of Commitment in Linguistics
Date: 16-Jul-2006
From: Philppe De Brabanter <phdebrabyahoo.co.uk>
Subject: The Notion of Commitment in Linguistics

Full Title: The Notion of Commitment in Linguistics
Short Title: Commitment2007

Date: 11-Jan-2007 - 13-Jan-2007
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Patrick Dendale
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ua.ac.be/commitment

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2006

Meeting Description:

(Non-)Commitment ((non-)prise en charge in French) are notions which are fairly often used in the analysis of certain types of linguistic phenomena but are hardly ever the subject of explicit investigation in their own right. This conference welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions within both the French and the Anglo-American linguistic tradition addressing the issue in its own right or in terms of its role in different linguistic phenomena.

The Notion of Commitment:

(Non-)Commitment ((non-)prise en charge in French) is a notion which is fairly often used in the analysis of certain types of linguistic phenomena.

Goal of the conference:

The aim of this conference is to bring together research which crucially draws on the notion of (non-)commitment in one or another way, in an attempt to achieve a better understanding of the nature and the extension of the notion itself. It welcomes theoretical and empirical contributions addressing the issue in its own right or in terms of its role in any relevant linguistic or conceptual phenomenon, using any kind of methodological approach, and coming from any kind of theoretical background. One section of the conference will be devoted to typological contributions, next to other sections dealing with grammatical or lexical markers or strategies of (non-)commitment in the Romance and Germanic languages.

Theoretical problems pertaining to the notion:

The theoretical issues addressed in this conference can be summarized in terms of five central questions:
A) To what does (non-)commitment apply? What are possible objects or (aspects of) objects of (non-)commitment (elements of form, aspects or levels of meaning, illocutionary force)? Is commitment entirely dependent on ''what is in the speaker's mind'' (the concepts and intentions a speaker has access to) or may one be committed to ''things that are in other people's minds''?
B) Who commits him/herself? Who is the agent of the commitment (which instance of the speaker)? This, which relates to the notion of ''polyphony'' popularised by Oswald Ducrot, is especially important when several speakers/thinkers can be identified in an utterance, as in cases of reported speech or reported thought.
C) When does (non-)commitment apply? Only at the moment of speech, or also at other times?
D) What is the nature of (non-)commitment? Are there different forms or degrees of it?
E) How is (non-)commitment taken? Under which conditions and by means of which forms, mechanisms or strategies is it signalled?

Conference languages:

In view of the fact that the notion of (non-)commitment or (non-)prise en charge ((non)responsibilité) is quite manifestly present in the French linguistic tradition (especially in the aftermath of the work of Benveniste), more so than in the Anglo-American tradition, the present conference also explicitly aims to establish communication on the issue between these 'geographical' research traditions. Therefore, the conference will feature presentations in French as well as in English.

Deadline for abstract submissions is August 20, 2006

Format and evaluation of abstracts
-Abstracts will be refereed anonymously.
-Abstracts are to be submitted as an attachment in Word or Rich Text Format to an email sent to commitment2007ua.ac.be. Your abstract should be in French or in English (please use the language of the actual presentation). It should not exceed 500 words (references not included). Please include the title but do not mention the name of the author(s). Use Times Roman 12 and single spacing, and make sure to embed TrueType Fonts for special characters (cf. typological studies).

The email accompanying the abstract should contain the title of the presentation (identical to the title indicated on the abstract in the attachment), the name of the author(s), and their full coordinates (affiliation, postal address, email address).

Notification of acceptance/rejection: late August 2006.

Conference registration:

-Registration fee: 80 Euros
-Special registration fees apply to members of the Linguistic Society of Belgium, please check the website (www.bkl-cbl.be) for details.

Important dates:

Abstract deadline: August 20, 2006
Notification: Early September 2006
Conference dates: January 11-13, 2007 at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Conference website: www.ua.ac.be/commitment

For further information, please contact
Patrick Dendale
Université d'Anvers
Department of Linguistics
Universiteitsplein 1
B-2610 Anvers-Wilrijk
Email: patrick.dendaleua.ac.be
Web: webhost.ua.ac.be/dendale
Tél: +32 3 820 28 13
Fax: +32 3 820 28 23

Message 2: Language and Nationhood: Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines
Date: 16-Jul-2006
From: Siti Hamin Stapa <sitihamipkrisc.cc.ukm.my>
Subject: Language and Nationhood: Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines

Full Title: Language and Nationhood: Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines
Short Title: SoLLs Intec 07

Date: 15-May-2007 - 17-May-2007
Location: Subang, Malaysia
Contact Person: Noraini Ibrahim
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.fpbahasa.ukm.my/SoLLsINTEC07/index.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2006

Meeting Description:

The conference aims to bring together international and local academicians, researchers and experts in a dialogue to exchange and share ideas and ideologies, knowledge and disciplines, cultures and practices, policies and positions, and plans and visions. The conference will be avenue for discourses across various cultures from the East and West and multidisciplines from varied areas of study in language, literary studies, linguistics, education.

Presentations are invited for the following: paper presentations, workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, poster or multimedia presentations. Presentations may be in English or Bahasa Malaysia. Please send an abstract of your paper (250 words) and your bio-data (50 words) in English to nibpkrisc.cc.ukm.my or zakiahpkrisc.cc.ukm.my or solls_07pkrisc.cc.ukm.my before 15th December 2006 by e-mail or by mail on a floppy disk (MS word). Please name the file according to author, e.g. Siti.doc and include the following information:

-Author's name -
-E-mail address
-Affiliation -
-Title of paper (not more than 15 words)
-Full address I(ncl. tel. and fax nos.) -
-Biodata (50 words)


The Secretariat
SoLLs.INTEC.07 Language and Nationhood: Discourses across Cultures and Disciplines
School of Language Studies & Linguistics
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel. 603-89216676/6498 : Fax. 603-89254577

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