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LINGUIST List 17.892

Thu Mar 23 2006

Calls: Romance Langs/Netherlands;Ling Theories/Germany

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Sergio Baauw, The Romance Turn II (Second Call for Papers)
        2.    Eric Anchimbe, 39th Annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Message 1: The Romance Turn II (Second Call for Papers)
Date: 21-Mar-2006
From: Sergio Baauw <sergio.baauwlet.uu.nl>
Subject: The Romance Turn II (Second Call for Papers)

Full Title: The Romance Turn II (Second Call for Papers)

Date: 07-Sep-2006 - 09-Sep-2006
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
Contact Person: Jacqueline van Kampen
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.let.uu.nl./romanceturn/

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2006

Meeting Description:

The Romance Turn II (Workshop on the Acquisition of Romance Languages)
September 7-9 2006 at the UiL OTS, Utrecht University

The Romance Turn II will take place at Utrecht University (Netherlands). Like the first edition of The Romance Turn, which took place in 2004 at the UNED in Madrid, the present workshop intends to gather people working on the acquisition of the Romance languages.

Workshop topics
Papers are invited in the area of the acquisition of Romance languages. All topics in the fields of (typical and impaired) first and second language acquisition from a generative perspective will be considered. Presentations will be 30-minutes long, plus 15 minutes for discussion, and will be in English.

Invited speakers
Larisa Avram (University of Bucharest)
Anne Christophe (CNRS Paris)
Ludovica Serratrice (University of Manchester)

Abstract submission
Authors are invited to send one copy of an abstract (maximally two pages) in English for review. Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail to Romanceturnlet.uu.nl, as an attachment in PDF. In the body of the e-mail message include the title, language, name, academic affiliation, current address, phone and fax number, e-mail, and audiovisual requests. Authors may submit up to two abstracts, one individual and one joint.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: April 1 2006. Notification of acceptance: May 1 2006. Address for sending abstracts: Romanceturnlet.uu.nl.

Organizing committee
Sergio Baauw
Jacqueline van Kampen
Joke de Lange
Manuela Pinto

Message 2: 39th Annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)
Date: 21-Mar-2006
From: Eric Anchimbe <anchimbe_ericyahoo.com>
Subject: 39th Annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Full Title: 39th Annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)
Short Title: SLE

Date: 30-Aug-2006 - 02-Sep-2006
Location: Bremen, Germany
Contact Person: Eric A. Anchimbe
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/sle2006

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Linguistic Theories; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 29-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

In view of the forthcoming 39th annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) scheduled for 30-Aug-2006 to 02-Sep-2006 in Bremen, Germany, we are proposing the panel: 'Universalism and relativism in face-saving: Focus on postcolonial contexts'. As the following panel description shows, it is our intention to evaluate the relevance of certain pragmatic issues claimed to be universal, within postcolonial contexts. More information on the SLE conference could be got at: http://www.fb10.uni-bremen.de/sle2006

If you are interested in giving a paper, kindly send an abstract of not more than a page, at your earliest convenience, but by the 29th of March, 2006.
Notification of acceptance would be sent shortly after then.

Send abstracts to
- anchimbe_ericyahoo.com and
- janneylmu.de

Universalism and relativism in face-saving: Focus on postcolonial contexts (Panel: 39th Annual meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE)

Richard W. Janney (University of Munich)
Eric A. Anchimbe (University of Munich)

The main question this panel wishes to address is: to what extent are the patterns of face-saving claimed by Brown and Levinson (1978) really universal? Since the publication of Brown and Levinson's work, several other works have been published that describe patterns of politeness and face-saving in Non-western cultures that are distinctly different from those in Western cultures. Although some researchers have discussed politeness in certain African and Asian cultures, it is still not established if the further mix of languages and linguistic identities created by colonialism play a significant role in the way speakers in multilingual postcolonial speech communities produce and react to speech acts related to politeness and face-saving. This issue is particularly complex, because language use and abuse play important roles in many areas of postcolonial life. Language can be a powerful mediator of understanding, empowerment, and solidarity, or a source of repression, disempowerment, and discrimination. Choices of what and how (and in what languages) things are expressed stand at the centre of postcolonial pragmatic interest.

If certain face-saving strategies (hedging, complimenting, understating, distancing, etc.) are relatively uniform in Western cultures, as Brown and Levinson claim, how are these realised in postcolonial contexts? What happens to these strategies among speakers who have complex, hybrid linguistic identities built on mixtures of foreign languages imposed during colonialism, indigenous languages, and the languages of wider communication (Pidgins and Creoles)? Do speakers adopt situational faces, using the different languages (and with these, identities) at their disposal to project such faces? Or do they adopt stabile face-saving patterns specific to one language and culture in their daily communication? Answers to these questions could be found by analyzing everyday face-to-face discourse, political and institutional discourse, print media discourse, literary discourse, and all forms of electronically mediated communication.

Although the focus of this panel is primarily on face-saving, papers related to the myriad locutionary forms, illocutionary functions, and perlocutionary effects of language communication and communication systems in postcolonial contexts are welcome as well. Papers dealing with natural discourse and issues of cultural displacement, migration, hybridity, diaspora, and the role of public and government media in shaping perceptions of postcolonial history, politics, and regional, ethnic, and social identities will also be considered. With its emphasis on communication and issues of identity, agency, understanding, and empowerment in different postcolonial contexts, this panel wishes to provide a common platform for interdisciplinary cooperation between scholars of different persuasions with interests in language, communication, and postcolonial questions.

NB: A selection of the papers will be published as chapters in a book. Details after the conference.

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