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LINGUIST List 18.1511

Thu May 17 2007

Confs: Applied Ling/Hong Kong

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        1.    Joey Wong, 1st HCLS Conference on Becoming a World Language

Message 1: 1st HCLS Conference on Becoming a World Language
Date: 17-May-2007
From: Joey Wong <hclscityu.edu.hk>
Subject: 1st HCLS Conference on Becoming a World Language

1st HCLS Conference on Becoming a World Language
Short Title: HCLS-C1

Date: 05-Dec-2007 - 07-Dec-2007
Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Contact: Joey Wong
Contact Email: hclscityu.edu.hk
Meeting URL: http://www.hallidaycentre.cityu.edu.hk/HCLS-C1-2007

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies of the City
University of Hong Kong will organize a Conference on 'Becoming a World
Language: the growth of Chinese, English and Spanish' - the first of a series of
annual conferences - to be held from 5 to 7 December 2007 in Hong Kong. The
Conference will be preceded by a Pre-Conference Institute on 3 and 4 December 2007.

Officially launched in March 2006, The Halliday Centre has the distinct honour
of being named after the world-renowned linguist, Professor M.A.K. Halliday. The
Halliday Centre aims to expand opportunities for collaboration with global
partners in China and the Asia-Pacific Region, Europe, North America and
elsewhere, concentrating on research relating to corpus linguistics,
computational linguistics, and comparative language studies.

The Conference will provide an international forum for scholars, researchers,
and other professionals to discuss the phenomenon of becoming a world language
of Chinese, English and Spanish, and how an appliable linguistics might
contribute to an understanding of the short and long term effects of the
phenomenon both on speakers and on speech systems. Keynote speakers include
Professor Cecilia Colombi, Professor Fang Yan, Professor M.A.K. Halliday,
Professor Yamuna Kachru, Professor Christian Matthiessen, and Professor Larry

Plenary Speakers:
Cecilia Colombi (University of California, Davis)
Fang Yan (Tsinghua University)
M.A.K. Halliday (University of Sydney)
Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Christian Matthiessen (Macquarie University)
Larry Smith (Christopher, Smith & Associates LLC; and Japan-America Institute of
Management Science, Honolulu)

The objective of the conference is to explore from a multiple perspective the
significance of a language becoming a world language. English is already
acknowledged as a world language, but both Chinese and Spanish appear to be
moving in the same direction. This raises some interesting issues. For example:
is the pattern of emergence to this status the same in all three cases, or do
they have different trajectories? Does the system of language change in this
process, and if so, how? What kind of resources, if any, does the language have
to develop along the way, and what are the consequences of its growth for those
who speak it? What relevance do modes of language education have to this
process? What are its effects on the formation of speaker identity, for both the
native speakers of the world language and the foreign learners?

The field is thus excitingly open to, and in need of, interpretation. We invite
you to participate in this venture by presenting your thoughts on any aspect
relevant to becoming a world language.

There will be a Pre-Conference Institute on 3 and 4 December 2007. The
instructors and titles of the courses are as follows:

M.A.K. Halliday: Theoretical Foundations of Systemic Functional Linguistics
Ruqaiya Hasan: Analysing Text: Meaning in Context
Paul Thibault: Image and Language in Pedagogic Discourse: An Application of
Systemic Functional Linguistics

Participants will be offered a certificate of attendance. For details of course
design and fee and online registration, please visit

Advance registration (with concession) for the Conference will be available
until 29 September 2007.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and hope you will be able to join us
in Hong Kong in December 2007.

Yours sincerely,

Dr. Jonathan Webster & Emeritus Professor Ruqaiya Hasan
Convenors, International Conference on ''Becoming a World Language: the growth
of Chinese, English and Spanish''

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