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LINGUIST List 18.1725

Wed Jun 06 2007

Calls: Applied Ling,Lang Acquisition/China; General Ling/Germany

Editor for this issue: Ania Kubisz <anialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Scarlet Poon, 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness
        2.    Ulrike Wrobel, Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages


Message 1: 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness
Date: 06-Jun-2007
From: Scarlet Poon <scarletwshku.hk>
Subject: 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness


Full Title: 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness
Short Title: ALA 2008

Date: 26-Jun-2008 - 29-Jun-2008
Location: Hong Kong, China
Contact Person: Scarlet Poon
Meeting Email: scarletwshku.hk
Web Site: http://www.hku.hk/clear/ala

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2007

Meeting Description
One theme that unites all those involved with language awareness, as researchers
and/or practitioners, is engagement with language. The 9th International
Conference of the Association for Language Awareness aims to bring together
researchers and practitioners to discuss and share research, theory and best
practice relating to different aspects of engaging with language. The Conference
will address language awareness in the learning and teaching of languages; in
literature; and in broader educational, social, professional, and cultural
dimensions. A particular aim of the 2008 ALA is to promote language awareness
research and practice within the region.

Main Areas
- Language Awareness in language learning
- Language Awareness in language teaching
- Language Awareness and language use
- Critical Language Awareness
- Language Awareness in the workplace
- Language Awareness and multilingualism

The 9th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness (ALA)
with the theme of ''Engaging with Language'' will be held from 26-29 June 2008
at the University of Hong Kong. The Conference is organized by the Association
for Language Awareness with the support of the HKU Constituent Theme
''Languages, Media and Communication: Language in Education and Assessment'' and
the British Council.

The Conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss
and share research, theory and best practice relating to different aspects of
engaging with language. It will address language awareness in the learning and
teaching of languages; in literature; and in broader educational, social,
professional, and cultural dimensions. This is the first ALA Conference to take
place in the Asia-Pacific region, and you are welcome to join us for the event.

Plenary Speakers
Dr Simon Borg, University of Leeds, UK
Dr K. K. Luke, University of Hong Kong, China
Prof David Nunan, University of Hong Kong, China
Prof Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna, Austria

Call for Papers
We welcome proposals for paper presentations, colloquia and posters discussing
research in relation to any areas that fit within the theme of the Conference:
'Engaging with Language'. We also welcome proposals for workshops, sharing good
practices in relation to any areas that fit within the conference theme
(Language of presentation: English, Cantonese or Putonghua). The deadline for
receipt of abstracts is 30 November 2007.

For proposal format and guidelines for submission, please visit the conference
website www.hku.hk/clear/ala for details.
Message 2: Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages
Date: 06-Jun-2007
From: Ulrike Wrobel <wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de>
Subject: Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages



Full Title: Gestures: A Comparison of Signed and Spoken Languages

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Ulrike Wrobel
Meeting Email: wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Aug-2007

Meeting Description
Movements of the hands are an important part of natural communication. Since the
scholarly interest in issues of social interaction and spoken language began to
grow in the 1960s, spoken language linguists and psychologists have described
these parts of language as "gestures". Yet their function appeared to be limited
to accompanying speech: Gestures were analysed as secondary articulation
movements for a long time.
From the beginning of sign language linguistics, however, it was clear that
these ideas would not hold for the movements of the hand used to speak there:
Articulating language by visible movements of the hands is of course elementary
to all signed languages.
In the 80s it was discovered that the communicative potential of manual
movements in spoken language goes further beyond accompanying language: Gestures
were no longer regarded as carrying additive information, but were recognized as
forming a core part of the shared communication process, even as forming part of
language itself. The spreading interest into these properties of gesture
provided grounds for the foundation of the International Gesture Society and the
launching of an interdisciplinary journal called "Gesture".

The workshop intends to focus on the consequences the two modalities afford for
the concept of gestures: How are gestures analysed in signed and spoken
languages? The following topics might be addressed:
- Transcription systems for movements of the hands
- Differences and similarities in movements of the hands in gestures and signs
- The nature of gestures and signs
- Semantic constitution of gestures and signs
- Lexical problems concerning movements of the hands
- Morphophonological and syntactical uses of gestures and signs
- Gestures and signs as cognitive units
- Origo and deixis in signed and spoken languages
- Visual qualities of (narrative) perspectives, positions, viewpoints and
communicative roles.
Other topics are also welcome: The purpose of the workshop is to review the
concept of gesture for spoken and signed language by contrasting them. The
desirable aim of the workshop is a concerted appreciation of common notions,
terms, concepts, approaches and theories.

Abstract Submission Guide
Participants intending to give a talk are kindly requested to send a word
document to the following address: wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de . Presentation
slots are 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes for discussion). All abstracts
should be submitted in English or German. Deaf persons are kindly invited to
apply: Please note which interpreters are needed.

The abstract should not exceed one page and include name and academic title,
academic affiliation, email address and title of the talk. Research questions,
approach, method, central thesis and (expected) results should be specified.
Deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 5, 2008. Abstracts will be
reviewed by all members of the organisational committee. Notification of
acceptance will be sent by November 1, 2008.

Registration Costs and Organisational Help
Since the workshop is part of the Annual Meeting of the German Language Society
(http://www.dgfs.de/cgi-bin/dgfs.pl/main), all participants must register for
the conference. Registration fees are 20 to 50 EUR (depending on your member
status). Please note that by the guidelines of the DGfS speakers are not allowed
to give a talk in more than one workshop that is part of the Annual Meeting.

Bamberg is a World Heritage Site, quoting the official link of Bamberg ''an
outstanding cultural and architectural highlight of every tour through Bavaria,
and also the secret capital of beer!'', see:
http://www.bamberg.info/www_tks/Bamberg_eng_bamberg_info_main_269_90_7_f.htm
For hotel booking visit:
http://www.bamberg.info/www_tks/stayovernight_356_145_7_f.htm
A workshop dinner with more opportunities for intensive discussion will be
planned for February 27, 2008.

Contact
In case of any questions concerning the abstract or the organisation please
contact Ulrike Wrobel (wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen.de).

Organising Committee
Dr. Ulrike Wrobel, Munich (wrobeldaf.uni-muenchen,de)
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller, Berlin (cmuellzedat.fu-berlin.de)
Prof. Dr. Jens Heßmann, Magdeburg (jens.hessmannhs-magdeburg.de)





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