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LINGUIST List 18.1854

Tue Jun 19 2007

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling/Switzerland; General Ling/Germany

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

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        1.    Alexandre Duchene, Changing Societies
        2.    Birgit Waibel, The Linguistics of English: Setting the Agenda

Message 1: Changing Societies
Date: 18-Jun-2007
From: Alexandre Duchene <alexandre.ducheneunibas.ch>
Subject: Changing Societies

Full Title: Changing Societies
Short Title: VALS-ASLA Conference

Date: 07-Feb-2008 - 09-Feb-2008
Location: Lugano, Switzerland
Contact Person: Alexandre Duchêne
Meeting Email: alexandre.ducheneunibas.ch
Web Site: http://www.vals-asla.ch/cms/index.php?id=118

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

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2007

Meeting Description
Call for papers - VALS-ASLA Conference 2008
Changing societies: methodological challenges for applied linguistics

Lugano, USI, Facoltà di Scienze della comunicazione
7-9 February 2008

At a time when societal changes such as the globalisation of spaces, the
circulation of goods, the mobility of individuals, and the spread of new
technologies occupy increased importance in the spheres of social life
(economic, political, educational), questions arise as to the impact of such
changes on linguistic practices, thus presenting a central challenge to the
field of applied linguistics.

The ever increasing mobility of people and circulation of goods in a globalised
marketplace trigger new language needs and practices. Consequently, new
realities are emerging from the contact between contemporary forms of language
and culture, which are tied to migration and trade, as well as computer-mediated
communication practices. The field of applied linguistics is confronted with
these phenomena today, which constitute methodological challenges for our
discipline and raise fundamental questions about our research practices.

The VALS-ASLA conference aims to interrogate these ongoing changes by focusing
specifically on concomitant methodological challenges. In this regard, we invite
all interested scholars to submit papers and panel proposals related to the
following domains:

- Teaching and learning of languages;
- Globalisation and multilingualism;
- Migration, transnationalism and language practices;
- Languages at work;
- Transfer of knowledge.

Call for papers - VALS-ASLA Conference 2008
Changing societies: methodological challenges for applied linguistics

Lugano, USI, Facoltà di Scienze della comunicazione
7-9 February 2008

Plenary speakers
Monica Heller (University of Toronto, Canada)
Scott Jacobs (University of Arizona, United States)
Thérèse Jeanneret (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
Ulrike Hanna Meinhof (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
Bruno Moretti (University of Berne, Switzerland)

Paper presentations and panels
The languages of the conference are French, German, Italian and English.
All information related to the submission of proposals for panel sessions and
papers as well as to practical information (registration costs, accommodation,
travel) are available via: www.vals-asla.ch. For any additional information,
please contact Dr. Alexandre Duchêne (alexandre.ducheneunibas.ch).

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30 September 2007

Organizing committee
Alexandre Duchêne (Universität Basel)
Aleksandra Gnach (Zürcher Hochschule Winterthur)
Andrea Rocci (Università della Svizzera italiana)
Daniel Stotz (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich)
Message 2: The Linguistics of English: Setting the Agenda
Date: 18-Jun-2007
From: Birgit Waibel <birgitwaibelhotmail.com>
Subject: The Linguistics of English: Setting the Agenda

Full Title: The Linguistics of English: Setting the Agenda
Short Title: ISLE

Date: 08-Oct-2008 - 11-Oct-2008
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Contact Person: Christian Mair
Meeting Email: isle2008anglistik.uni-freiburg.de

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2007

Meeting Description:

ISLE, the International Society for the Linguistics of English, and the
English Department of the University of Freiburg are pleased to announce
the society's inaugural conference. Its aim is both to explore the role
that descriptions of English can play in the development of linguistic
theories and to explore ways in which current theoretical approaches can be
made fruitful for the description of English. We invite linguists of all
theoretical persuasions to submit proposals for papers and poster
presentations which deal with aspects of the structure and the use of English.

The following keynote speakers have agreed to participate:

Bas Aarts (UCL, London): [title to be announced]
David Crystal (Bangor): ''The public understanding of linguistics''
Olga Fischer (Amsterdam): ''The importance of analogy in language
acquisition and change''
Raj Mesthrie (Cape Town): ''The sociophonetics of English in post-apartheid
South Africa''
John Rickford (Stanford): [not yet confirmed]
Elizabeth Traugott (Stanford): Presidential address
Anna Wierzbicka (ANU, Canberra): ''NSM Semantics and corpus linguistics:
Unlocking the meanings of English collocations''

In line with the keynote speakers' research emphases, we envisage a
programme of contributions taking shape around the following major areas of

- the study of spoken English: transcription, corpus technology
- new approaches to the study of variation and change
- linguistic theory/ linguistic description
- web-based linguistics: ''caveat googlator''?
- linguistic theory and the history of English
- the linguist and the public: (mis)communication and the popular
understanding of linguistics

We explicitly welcome proposals for further thematic sections, especially
from colleagues willing to take responsibility in organising them.

If you are interested in attending and/ or contributing to the conference,
please return the completed pre-registration form below by 31 October 2007.
You will be notified of the acceptance of your contribution by 30 November
2007, when official registration will start and detailed information about
travel and accommodation will be provided.

- e-mail: isle2008anglistik.uni-freiburg.de
- fax: +49+761-203-3367
- post: ISLE 2008
Englisches Seminar
Universität Freiburg
D-79085 Freiburg

Proposals for papers or poster presentations should be accompanied by an
abstract of not more than three hundred words in length. Participants
planning panels and workshops should contact either or both of the
organisers (bernd.kortmannanglistik.uni-freiburg.de;

We look forward to seeing you in Freiburg in 2008.

Bernd Kortmann, Christian Mair (on behalf of the English Department of the
University of Freiburg)
Elizabeth Traugott (on behalf of the ISLE executive)

8-11 October 2008
Freiburg, Germany

Pre-registration form:

First name(s):
E-mail address:

I would like to attend the conference (delete as appropriate):


I would like to present a paper titled:

I would like to present a poster titled:

Abstract (max. 300 words):

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