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LINGUIST List 18.2216

Mon Jul 23 2007

Calls: Applied,General Ling/Italy; Lang Acquisition/South Africa

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

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        1.    Margherita Ulrych, Native and Non-Native English Mediated Discourse
        2.    Jean Crawford, Acquisition of African Languages 2008

Message 1: Native and Non-Native English Mediated Discourse
Date: 23-Jul-2007
From: Margherita Ulrych <margherita.ulrychunicatt.it>
Subject: Native and Non-Native English Mediated Discourse
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Full Title: Native and Non-Native English Mediated Discourse
Short Title: MeDisc

Date: 14-Feb-2008 - 16-Feb-2008
Location: Verona, Italy
Contact Person: Pierfranca Forchini
Meeting Email: symposium.globeng-contactunicatt.it
Web Site: http://profs.lingue.univr.it/globeng/satellite.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Translation

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 30-Sep-2007

Meeting Description:

Within the Contact project for the study of translation and communication
transfer across cultures, The Department of English Studies of the Catholic
University of Milan is pleased to announce a satellite symposium on Native and
Non-Native English Mediated Discourse and the changing English language.

The satellite symposium will be held in Verona within the GlobEng: International
Conference on Global English (14-16 February 2008)

The aim of the symposium, organized in three sessions, is to provide a forum for
the presentation of research related to the role of English as a Lingua Franca
with specific regard to the concept of mediated discourse.

There is an increasing awareness that specific mechanisms are at work in the
mediation process, which influence the kind of language used and the text which
is produced. This is particularly evident when English is used as a Lingua
Franca within international academic, institutional and professional settings
where native-speakers are a minority. Two scenarios emerge: on the one hand,
English as a Lingua Franca is subject to change because of non-native speaker
influence; on the other, native speakers still exercise their control on
acceptability and accuracy, as, for instance, in the editing of international
academic and scientific articles or the final drafting of EU documents in
English. Interestingly enough, however, even in this latter context, an osmotic
process seems to be underway as features of international English find their way
unobtrusively into the final texts, escaping the notice of the native-speaking
custodians of English.

Papers are encouraged which address the following topics:
Non-native speaker influence on the changing English language
Centrifugal and centripetal forces in mediated discourse
Translation quality assessment and native English expectancy norms
Translation Universals - State of the Art
Medium-specific variations of mediated English
Lingua Franca English and editing practices in academic, institutional and
professional settings
Hybridity in mediated discourse

Invited Speakers to the GlobEng conference:
David Crystal, Adrian Holliday, Jennifer Jenkins, Alan Maley, Barbara Seidlhofer
and Simon Sweeney.

Contributions are invited for 20-minute presentations (plus discussion).


- Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length (references excluded);
- They should be anonymous and will be subject to anonymous peer-review;
- They should be sent as email attachments (preferably in pdf format or rtf) in
Times New Roman pt.12 or equivalent font, single-spaced to:
- To assist the reviewing process, please list up to 5 keywords in the email
- Subject line of the email should be GlobEng_Contact and abstract title;
- Email message should include: Talk Title, Author's Name(s), Title(s),
Affiliation(s), Contact Info (email address, postal address, telephone number,
fax number).

Submission deadline: September 30, 2007
Notification of Acceptance: November 30, 2007

For further information:
Contact the organizers at symposium.globeng-contactunicatt.it
Message 2: Acquisition of African Languages 2008
Date: 23-Jul-2007
From: Jean Crawford <jeanerzgmail.com>
Subject: Acquisition of African Languages 2008
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Full Title: Acquisition of African Languages 2008
Short Title: AAL 2008

Date: 21-Jan-2008 - 22-Jan-2008
Location: Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Contact Person: Jill DeVilliers
Meeting Email: jdevilliemail.smith.edu
Web Site: http://jeanerz.com/AAL2008

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Language Family(ies): Narrow Bantu

Call Deadline: 30-Jul-2007

Meeting Description

Acquisition of African Languages with a special interest in the national
languages of South Africa.


The submission deadline is July 30th, 2007. To submit, please email
abstracts to Peter deVilliers at pdevilliemail.smith.edu.

We will be accepting one-page (max. 300 words) anonymous abstracts with
title only

The anonymous abstract should be sent as an attachment.

In the body of the email, please include:

- title
- name
- affiliation
- address
- email address

We expect decisions to be made by September 1st, 2007 to allow time for
travel arrangements.


A certain number of rooms in a University student residence will be
available for the duration of the conference at a very reasonable cost for
bed and breakfast. Information will be updated on the website as information
is made available.


Sandile Gxilishe, University of Capetown - sandile.gxilisheuct.ac.za
Marianna Visser, University of Stellenbosch - mwvsun.ac.za
Maggie Tshule, University of Witwatersrand - maggietnetactive.co.za
Peter and Jill de Villiers, Smith College, USA - pdevilliemail.smith.edu,

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