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LINGUIST List 18.2360

Wed Aug 08 2007

Calls: Applied Ling,Pragmatics,Socioling/Austria; Socioling/USA

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


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        1.    Eric Anchimbe, (Post)colonial reality on the fringes of linguistics
        2.    Juan Antonio Thomas, 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics


Message 1: (Post)colonial reality on the fringes of linguistics
Date: 08-Aug-2007
From: Eric Anchimbe <anchimbe_ericyahoo.com>
Subject: (Post)colonial reality on the fringes of linguistics
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Full Title: (Post)colonial reality on the fringes of linguistics
Short Title: KCTOS workshop

Date: 06-Dec-2007 - 09-Dec-2008
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact Person: Eric Anchimbe
Meeting Email: anchimbe_ericyahoo.com
Web Site: http://www.inst.at/kctos/sektionen_a-f/anchimbe.htm

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

Call Deadline: 28-Aug-2008

Meeting Description

The workshop 'Re-writing Linguistic History - (Post)colonial Reality on the
Fringes of Linguistic Theories' will be held at the upcoming INST-conference on
the theme 'Knowledge, Creativity and Transformations of Societies (KCTOS)' in
Vienna, 6th-9th December 2007.

The workshop seeks to reassert the place of (post)colonial reality within
linguistic theories, which unfortunately were designed for other contexts but
have been applied to these contexts without a conscious regard for discrepancies.

Papers that approach the issue from quantitative and qualitative perspectives
and/or introduce alternative analytical frameworks are welcome.

Send abstracts to Eric A. Anchimbe at anchimbe_ericyahoo.com
Deadline: August 28th, 2007.

Re-writing Linguistic History - (Post)colonial Reality on the Fringes of
Linguistic Theories

For the past several decades, linguistic studies of (post)colonial societies
have been built on theories, platforms, templates and frameworks constructed in,
and for, the west. As Franz Boas rightly said at the turn of the last century,
''the internal structure of languages and societies must be allowed to emerge on
their own, without the distorting imposition of European templates upon them''
(see Handbook of American Indian Languages). The distorting impact of foreign
models, as the case may be, prohibited researchers from investigating peculiar
characteristics of these societies as outcomes of their sociohistorical
completeness. For instance, Africa's multilingualism has often been described on
a par with European multilingualism. This is theoretically misleading because
whereas European multilingualism involves several written languages, the African
context involves only one (or two) written languages existing alongside oral
languages founded on oral cultures and transmitted orally. It is about time
more natural and region-based findings were made that handle postcolonial areas
not as being on the fringes of the west but as constituting centres of their own.

This section of the KCTOS conference (December 6-9, 2007) addresses the
following (and more) linguistic issues in postcolonial areas that have been
studied with foreign-based theories:

1. Postcolonial linguistics (how colonialism rolled the dice in approaches to,
and conceptions of, languages in these contexts)
2. Postcolonial pragmatics (face, politeness, turn-taking, name-calling, etc.)
3. Notions of bilingualism and multilingualism (oral vs. written languages and
cultures)
4. Construction of (multiple) linguistic identities (allegiance to languages)
5. Endangerment(?) and survival of indigenous languages in the face of
international (official) languages like English and French.
6. Language contact and (socio)linguistic outcomes

Papers with strong insights into the above topics and related ones are invited.
Priority will be given to papers that propose new (and promising) analytical
frameworks to particular linguistic processes in postcolonial areas.
Quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome.

NB: Papers will be published in TRANS 17
(http://www.inst.at/trans/index.htm).
Selected papers will be published as a book.

Send abstracts to Eric A. Anchimbe at anchimbe_ericyahoo.com by August 28th, 2007.
Message 2: 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
Date: 07-Aug-2007
From: Juan Antonio Thomas <juantomas329yahoo.com>
Subject: 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
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Full Title: 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
Short Title: WSS4

Date: 17-Apr-2008 - 18-Apr-2008
Location: Albany, New York, USA
Contact Person: Juan Antonio Thomas
Meeting Email: wss4albany.edu
Web Site: http://www.albany.edu/~jt0048/wss4.html

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

The 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS4) will be held
at the University at Albany on April 17 and 18, 2008.

Call for Papers

The 4th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics (WSS4) will be held
at the University at Albany on April 17 and 18, 2008. Abstracts for
presentations based on original sociolinguistic research analyzing Spanish data
or data from contact situations between Spanish and other languages are
requested for 20 minute presentations and poster sessions. Abstracts should be
attached to an email message sent to the following address (wss4albany.edu);
they must be anonymous and should not exceed 500 words in length. Please include
the name and the affiliation of the author(s) in the body of the email message.
Authors should indicate whether they would like to be considered for a
presentation, poster, or both. The deadline for abstract submission is November
30, 2007. Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent shortly thereafter.
Selected papers will be published by Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Further
information is available at http://www.albany.edu/~jt0048/wss4.html



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