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LINGUIST List 18.2385

Fri Aug 10 2007

Calls: Applied Ling/Taiwan; Historical Ling/Germany

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

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        1.    Chao-chih Liao, 2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics
        2.    Juerg Fleischer, Comparing Diachronies

Message 1: 2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics
Date: 10-Aug-2007
From: Chao-chih Liao <ccliaodragon.nchu.edu.tw>
Subject: 2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics
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Full Title: 2nd International Conference on Applied Linguistics
Short Title: 2nd ICAL

Date: 23-Oct-2008 - 26-Oct-2008
Location: Chiayi County, Taiwan
Contact Person: Chao-chih Liao
Meeting Email: ncyu2008.icalgmail.com
Web Site: http://web.ncyu.edu.tw/~chaochih/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 25-Dec-2007

Meeting Description:

Applied Linguistics: Global and Domestic Perspectives

Second International Conference on Applied Linguistics (2nd ICAL)
NCYU 2008 International Conference on Applied Linguistics (NCYU 2008 ICAL)

Date: Thursday-Sunday, October 23-26, 2008
Location: Minhsiung Campus, National Chiayi University
Host: Department of Foreign Languages
Contact Person: Chao-chih Liao
Meeting Email: ncyu2008.icalgmail.com
URL: http://web.ncyu.edu.tw/~chaochih/

Deadline for abstract sending: December 25, 2007
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2008
Pre-conference full paper due (10 pages for pre-conference CD/DVD collection):
June 1, 2008
Post-conference full paper due: December 31, 2008

Theme: Applied Linguistics, Global and Domestic Perspectives

Description of theme-related focus:

Second ICAL will be held at National Chiayi University, Taiwan, on October
23-26, 2008.
We welcome panel or individual papers related to the theme:

A: language policy and planning in the communities of new citizens and
aboriginal peoples in Taiwan
B: verbal and non-verbal humor
C: language functions and applications
D: macro- and micro-solinguistics
E: spoken discourse socialization, socialization in and through language, spoken
discourse socialization, negotiation of different discourses
F: meaning construction, negotiation and understanding
G: pragmatics,
H: gender
I: religion
J: interface of phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, communications
K: translation and interpretation
L: pedagogy, ESP, EAP, and so on.

Please send abstracts (in both .doc and .pdf files; one A4 single-space page
only with one inch margins on all sides) on any topic relating to the above to
Only electronic submission is considered. Each paper will be given 20 minutes
for delivery, 10 minutes for discussion.

Language of Presentation: English or any other language able to attract
attendees to listen, except Mandarin or Taiwanese (examples are allowed to be in
Mandarin or Taiwanese)

In your .doc abstract please include the messages of (title of presentation,
your name, email account, department, affiliation, abstract, and finally 50-word
bio-data, in the order).

In your .pdf abstract, please include the messages of (title of presentation,
your name, email account, department, affiliation, and abstract in the order).
No 50-word bio-data on the pdf file.

Keynote Speakers:
(to be announced)

National Chiayi University is three-hour bus and train distance from Kaohsiung
Airport or CKS Airport in Taipei. We plan to have transportation details in a
pdf file for international participants.

The full paper will be peer-reviewed for publication in Post-conference
Proceedings published by DFL, NCYU.

Looking forward to seeing you in Chiayi, Taiwan in October, 2008.
Message 2: Comparing Diachronies
Date: 09-Aug-2007
From: Juerg Fleischer <jfleischerstaff.hu-berlin.de>
Subject: Comparing Diachronies
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Full Title: Comparing Diachronies

Date: 27-Feb-2008 - 29-Feb-2008
Location: Bamberg, Germany
Contact Person: Juerg Fleischer
Meeting Email: jfleischerstaff.hu-berlin.de

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2007

Meeting Description

Comparing Diachronies
Workshop as part of the 29th Annual Meeting of the German Society
for Linguistics (DGfS) at the University of Bamberg, Germany
(27th-29th February, 2008)

Assessing the relative importance of internal and external factors is of
paramount importance for any theory of language change. While it is the aim of
the study of internal factors to identify correlations between diachronic
developments belonging to different subsystems (e.g., loss of case morphology
entails fixation of word order), in studying external factors one tries to
establish the influence of language contact, normative settings, etc. However,
explanations of actual language change phenomena often stick to their particular
problems. Only rarely do researchers attempt at generalizations that go beyond
individual cases. Thus, in our view one central question for any theory of
language change is:
Couldn't things have developed in an entirely different way?
Our workshop ''Comparing Diachronies'' tries to fill a gap: By comparing various
diachronic developments we hope to identify differences and divergences that
allow for generalizable insights with respect to the functioning and
implementation of linguistic change.
In this perspective, research topics such as the following become interesting:
- In the history of English (similar in French), older tendencies to use
verb-second were given up, whereas in German the original tendency eventually
led to the generalization of verb-second in main clauses.
- In High German the tense system was reduced, whereas Low German reduced its
mood system.
- Only in High German do we find affricates, a class of phonemes foreign to
other West Germanic languages.
- In some Romance languages (e.g. Spanish), animate direct objects are marked
with the preposition normally used with indirect objects, a development which is
completely unknown in other Romance languages (e.g. French).
- Punjabi and Marathi have reduced the original Indo-Aryan ergative marking on
some personal pronouns (Bengali and Sinhala have done so completely), while in
other languages (e.g. Hindi/Urdu and Nepali) these pronouns have retained their
ergative morphology.
- Some Nakh-Dagestan languages have a phoneme system with only three vowels
(e.g. Avar dialects), whereas others display as many as 33 vowels (e.g. Chechen).

We invite contributions discussing language change phenomena of all linguistic
subsystems in a comparative perspective. Papers relating to different dialects
of a single language or to different languages of a larger genetic entity are as
welcome as work comparing developments in unrelated languages. Contributions
focusing on theoretical accounts or on modeling language change are especially

There will be talks in 30 and 60 minute slots, including discussion time. Note
that contributors can present only one paper at the DGfS Annual Meeting as a
whole. Conference languages are English and German. Please send an anonymous
abstract of max. 500 words, as a Word- or pdf- file, to
by Aug 20th, 2007.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by email in September.

For further information please contact:
Jürg Fleischer staff.hu-berlin.de> or
Horst Simon kcl.ac.uk>

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