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LINGUIST List 18.2775

Tue Sep 25 2007

Calls: General Ling/USA; General Ling/USA

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


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        1.    Amy Campbell, Berkeley Linguistics Society
        2.    Melissa Dezendorf, Creole Heritage Conference 2008


Message 1: Berkeley Linguistics Society
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Amy Campbell <amycampbellberkeley.edu>
Subject: Berkeley Linguistics Society
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Full Title: Berkeley Linguistics Society
Short Title: BLS

Date: 08-Feb-2008 - 10-Feb-2008
Location: Berkeley, California, USA
Contact Person: Amy Campbell
Meeting Email: blsberkeley.edu
Web Site: http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/BLS/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2007

Meeting Description

The 34th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society will take place at
the University of California, Berkeley on February 8-10, 2008. The meeting will
consist of a General Session, a Parasession, and a Special Session.

General Session

The General Session will cover all areas of linguistic interest. We encourage
proposals from diverse theoretical frameworks and also welcome papers on
language-related topics from disciplines such as anthropology, cognitive
science, literature, neuroscience, and psychology.

Invited Speakers:
- Sharon Inkelas, UC Berkeley
- Maria Polinsky, Harvard University

Parasession: Information Structure

The Parasession will explore information structure and its relationship to the
syntactic, semantic, phonological, and pragmatic components of the grammar. We
invite abstracts from any cognitive, functional, or generative framework, as
well as those that deal with processing or computational approaches. Submissions
that introduce new data from understudied languages are especially welcome.

Invited Speakers:
- Daniel Buring, UCLA
- Craige Roberts, The Ohio State University

Special Session: Pidgins, Creoles, and Mixed Languages

The Special Session will focus on pidgin, creole, and mixed languages. We
welcome abstracts on all aspects of these languages, including syntax,
semantics, phonology, phonetics, morphology, pragmatics, typology, historical
development, sociolinguistics, and language contact.

Invited Speakers:
- Salikoko Mufwene, University of Chicago
- Silvia Kouwenberg, University of the West Indies

Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Abstracts must be received electronically by:

5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Thursday, 15 November 2007

No late submissions can be accepted. Authors will be notified of (non)acceptance
by mid-December.

Guidelines: An author may submit at most one single and one joint abstract. In
the case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for communication
with BLS. Abstracts should be as specific as possible, with a statement of
topic, approach, and conclusions, and must fit on one page in 12-point font with
1'' margins. So that the review process may remain anonymous, authors should not
include their names or otherwise reveal their identity anywhere on this page.
Data and examples must be given within the body of the text rather than at the
end, though references may be included on a separate page if necessary.

Submissions: All abstracts must be submitted electronically as PDF documents.
Further instructions for electronic submissions are available on the BLS
website: http://www.linguistics.berkeley.edu/BLS/

Presentation and Publication: Presentations are allotted 20 minutes plus 10
minutes for questions. Presented papers are published in the BLS Proceedings.
Authors agree to provide camera-ready copy (up to 12 pages) by 15 May 2008.

Registration Information: All attendees, including presenters, must register for
the conference. For advance registration, we can accept only checks or money
orders drawn on US banks in US dollars, made payable to the Berkeley Linguistics
Society.

The registration fee, if received in our office by 31 January 2008, is:

Students $20
Non-students $40

The fee for on-site registration or registrations received after 31 January 2008 is:

Students $25
Non-students $55

Send advance registration to the address below.

BLS 34 Registration
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Linguistics
1203 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2650

BLS will arrange ASL interpretation if requested before 1 December 2007.

Please check our website at http://www.linguistics.berkeley.edu/BLS/ for
updates. The conference schedule will be posted in January. Questions may be
directed by e-mail to blsberkeley.edu.
Message 2: Creole Heritage Conference 2008
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Melissa Dezendorf <dezendorfmnsula.edu>
Subject: Creole Heritage Conference 2008
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Full Title: Creole Heritage Conference 2008

Date: 31-Jul-2008 - 03-Aug-2008
Location: St. Charles, Illinois, USA
Contact Person: Janet Colson
Meeting Email: colsonjnsula.edu
Web Site: http://www.nsula.edu/creole

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

The Creole Heritage Conference 2008 seeks proposals from academic, professional,
and community researchers on the topic 'Documenting Creole Language and
Culture.' While the primary focus of the conference is on the Creole people and
culture of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, we also welcome contributions that
examine the broader context of Creole societies to which Louisiana belongs. In
addition to individual papers, we encourage submission of proposals for panels
consisting of three or four papers organized around a coherent theme and that
include a panel chair. The organizers reserve the right to make changes in the
overall configuration of panels. This conference will be held at the Pheasant
Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, outside of Chicago. Attendees will be a mix
of researchers and Creole constituents who all share a common interest of Creole
culture and language.

''Documenting Creole Language and Culture''
Conference Dates: July 31-August 3, 2008
Location: Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois (just outside of Chicago)

Although language is an essential part of everyday life, few people regularly
consider how vital human speech is to the transmission of thoughts and ideas.
Multiple studies have shown the strong link between language and culture;
language determines how its native speakers view the world. Language allows us
to share ideas, teach children about their heritage, and gives us a way to
disseminate our cultural ideals.

Since language remains such a fundamental part of culture, the theme for the
2008 Creole Heritage Conference is ''Documenting Creole Language and Culture.''
The Creole Heritage Conference strives to bring together Creole cultural
constituents and researchers to share knowledge within a relaxed setting. This
unique event draws participants from across the country who have a desire to
preserve and promote Creole culture. The Creole Heritage Conference seeks
presentation proposals from academics, professional and community researchers
who have undertaken studies in any area that relates language to a cultural
component. This conference will combine a substantial scholarly component with
community-oriented activities (family history exhibits, genealogy workshops, and
city tours.)

In preparation for the scholarly component of the conference, we are issuing
this call for proposals on any topic relating to Creole people, culture, and
language. While the primary focus of the conference is on the Creole people and
culture of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, we also welcome contributions that
examine the broader context of Creole societies to which Louisiana belongs.

In addition to individual papers, we encourage submission of proposals for
panels consisting of three or four papers organized around a coherent theme and
that include a panel chair. The organizers reserve the right to make changes in
the overall configuration of panels.

Some topics of interest may include but are not restricted to:
Food names and the Creole culture
Place names in the natural environment
Music as a way of language transmission
Passing language on to the next generation of Creole children
Oral history documentation of Creole elders
Origins of Creole languages and dialects
Language in literature
Terminology of traditional occupations
Language and Community
Origins of specialized terms for material culture
Geographic analysis of Creole languages
Endangered language research methods
Linguistic studies of Creole French

Please note that all presentations will be limited to 20 minutes with 10 minutes
for questions and answers. Presenters are required to pay the conference
registration fee and are welcome to become Creole Heritage Center Members.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: January 15, 2008
Notification of Acceptance: February 15, 2008

Preferred Form of Submission: Send your abstract (500 words or less) as an email
attachment in Word format to colsonjnsula.edu. Within the body of the email
message (but not on the attachment page containing the abstract), please provide
the title of your submission as well as your name, institutional affiliation (if
any), and full contact information, including mailing address, telephone and fax
numbers, and email address.

Alternative form of submission: Send a hard copy of your abstract (500 words or
less) to Janet Colson, Louisiana Creole Heritage Center, Northwestern State
University, NSU Box 5675, Natchitoches, LA 71497. On a separate sheet of paper
from your abstract, please provide the title of your submission as well as your
name, institutional affiliation (if any), and full contact information,
including mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and email address.



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