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LINGUIST List 18.2827

Fri Sep 28 2007

Calls: General Ling/USA; Discourse Analysis/France

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

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        1.    Cynthia Clopper, Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
        2.    Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy, 7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law

Message 1: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
Date: 28-Sep-2007
From: Cynthia Clopper <clopper.1osu.edu>
Subject: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
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Full Title: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan

Date: 02-May-2008 - 03-May-2008
Location: Columbus OH, USA
Contact Person: Cynthia Clopper
Meeting Email: springsymling.osu.edu
Web Site: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 18-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

The Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University will host a symposium
entitled Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan on May 2-3, 2008. The
symposium will bring together scholars from linguistics and related disciplines,
including psychology, speech and hearing sciences, and anthropology, to examine
variability as a fundamental property of human language at all life stages. The
symposium will focus on questions about the sources of linguistic variability at
each life stage and the implications of these sources of variability for
language processing, acquisition, perception, and social identity construction.
For example, in early childhood, how does variability relate to the acquisition
process? In adulthood, how does stylistic variation mark membership in
communities centered around work or leisure? In later life, how do physical
changes in the vocal tract contribute to linguistic and social sources of
variability? By bringing together scholars interested in acquisition, stylistic
variation, and aging, this symposium will also provide the opportunity to extend
research questions beyond their typical life stage. For example, how does
language acquisition continue beyond childhood? How could we view adulthood as
characterized as much by variability and transition as other life stages?

The symposium will include invited talks by:
Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
Carla Hudson Kam, University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin Munson, University of Minnesota
Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania

We invite abstracts for contributed talks on research examining variation at all
levels of linguistic representation in infants, children, adolescents, and
adults. We hope that the final symposium program will represent a wide range of
approaches to linguistic varability from infancy through late life, including
formal, experimental, computational, sociolinguistic, developmental, and
historical perspectives.

Contributed talks will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions.

Abstracts of at most 500 words should be submitted as an email attachment to
springsymling.osu.edu in pdf (preferred) or Word format by January 18, 2008.
Please include only the title and text of the abstract in the attachment. The
authors' names, affiliations, and postal and email addresses should be included
in the text of the email.

Please email springsymling.osu.edu if you have any questions.
Message 2: 7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law
Date: 28-Sep-2007
From: Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy <sofiecacciaguidieircom.net>
Subject: 7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law
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Full Title: 7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law
Short Title: IRSL 2008

Date: 01-Jul-2008 - 04-Jul-2008
Location: Université du Littoral, Côte d'Opale, Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Contact Person: Sophie Cacciaguidi-Fahy
Meeting Email: sofiecacciaguidieircom.net
Web Site: http://www.univ-littoral.fr/irsl2008

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 15-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

Conference Overview: We are at a significant juncture in the progress of law and
semiotics, with the first publication of the bilingual International Journal of
Law and Semiotics/ Revue Internationale de Droit et Semiotique twenty years ago
in February 1988. The 2008 Round Table for the Semiotics of Law aims to
investigate the work of those who have theorised law and semiotics in ways that
have helped to change, improve our understanding of the law, its institutions,
traditions and processes; and to further the growth of the study of semiotics in
the law. It is hoped that this Round Table will provide opportunities to reflect
on the key concepts of the past, so as to better understand what the future
holds for the study of law and semiotics.

The Round Table will feature a keynote address by Professor Bernard Jackson,
Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and one of the early pioneers of law
and semiotics. Professor Jackson is the author of Semiotics and Legal Theory
(1985), Law, Fact and Narrative Coherence (1988); Making Sense in Law (1995);
Making Sense in Jurisprudence (1996) and Studies in the Semiotics of Biblical
Law (2000).

Call for Papers

''The Promise of Legal Semiotics''

7th International Round Table for the Semiotics of Law

Topics to be explored include the central debates in legal semiotics and the
progress/key developments in the last decade; how we acquire knowledge in the
field including the role of different research 'approaches'; method, methodology
and epistemology in legal semiotics; the relevant contribution of different
theoretical traditions in legal semiotics; new approaches to studying legal
texts and legal discourse in different legal cultures; the promises and limits
of deconstructionism in studying the law, legal cultures; the political and/or
ideological uses of particular approaches in legal semiotics.

Call for Papers - Deadline February 15th: Abstracts in either English or French
(max. 300 words) should be sent only by e-mail to IRSL2008univ-littoral.fr
Decisions will be made by early April.

In the interest of a cohesive round table, prospective participants are
requested to adhere to the theme as outlined in the call for papers.

Selected conference papers will be published in a special annual issue of the
International Journal of Law and Semiotics/ Revue Internationale de Droit et
Semiotique (http://www.springer.com)

For further information on the call for papers, see
http://www.univ-littoral.fr/irsl2008 or contact sofiecacciaguidieircom.net

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