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LINGUIST List 18.3331

Sun Nov 11 2007

Calls: General Ling/Turkey; Anthropological,Historical Ling/Spain

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

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        1.    Meral Seker, Stepping over Thresholds
        2.    Javier Diaz, Social Networks and English Sociohistorical Linguistics

Message 1: Stepping over Thresholds
Date: 11-Nov-2007
From: Meral Seker <sekermcu.edu.tr>
Subject: Stepping over Thresholds
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Full Title: Stepping over Thresholds
Short Title: SOTC

Date: 24-Apr-2008 - 25-Apr-2008
Location: Adana, Turkey
Contact Person: Meral Seker
Meeting Email: sekermcu.edu.tr
Web Site: http://kongreler.cu.edu.tr/yadim/default_en.asp

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 04-Feb-2008

Meeting Description

Since each transition allows a person to communicate with greater complexity and
flexibility, we believe that a complete understanding of what our learners go
through will lead to efficient teaching strategies and practice in ELT.

As Çukurova University, Centre for Foreign Languages, we would like to invite
you to the Conference ''Stepping over Thresholds: Transitions in English
Language Learning and Teaching''. The theme of the conference is intended to
explore major transitions occurring throughout the process of learning to
communicate in a foreign/second language. Focusing on transitions such as moving
from high school to university, prep school to faculties, from classroom
learning to e-learning, from note-taking to academic writing/reading and so
forth, we aim to link emergent theoretical and research approaches to issues in
language education, use of technology in language teaching, language testing,
language policy and planning, and other traditional areas of concern.

Since each transition allows a person to communicate with greater complexity and
flexibility, we believe that a complete understanding of what our learners go
through will lead to efficient teaching strategies and practice in ELT.
Message 2: Social Networks and English Sociohistorical Linguistics
Date: 11-Nov-2007
From: Javier Diaz <Javierenrique.diazuclm.es>
Subject: Social Networks and English Sociohistorical Linguistics
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Full Title: Social Networks and English Sociohistorical Linguistics
Short Title: 1SNESL

Date: 24-Apr-2008 - 25-Apr-2008
Location: Almagro, Ciudad Real, Spain
Contact Person: Javier Diaz
Meeting Email: Javierenrique.diazuclm.es
Web Site: http://www.uclm.es/actividades0708/congresos/sederi/snesl.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical
Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2008

Meeting Description

This workshop focuses on applications of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to the
sociohistorical analysis of the English language. SNA was first introduced to
sociolinguistics by a study of the Belfast vernacular carried out by Lesley and
James Milroy in 1975 (Milroy 1987). Subsequently, the article 'Linguistic
Change, Social Network and Speaker Innovation' (Milroy and Milroy 1985) and
James Milroy's Linguistic Variation and Change (Milroy 1992) introduced an
historical focus by examining the implications of social network analysis for
theories of language change.

Social Network Analysis and English Sociohistorical Linguistics

According to Milroy (1987: 178), 'since all speakers everywhere contract
informal social relationships, the network concept is in principle capable of
universal application.' It seems thus likely that social networks existed in the
past as well as in the present. It should therefore be possible to identify
social networks in any historical period and investigate how these networks can
be related to processes of language innovation and the diffusion.

Given the increasing interest in describing the history of English from the
perspective of social network analysis, this workshop attempts to illustrate
some of the potentials of this new approach. The list of questions that can be
addressed here includes (Tieken 2000):

To what extent can Milroy's network strength scale be applied as a tool for
measuring network strength in the past?

How do we define the notion of the vernacular with respect to older stages of

How far back in time can we go and still apply social network analysis as a
useful research tool?

Once potential linguistic innovators and early adopters have been identified,
how can we study the spread of linguistic change (a) from one network to another
and (b) within a network?

How can the integrated research model incorporating social stratification and
social network analysis as advocated by the Milroys be made to apply to the
study of older forms of English?

How can the conflict model discussed by Milroy (1987) be employed in studying
and describing linguistic change?

Structure of the Session

The workshop will consist of:

(1) presentations of the workshop,
(2) presentation of the selected short plenary lectures (30 minutes plus
(3) two long plenary lectures (50 minutes plus discussion) by invited speakers, and
(4) general discussion.

Call for abstracts

We invite abstracts of max. 500 words for 20-minute presentations in the three
areas described below. Your abstract should contain:

- The title of the presentation
- Your name(s), affiliation(s) and e-mail address(es)
- The research question(s) that you address
- A discussion of the methodology
- A description of the data
- A summary of the obtained results

Abstracts should be sent to the general conference address
(congreso.sederiuclm.es) before January 31, 2008. The organization will cover
the inscription and lodging expenses for those participants whose papers are
accepted for the 1st SNESL workshop.


Deadline call for abstracts:
Notification of acceptance/rejection of abstracts:
Workshop: January 31, 2008
February 28, 2008
April 24, 2008


James Milroy, Linguistic Variation and Change (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992).

James Milroy and Lesley Milroy, 'Linguistic Change, Social Network and Speaker
Innovation', Journal of Linguistics 21 (1985), 339-84.

Lesley Milroy, Language and Social Networks, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1987
[1st ed. 1980]).

Lesley Milroy, 'Interpreting the Role of Extralinguistic Variables in Linguistic
Variation and Change', in Nonstandard Varieties of Language, eds. Gunnel
Melchers and Nils-Lennart Johannesson (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1994),
131-45, p.133.

Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade, 'Social Network Analysis and the History of
English', European Journal of English Studies 4.3 (2000), 211-216.

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