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LINGUIST List 19.1028

Fri Mar 28 2008

Calls: General Ling/Netherlands; General Ling/Malaysia

Editor for this issue: F. Okki Kurniawan <okkilinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Ben Hermans, Umlaut in West Germanic Dialects
        2.    Normala Othman, Modified: English and Asia: First International Conference 2008

Message 1: Umlaut in West Germanic Dialects
Date: 28-Mar-2008
From: Ben Hermans <ben.hermansmeertens.knaw.nl>
Subject: Umlaut in West Germanic Dialects
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Full Title: Umlaut in West Germanic Dialects

Date: 12-Jun-2008 - 12-Jun-2008
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact Person: Ben Hermans
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Language Family(ies): Germanic

Call Deadline: 02-May-2008

Meeting Description:

On June 12th 2008 the Meertens Institute organizes a Workshop on theoretical aspects of West Germanic Umlaut.

Call for Papers

Umlaut in West Germanic Dialects

We welcome papers on all aspects of this phenomenon, but we are particularly interested in those aspects that have a bearing on theoretical issues, be it in the domain of either phonology, morphology or syntax, such as:
- what is the representation of umlaut, feature-wise and process-wise?
- what is the trigger of the process of umlaut?
- how does umlaut interfere with prosodic structure?
- how does umlaut interfere with segmental structure?
- how can umlaut as a morphological process be accounted for?
- how does umlaut interact with morphosyntax?
These issues can be discussed from a historical and/or a synchronic dialectological perspective.
The presentations will be allotted 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Further information:
Abstracts may not exceed 2 pages, including examples and references. It is allowed to specify your name, affiliation and email address on the abstract.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts is May 2nd 2008.
Notification of acceptance is May 6th 2008.

Organizers of the Workshop:
Ben Hermans; ben.hermansmeertens.knaw.nl
Marc van Oostendorp; marc.van.oostendorpmeertens.knaw.nl
Marjoleine Sloos; marjoleine.sloosmeertens.knaw.nl

Abstracts should be submitted as PDF documents and can be sent to any of these three addresses.

More information about the workshop will become available on the website of the Meertens Institute:

Message 2: Modified: English and Asia: First International Conference 2008
Date: 27-Mar-2008
From: Normala Othman <normalaoyahoo.com>
Subject: Modified: English and Asia: First International Conference 2008
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Full Title: Modified: English and Asia: First International Conference 2008

Date: 24-Nov-2008 - 28-Nov-2008
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Contact Person: Normala Othman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Jun-2008

Meeting Description:

Please Note: this is a modified issue, the original message is found at http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/19/19-795.html#2

The conference intends to bring together scholars, from various disciplines to discuss English language issues in Asia, past, present and future. Paper presentations or posters may be theoretical, experimental or reflective.

Call for Papers

English and Asia: First International Conference 2008 on Language and Linguistics

Dates: November 24 - 28, 2008
Place: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (IIUM & The Crown Princess Hotel)
Organiser: Department of English Language and Literature International Islamic University Malaysia

English has become the main language of study and communication in many countries in Asia as a result of centuries of British colonialism leading to what appears at times to be a tug of war of roles between English and the vernaculars in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the countries in the region, and the (re)constructions of their identities and ideologies, while preserving the old ones. Even today, the relationship between English and Asia remains equally problematic and ambiguous and is changing in all spheres--economical, technological, academic, social, political. Language unites and divides populations depending on the role it carries within a country. This and other issues deserve to be discussed and explored in a conference that would bring together not just professionals and students in language and linguistics, but also researchers from other disciplines and interested parties from business and industry.
Papers are invited from all those interested on the major theme of the conference, which may be theoretical, experimental or reflective.

Topics may cover all areas of linguistics and others such as the following:

Varieties of Asian Englishes
English and Asian cultures
History of English in Asia
Asian Literatures in English
English as a Second Language
English in the Asian Classroom
English and Asian Nationalisms
English and Asian Politics/Diplomacy
English and Business in Asian Societies
Issues in Translation
English and Identity
English and Cultural Transformation
English and Language Planning/Policies
English and Media
Postcolonial Linguistics Issues
English and the Vernaculars
Critical Discourse Analysis
Competing Lingua Francas
English Pidgins and Creoles
English Literature and Asia
(Second) Language Acquisition
Language and Construction of Identities
Pragmatics of English Lingua France
English and Intercultural Communication

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (VIP Speaker)
Prof. Richard Young (USA)
Prof Emeritus Asmah Hj Omar (Malaysia)
Prof Nik Safiah Karim (Malaysia)
Assoc. Prof. Ismail Talib (Singapore)
Assoc. Prof. Edwin Malachi (Malaysia)

Abstract Submission
Abstracts should not be more than 250 words for a paper that will be presented in 20 minutes, with 10 minutes of discussion. The language of abstract and presentation will be English. Two members of the abstract committee will review all abstracts and notification of acceptance will be sent out within 2 weeks of submission.

Abstracts should have the following information:

Title of paper, name of author(s), institutional affiliation, email address, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, body of abstract, brief biodata of 50 to 80 words.

Send abstract with the following title ''Your Name Abstract'' via email attachment to:


Deadline of abstract submission: June 15, 2008
Deadline for registration and payment: July 31, 2008
Deadline of full paper submission: July 31, 2008
Selected papers will be published in a book titled ''English and Asia'' which will be available during the conference.

For more information, the conference website is www.iiu.edu.my/englishasia2008

Address all other communications to:
Dr. Normala Othman
Department of English Language and Literature
50728 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03 61965042, Fax: 03 6196 5148, normalaothman2008yahoo.com

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