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LINGUIST List 19.3369

Wed Nov 05 2008

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Belgium; Applied Linguistics/Canada

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        1.    Leen Impe, Production, Perception, Attitude
        2.    Sylvie Roy, Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics


Message 1: Production, Perception, Attitude
Date: 05-Nov-2008
From: Leen Impe <leen.impearts.kuleuven.be>
Subject: Production, Perception, Attitude
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Full Title: Production, Perception, Attitude

Date: 02-Apr-2009 - 04-Apr-2009
Location: Leuven, Belgium
Contact Person: Leen Impe
Meeting Email: ppaarts.kuleuven.be
Web Site: http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/ppa

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2008

Meeting Description:

Production, Perception, Attitude
An interdisciplinary workshop on understanding and explaining linguistic variation

Hosted by the University of Leuven, April 2-4, 2009

Organized by the Universities of Leuven, Nijmegen, and Groningen for the
VNC-research programme
The interaction between intelligibility, attitude, and linguistic distance.

Call for Papers

We invite paper and poster presentations for a two day symposium which focuses
on (and confronts) work in variationist linguistics, perceptual dialectology,
and language attitude research. Contributions preferably tackle one of the
following topics:

- Innovative methods and techniques for measuring language variation and
change, language perceptions, or language attitudes;
- Innovative methods and techniques for collecting reliable data in these
disciplines;
- Data-based analysis which highlights the causal relations between production,
perception, and attitudes.

Although the focus in the research programme which frames this workshop is on
Dutch, contributions need not be restricted to linguistic variation in the Low
Countries.

Background
Although linguistic variation in the Dutch language area (The Netherlands and
Flanders) has enjoyed an enormous amount of descriptive and theoretical
attention, few reliable data are available on the origin of this variation and
on how it can be accounted for. In order to explain language variation, the
sociolinguistic correlates of phonetic, lexical, and morpho-syntactic variables
"have to be traced back to a complex set of underlying criteria" (Knops & Van
Hout 1988: 2). The identification of at least some of these criteria is the
ambitious aim to which the present workshop is devoted.

Up to now, linguistic variation in The Netherlands has been investigated
predominantly from the perspective of language production, i. e. in terms of the
description of the linguistic distance observed between regional and stylistic
varieties of Dutch (cf. Geeraerts, Grondelaers & Speelman 1999; Van Hout & Van
de Velde 2001; Heeringa & Nerbonne 2001). In order, however, to move from merely
describing linguistic variation to explaining variation, three extensions are
needed.

First, the production perspective on linguistic variation has to be refined
theoretically and methodologically to chart hitherto unknown patterns and (more
importantly) triggers of variation. Second, it is well-known that some language
variation and change patterns are sustained by attitudinal factors (whereby
"attitudes" are provisionally defined as the culturally and experientially
acquired inclination to perceive and evaluate a variety as systematically
negative or positive). Although the causal link between perception and
production has recurrently been demonstrated (cf. Van Bezooijen 2001), both
define different disciplines in (socio)linguistics and social psychology which
rarely interact. Attitude research is moreover hindered by a lack of reliable
quantitative data (Grondelaers, Van Hout & Steegs: in press).

In addition to these two perspectives, the workshop also focuses on the (often
missing) link between the production and the evaluative perception of language
variation. Before language variation can be subjectively evaluated, it must
first be recognized by the layman. Perceptual dialectology (Long & Preston 1999)
therefore investigates to what extent linguistic laymen recognize and understand
other varieties, and where they situate the boundaries between their own and
other varieties. Although this paradigm represents one of the oldest disciplines
in sociolinguistics (pioneered in Weijnen 1946), its findings have rarely been
systematically confronted with production and attitudinal perception data.
Another crucial perspective which has largely been ignored in this respect is
the mutual intelligibility between language varieties, a factor which is
co-determined by attitudes and by linguistic distance (Gooskens 2007).

The present meeting is devoted to enhancing the convergence between the cited
research disciplines in order to develop (the preliminaries to) an explanatory
model of language variation and change. The workshop is interdisciplinary in
focus and features three plenary speakers and presentations by the universities
participating in the research programme. In addition, we invite contributions
from (socio)linguists and (social) psychologists working in the three
aforementioned areas for plenary oral presentations as well as an extended
poster programme (poster presenters will be allowed plenary presentation time to
advertise their posters).

References
Geeraerts, D., S. Grondelaers & D. Speelman (1999). Convergentie en Divergentie
in de Nederlandse Woordenschat: een Onderzoek naar kleding- en voetbalnamen.
Amsterdam: Meertensinstituut.
Grondelaers, S., R. van Hout & M. Steegs. Non-circular scales and ecological
stimuli. Measuring accent attitudes in the Dutch language area. To appear in the
Journal of Language and Social Psychology.
Gooskens, Charlotte (2007): The contribution of linguistic factors to the
intelligibility of closely related languages. Journal of Multilingual and
multicultural development 28 (6), 445-467.
Heeringa, W. & J. Nerbonne (2002). Dialect areas and dialect continua. In David
Sankoff, William Labov and Anthony Kroch (eds.), Language Variation and Change,
375-400. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Long, D., D. R. Preston (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of Perceptual Dialectology.
Volume 1. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Van Bezooijen, R. (2001). Poldernederlands. Hoe kijken vrouwen ertegenaan?
Nederlandse Taalkunde 6, 257-271.
Van de Velde, H. & R. van Hout. R-atics. Sociolinguistic, Phonetic and
Phonological Characteristics of /r/. Etudes & Travaux 4. Brussel: Editions
Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Van Hout, R. & U. Knops (1988). Language Attitudes in the Dutch Language Area.
Dordrecht: Foris

Plenary Speakers
Dennis Preston (Michigan State University)
Janet Pierrehumbert (Northwestern University)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Abstracts
Please send an anonymous abstract (500 words without references) to
ppaarts.kuleuven.be. Specify your name, affiliation and contact details in the
message body and append your abstract to the message. Abstracts are due on
December 15, 2008 and will be reviewed by two members of the programme committee.

Programme & Local Committee
Dirk Speelman (University of Leuven)
Stefan Grondelaers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven)
Roeland van Hout (Radboud University Nijmegen)
John Nerbonne (University of Groningen)
Charlotte Gooskens (University of Groningen)
Sebastian Kürschner (University of Groningen)
Leen Impe (University of Leuven)
Mieke Steegs (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Important Dates
December 15, 2008 Abstracts due
January 15, 2009 Notification of acceptance
March 1st, 2009 Final abstracts due for inclusion in workshop programme
April 2-4, 2009 Workshop

Proceedings
From the invited and submitted contributions, 15 papers will be selected for
inclusion in an edited volume. The workshop organizers are currently negotiating
a volume in the series Studies in Language Variation with Benjamins.

Conference Website
http://wwwling.arts.kuleuven.be/ppa
Message 2: Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
Date: 04-Nov-2008
From: Sylvie Roy <syroyucalgary.ca>
Subject: Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
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Full Title: Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics
Short Title: ACLA

Date: 27-May-2009 - 29-May-2009
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Sylvie Roy
Meeting Email: syroyucalgary.ca
Web Site: http://www.aclacaal.org/

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Nov-2008

Meeting Description:

Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference in conjunction
with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences
May 27-29, 2009

Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée
Congrès Annuel en conjonction avec le congrès des sciences humaines
du 27 au 29 mai 2009
Carleton University, Ottawa

Call for Papers
Appel de Communications

Plenary Sessions - Sessions Plénières:
Pierre Calvé
Norme et bon parler : les grandes confusions

Nina Spada (OISE/UT)
Beyond form-focused instruction: Present and future directions

Kelleen Toohey (Simon Fraser University)
Multiliteracies for multilingual schools

Invited Symposia - Symposiums Invités:
Tracey Derwing (University of Alberta) & Murray Munro (Simon Fraser University)
Accentuating the positive: Directions in pronunciation research

Peter Macintyre (University of Cape Breton)
Perspectives on motivation for second language learning on the 50th anniversary
of Gardner & Lambert (1959)

Submission Deadline for Proposals: November 15, 2008
Date de Soumission des Propositions : le 15 novembre 2008

Program Co-Chairs:Sylvie Roy (University of Calgary)Monique Bournot-Trites
(University of British Columbia)
Local Arrangements Coordinator:Guillaume Gentil (Carleton University)

Abstract Requirements
1. Please submit your abstract for either a paper or symposium in a Word
document by e-mail attachment to Monique Bournot-Trites at
monique.bournot-tritesubc.ca following the requirements listed below by
November 15, 2008.
2. Paper sessions will designed for 20-minute papers followed by a 10-minute
question/discussion period. Symposia will be scheduled for 3-hour blocks.
3. Abstracts for single papers should be no longer than 250 words, excluding
references. Abstracts for symposia should include a general description of the
symposium (250 words) as well as a description of each panel member presentation
(250 words).
4. In order to help ensure anonymity, abstracts should not contain excessive
reference to its author's publications.
5. Abstracts will be evaluated according to each of the following categories:
- appropriateness and significance of the topic
- evidence of a theoretical framework and links to previous research
- clearly stated research design in the case of empirical studies
- organization and clarity
- for symposium proposals, evidence of coherence and complementarity of the papers
6. Submissions must be sent as a single document which includes two separate pages:
- First page: title of the presentation as well as the name, affiliation, and
contact information, including e-mail address, for all presenters
- Second page: title of presentation and the abstract (without names of presenters)

Only abstracts meeting the above criteria will be evaluated.

Format des Propositions
1. La proposition doit être en format Word et envoyée en annexe électroniquement
à Monique Bournot-Trites, en suivant le format suggéré ci-dessous avant le 15
novembre 2008, au courriel suivant : monique.bournot-tritesubc.ca.
2. Les communications seront de 20 minutes suivies de 10 minutes de discussion.
Les symposiums seront d'une durée de 3 heures.
3. Les propositions pour les communications ne doivent pas dépasser 250 mots
(sans compter la bibliographie s'il y a lieu). Les propositions pour les
symposiums doivent inclure une description générale du symposium (250 mots)
ainsi qu'une description de la présentation de chaque intervenant (250 mots).
4. Afin d'assurer l'anonymat, les propositions ne doivent pas contenir de trop
nombreuses références aux publications de l'auteur.
5. Les propositions seront évaluées selon les critères suivants :
- importance du sujet traité
- cadre théorique offert et lié à des recherches antérieures
- détails méthodologiques de la recherche dans le cas d'une étude empirique
- organisation et clareté
- cohérence et lien clair entre les propositions dans le cas d'un symposium
6. Les propositions doivent être envoyées dans un seul document avec les deux
pages suivantes :
- Première page : titre de la présentation, affiliation et adresse de contact,
courriels pour tous les présentateurs.
- Deuxième page : Titre de la présentation et résumé (sans les noms des
présentateurs)

Seules les propositions qui respectent toutes les consignes seront prises en
considération.

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