From: Vivienne Rogers <vivienne.rogerseducation.ox.ac.uk>
Subject: Association for French Language Studies
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Full Title: Association for French Language Studies
Short Title: AFLS
Date: 01-Sep-2010 - 03-Sep-2010
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Vivienne Rogers
Meeting Email: vivienne.rogerseducation.ox.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www.afls.net
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): French (fra)
Call Deadline: 15-Mar-2010
This conference is aimed at researchers working on French language.
2010 AFLS conference, Cambridge
Call for Papers
The 2010 conference is hosted by Peterhouse, University of Cambridge (UK) and
will be held on 1-3 September 2010.
The theme of this year's conference is "Le français: langue une, langue plurielle".
This conference will focus on the relationship between the allegedly homogeneous
character of the (prestige) norm or reference variety traditionally associated
with the French language as used in France (`langue une') and the heterogeneity
to be found in speaker-writer practice, perceptions and attitudes (`langue
plurielle'). The conference will take account of both historical and
contemporary data from a variety of geographical locations, situations of
communication and social contexts.
Papers are invited which explore both the evolving character of the standard in
France and emerging norms in other francophone countries in the light of changes
in the social environment and language policy. These might seek, on the one
hand, to characterise the rapidly changing role of French in international and
intra-national communication, including comparative approaches with other
languages of wider communication, and to evaluate the place of other languages
in the linguistic repertoire of Francophones in various locations, particularly
as affected by language policy with special reference to language acquisition.
On the other hand, empirical analyses of usage through specific studies of the
output of L1 and L2 speakers as well as learner varieties will also be
particularly encouraged, as will studies of other languages used in
French-speaking territories. The conference programme will thus endeavour to
interface the structural dynamics of discourse and stylistic variation, both in
relation to contemporary and historical material and to the social and
policy-framed environments, in which these phenomena occur.
This conference aims to bring together researchers with an interest in French in
all of its forms and in all of its representations, both spoken and written.
Topics include, but are not limited to:
1. empirical studies of oral and written data;
2. prestige varieties outside France;
3. varieties derived from new media (e.g. Internet fora, texting);
4. defence and promotion of French
5. French and other languages of wider communication, domain loss
6. linguistic repertoires of Francophones
7. youth and migrants
8. changing social context/s
The languages of the conference will be French and English
Organisers and co-organisers
Mari Jones (Peterhouse and Department of French, University of Cambridge), Tim
Pooley and AFLS committee Important dates
- Submission of abstract for main conference: 15 March 2010
- UPDATED: Submission of abstract to doctoral workshop: 15 March 2010
- UPDATED: Notification of outcome: 31 March 2010
- End of early-bird registration: 1 May 2010
- Registration closes: 14 May 2010
- Conference: 1-3 September 2010
Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts are welcomed both for individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for
questions) and also for themed panels (3 papers: 3x20 minutes + 3x10 minutes
Paper proposals (papers: 20 minutes presentation plus 10 minutes of discussion)
must be sent by 15th March 2010 as a one-page anonymous abstract (excluding
bibliography, times 12 pt, single spaced in DOC or RTF format) attached to an
email message sent to Hélène Blondeau, Chair of hte AFLS Resesearch Committee
blondeauufl.edu. The email message should include the title of the abstract and
the name, affiliation and complete address of the author(s).
Notification of acceptance or rejection
Notification of the outcome of your submission will be sent by 31st March 2010.
Doctoral (PhD) students' workshop
The morning of the 1st September will be dedicated to the workshop for doctoral
students. Students preparing a thesis are invited to present their research.
This has traditionally been an excellent opportunity to meet other doctoral
students and specialists in related fields of research and to gain a new
perspective of ongoing research in your field in a less formal atmosphere than
the main conference. Doctoral students are still welcome to apply for the main
conference and should do so according to the guidelines for the main conference.
The deadline for the submission of doctoral students' paper proposals is 15th
March 2010. They should be sent according to the guidelines mentioned above,
although the email message must state that the submission is for the doctoral
- Raymond Mougeon (York University, Canada)
- Florence Myles (Newcastle University, UK)
- Peter Blumenthal (University of Cologne, Germany)
Information for Doctoral Workshop
Doctoral students may be able to benefit from a grant from the AFLS to cover
part of their travel expenses depending on their personal situation. A support
of up to £150 max. (pounds sterling) can be applied for. Further information and
application form will be available shortly.
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