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LINGUIST List 21.3989

Sat Oct 09 2010

Calls: Disc Analysis, Socioling/USA

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        1.    Greg Niedt, Georgetown University Linguistic Landscapes Symposium

Message 1: Georgetown University Linguistic Landscapes Symposium
Date: 08-Oct-2010
From: Greg Niedt <gjn5georgetown.edu>
Subject: Georgetown University Linguistic Landscapes Symposium
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Full Title: Georgetown University Linguistic Landscapes Symposium
Short Title: GULLS

Date: 15-Apr-2011 - 15-Apr-2011
Location: Washington, DC, USA
Contact Person: Greg Niedt
Meeting Email: gjn5georgetown.edu
Web Site: http://www7.georgetown.edu/students/gjn5/

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 17-Dec-2010

Meeting Description:

The first student-run Georgetown University Linguistic Landscape
Symposium will be held at Georgetown University on April 15, 2011, on the
new and emerging topic of Linguistic Landscape: the use of all forms of
language in public space. With the development of the field of LL in various
places worldwide, we would like to present the opportunity for our fellow
students and researchers to share research and get feedback from their
peers in a supportive environment. Topics can range from the use of
language in urban centers to the Internet's variety of multimodal
representations of public messages. The types of communication that arise
from reactions to these media fit the topic as well, so long as the crucial
questions are addressed: how do we construct and perceive language in
the public domain, and how does it affect our own reactions and

Symposium participants will include Dr. Elana Shohamy (University of Tel
Aviv), Dr. Cecilia Castillo-Ayometzi (Georgetown University), Dr. Aneta
Pavlenko (Temple University) and other prominent scholars TBA.

We would like to dedicate this symposium to the memory of Ron Scollon,
whose pioneering research was invaluable to the fields of geolinguistics and
discourse analysis. After years of mentoring students and faculty alike at
Georgetown, Dr. Scollon had a significant impact that was instrumental in
the development of LL as a dynamic area of research. We hope that he
would be proud to see students taking these topics, expanding upon them,
and sharing their findings and theories with others.

Call for Papers

As this will be a symposium run primarily for and by students, we are
primarily interested in student work (both undergraduate and graduate) that
will be presented in open forum discussions, paper presentations, and a
poster session. However, we encourage everyone to submit research for

Possible topics (including but not limited to): use of text and language in the
virtual landscape, multilingualism in public discourse, the impact of media on
the linguistic landscape, effects of multimodality in the LL, text in public
space as a point of contention, influence of audio on the construction of
space, interactions between textual artifacts and their viewers, etc.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 17, 2010
Notification of Acceptance: by January 18, 2011

Abstracts should contain information about the focus of the research,
methodology used, preliminary results, preference of format (presentation
or poster session), and implications of Linguistic Landscape in its broader
definitions. Please note that presentations will be limited to 15 minutes, with
ten minutes for questions/answers afterward. Abstracts should be limited to
300 words; please indicate if you will need A/V for your presentation.
Accepted participants will be required to register by the early deadline.

We understand that the definition of LL is still being shaped and explored. If
you aren't certain that your work fits in, please contact us regarding your
topic/research interest and we will be happy to discuss your work's
suitability/possible changes and refer to the number of publications in the
area. To read about some of the notable findings in the area of LL, please
refer to the following scholars' books:

Discourses in Place by Ron and Suzie Wong Scollon (2003)
Linguistic Landscape: A New Approach to Multilingualism by Durk Gorter
Linguistic Landscapes by Peter Backhaus (2007)
Linguistic Landscape: Expanding the Scenery, edited by Elana Shohamy
and Durk Gorter (2008)
Linguistic Landscape in the City, edited by Elana Shohamy, Eliezer Ben-
Rafael, and Monica Barni (2010)

For more information about the conference and LL, please have a look at
our website: http://www7.georgetown.edu/students/gjn5/

Registration will open November 1st. Please see the website for details.
Early Registration: $15 by March 15th
Late Registration: $20 after March 15th
Lunch will be provided, and a happy hour will follow the conference.

We are looking forward to your participation and believe it will be a unique
opportunity to share work and encourage new projects that are relevant to
the ecology surrounding us.

Date: 4-15-2011
Location: Georgetown University, exact location TBD
Contacts: Greg Niedt, Corinne Seals
Email: gjn5georgetown.edu, cas257georgetown.edu
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