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LINGUIST List 21.4302

Thu Oct 28 2010

Calls: Sociolinguistics/United Kingdom

Editor for this issue: Di Wdzenczny <dilinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Esther Asprey , Regional Varieties

Message 1: Regional Varieties
Date: 28-Oct-2010
From: Esther Asprey <e.c.aspreyaston.ac.uk>
Subject: Regional Varieties
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Full Title: Regional Varieties

Date: 07-Jul-2011 - 10-Jul-2011
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Esther Asprey
Meeting Email: lss_rvcaston.ac.uk
Web Site: http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lss/news-events/conferences-

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2011

Meeting Description:

Regional Varieties, Language Shift and Linguistic Identities, Aston
University, UK

Regional varieties have become an important contributor to identity
construction processes, and an increasingly important issue for the
individual and the community in late Modernity: the individual is under
constant and increasing pressure to define who s/he is and has to choose
from an ever growing pool of possibilities to construct social identity in an
increasingly globalized world, which is perceived as incomprehensively
complex. By referring to what is seen as traditional regional language,
dialect and culture, localizing oneself seems to be a viable way out of this
dilemma. This should have stabilizing effects on lesser used varieties, which
have been facing a gradual process of language shift and divergence
towards dominant contact languages over the hundred years.

Unfortunately, at the same time, modern life does not so much require
knowledge of regional varieties as of standard languages and a good
command of English as the global lingua franca. How can an upwardly
mobile individual combine the requirements of modern life with identity
construction on a regional scale if they so choose? What are the linguistic
consequences for lesser used varieties and their respective contact
languages? The conference organisers welcome papers focusing on
multilingualism and language contact on a world wide level.

Focussing on the individual speaker and the speech community which is
created by the use of language(s) as social practice, the conference
organizers welcome papers and posters on the following fields of research:

- Language contact between a lesser used regional variety and a dominant
standard language.
- Identity and regional varieties;
- Indexicality and enregisterment;
- Variation and style;
- Postvernacular linguistic and cultural practices;
- Emblematic language use and language mixing;
- Lesser used regional varieties and the Internet;
- Regional varieties and linguistic landscapes;
- New approaches to dialectology.

Call For Papers

Oral presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for
discussion. Dedicated time and space will also be allocated for poster
presentations. Abstracts (up to 300 words) should be submitted by e-mail
attachment (Word files) to lss_rvcaston.ac.uk. Please submit two files, one
containing the abstract and details of the author(s) (name(s), affiliation,
email address) and one containing an anonymous abstract. Under the title
for the abstract, please give four keywords which summarise the
paper/poster. In the body of your email please specify whether the abstract
is for a poster or paper presentation. Further information about the
dimensions of posters will be available online shortly.
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