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Thu Jan 20 2011

Confs: Ling & Literature, Semantics/Namibia

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        1.     Sarala Krishnamurthy , Language and Literature Interface: Contemporary Perspectives

Message 1: Language and Literature Interface: Contemporary Perspectives
Date: 18-Jan-2011
From: Sarala Krishnamurthy <skrishnamurthypolytechnic.edu.na>
Subject: Language and Literature Interface: Contemporary Perspectives
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Language and Literature Interface: Contemporary Perspectives
Short Title: PALA Conference

Date: 05-Jul-2011 - 09-Jul-2011
Location: Windhoek, Namibia
Contact: Sarala Krishnamurthy
Contact Email: skrishnamurthypolytechnic.edu.na
Meeting URL: http://www.polytechnic.edu.na

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature; Semantics

Meeting Description:

Linguists, stylisticians and literary critics, among other scholars, have in the
past striven to demonstrate the interface between language and literature
with insightful results. Some scholars have even gone a step further and
attempted to show the overlap within language, literature and
communication with the argument that there are methods of analysis that
can be applied to all the three broad areas. This interdisciplinary approach
has produced exciting results which have demonstrated that methods of
analysis used in one discipline can be successfully used in the other
disciplines as well.

It is with this interdisciplinary backdrop that the 2011 PALA Conference
focuses on the interface between language and literature. The major aim is
to explore and discuss contemporary perspectives relating to the interface
between language and literature. Papers should address contemporary
views - theoretical and/or practical - on the application of linguistic criticism
to various forms of texts - spoken or written - in order to unravel the styles
and meanings in these texts.

Sub-topics:

Stylistics
Pragmatics
Discourse Analysis
Teaching Literature and Language
Effective teaching through digitalization
Narratives and Narratology
Schema Theory
Text, World, and Discourse
Corpus Stylistics
Applied Linguistics

Plenary Speakers

Jonathan Culler is Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative
Literature. Educated at Harvard University (BA in History and Literature,
1966) and Oxford University (B. Phil. In Comparative Literature, 1968; D.
Phil. In Modern Languages, 1972), he has worked on 19 th century French
literature (especially on Flaubert and Baudelaire) and on contemporary
literary theory and criticism (especially structuralism, deconstruction and
French theory generally). He teaches primarily courses on literary theory
and on aspects of the history of the lyric. His best known works are
Flaubert: The Uses of Uncertainty, Structuralist Poetics, Roland Barthes,
Ferdinand de Saussure, On Deconstruction, and Literary Theory: A Very
Short Introduction. He is completing a term as President of the American
Comparative Literature Association.

Paul Simpson is a Professor of English Language in the School of English at
Queen's University Belfast where he is also Director of Research in English
Language and Linguistics. He teaches and researches in many areas of
English language and linguistics and his publications have included, inter
alia, studies of the sociolinguistic features of pop singing styles, the
pragmatics of advertising discourse and the linguistic patterns of verbal
humour. He is best known for his books and articles in stylistics and critical
linguistics and his publications in this area include Language, Ideology and
Point of View, Language through Literature and Stylistics, all published by
Routledge. He is the co-editor of Language, Discourse and Literature
(Unwin Hyman) and has edited the PALA journal Language and Literature
(2003-2009). His monograph on the discourse of satire was published by
Benjamins in 2003, while his co-authored textbook Language and Power
appeared in 2009. He is currently developing a monograph on the
pragmatics of verbal humour.

Patrick Colm Hogan is a Professor in the Department of English at the
University of Connecticut, where he is also on the faculties of the Program
in Comparative Literature, the Program in India Studies, and the Cognitive
Science Program. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Mind
and Its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion (Cambridge
University Press, 2003)--hailed by Steven Pinker as 'a landmark in modern
intellectual life' - and What Literature Teaches Us About Emotion
(Cambridge University Press, 2011). In connection with his research on
cross-cultural patterns in narrative and emotion, Hogan has written on a
wide range of literatures and oratures, including such African works as The
Mwindo Epic and different versions of The Epic of Son-Jara. Hogan has
also edited a number of books, including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of
the Language Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Hogan is
currently working on issues in narrative discourse analysis, such as the
politics of narrator point of view in such novels as Ngugi's Petals of Blood
and (Namibian author) Joseph Diescho's Born of the Sun.

Dan Shen (Ph.D. Edinburgh in stylistics) is Changjiang Professor of English
and the Director of the Center for European and American Literatures at
Beijing (Peking) University. She is on the editorial boards of Language and
Literature (since 1999) and JLS: Journal of Literary Semantics, as well as a
consultant editor of The Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory. In
addition to having published numerous books and essays in China, she has
published over thirty essays in North America and Europe, many of them in
journals like Style (four essays, another forthcoming), Narrative (four
essays), JLS: Journal of Literary Semantics (two essays), Language and
Literature (two essays), Poetics Today (two essays), English Studies: A
Journal of English Language and Literature (two essays), Nineteenth-
Century Literature, Poetics, ARIEL: An International Review of English
Literature, and JNT: The Journal of Narrative Theory (also JNT: The
Journal of Narrative Technique).

Sinfree Makoni From 1999-2001 Dr. Makoni was the Dubois-Mandela-
Rodney
Fellow at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is a native of Southern
Africa, did his graduate work in Ghana and received his Ph.D. in Applied
Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has extensive
professional experience in Southern Africa, including Chair of Linguistics at
the University of the Western cape and associate professor of language
and literature at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is former
president of the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association and an
Executive Board member of the International Applied Linguistics
Association. He has research in the socio-historical construction of African
urban languages, agrammatism and language in health in multilingual
communities in the US and Africa. Dr. Makoni's recent CO-edited books
include: Black scholars on Black languages: problems and possibilities,
(London:Routledge in press). Ageing in Africa: Sociolinguistic and
Anthropological Approaches( London:Ashgate 2002), Freedom and
Discipline: Essays in Applied Linguistics from Southern Africa, Bahri, India
(2001), Language and Institutions in Africa, (Cape Town: Centre for
Advanced Studies of African Society in Africa (2000)), Improving Teaching
and Learning in Higher Education in southern Africa. (Johannesburg,
Witwatersrand University Press,2000). His recent publications include
Disinvention and Reconstituting Language edited with Alastair Pennycook:
London: Routledge (2006). A monograph on colonial and postcolonial
language policies in Zimbabwe, in Current Issues in Language Planning
authored with Busi Dube and Pedzisai Mashiri. He has also co-authored a
book on Language and Ageing in Multilingual contexts with Kees de Bot
published by Multilingual Matters: 2007. His recent articles appear in a
number of journals including Names: A journal of Onomastics, Journal of
Language, Identity and Education, Current Issues in Language Planning,
Language in Society.
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