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LINGUIST List 23.1085

Sun Mar 04 2012

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Japan

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Date: 04-Mar-2012
From: Yoshiyuki Asahi <nwavap02gmail.com>
Subject: New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific 2
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Full Title: New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia-Pacific 2
Short Title: NWAV Asia-Pacific 2

Date: 01-Aug-2012 - 04-Aug-2012
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Yoshiyuki Asahi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.ninjal.ac.jp/socioling/nwavap02/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 09-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 (the 2nd annual meeting of New Ways of Analyzing Variation and Change in the Asia-Pacific Region) will be held on August 1-4, 2012, in Tokyo, Japan. NWAV-AP2 will be hosted by the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL).

While the Western study of sociolinguistic variation and change emerged in the mid 1960s, highly quantitative work on variation and change has existed in Japan since 1930. The methodological and analytical approach used in the early research of Japanese dialectology had its roots in the particular socio-historical context of the region and established its own unique foundations. Meeting in Tokyo in 2012 allows NWAV Asia-Pacific to highlight and re-acknowledge the long and rich history of research on language variation and change in this region, which has often been overlooked in the field of sociolinguistics. The conference will also continue the tradition established at NWAV-AP1 of showcasing the innovative, descriptive, philological, historical, and socially informed research being conducted by emerging and established scholars in some of the world's most fertile arenas of language and dialect contact.

The first meeting of NWAV Asia-Pacific was held at the University of Delhi, India in February 2011. The conference involved many international scholars and valuable cross-cultural exchanges of research ideas and experiences. For further information about the first meeting of the conference series, please see the following site:


NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 Organizing Committee:

Yoshiyuki Asahi, Chair, NINJAL, Japan
Kuniyoshi Kataoka, Aichi University, Japan
Kenjiro Matsuda, Kobe Shoin University, Japan
Takuichiro Onishi, NINJAL, Japan
Ichiro Ota, Kagoshima University, Japan
Shoji Takano, Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan
Shoichi Yokoyama, NINJAL, Japan
Sakiko Kajino, Georgetown University, USA

NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 Steering Committee:

Shobha Satyanath, University of Delhi, India
James N. Stanford, Dartmouth College, USA
Victoria Rau, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi, Taiwan
Miriam Meyerhoff, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Yoshiyuki Asahi, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan

Final Call for Papers:

NWAV Asia-Pacific 2 welcomes submissions for papers and posters on all scientific approaches to analyzing and interpreting language variation and change across the Asia-Pacific region, including real-time/apparent-time language change, dialect variation and change, speech communities, multilingualism, urbanization and migration, sociophonetics, style-shifting, language/dialect contact, variation in minority languages, variation in acquisition, perceptual dialectology, and other topics that enrich our understandings of the region and the languages.

Abstract submission deadline: Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (Japanese Standard Time)

Our abstract submission site is open:


Please direct all inquiries to nwavap02gmail.com.

An author may submit at most one single-authored and one co-authored abstract. In the case of joint authorship, one address should be designated for official communication with NWAV Asia-Pacific. Paper presentations will be given 20 minutes each, with a 5-minute question-and-answer period. Posters will be presented on the evening of Friday, August 3, in connection with a reception. Posters are typically a good format for presentations where visual display of tables, graphs, maps, etc. is particularly important.

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