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LINGUIST List 23.2697

Tue Jun 12 2012

Calls: General Linguistics/Canada

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <alisonlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Jun-2012
From: Egor Tsedryk <egor.tsedryksmu.ca>
Subject: 36th Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association
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Full Title: 36th Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association
Short Title: APLA 36

Date: 02-Nov-2012 - 03-Nov-2012
Location: Halifax (Nova Scotia), Canada
Contact Person: Egor Tsedryk
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.smu.ca/academic/arts/linguistics/ENGLISH-APLC.htm

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 20-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

Conference Theme:

Language and Life: Description, Theory and Beyond

Keynote Speaker:

Alana Johns
Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Toronto

Inspired by the title of Charles Bally's book 'Le langage et la vie (1913)', the theme of this year's meeting is twofold: language as a fact of life, and life as a property of languages. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the idea of language as a biological phenomenon, and a renewed debate about how much of human beings' biological predisposition to acquire and use language is specific to language, and how much is attributable to more general properties of human cognition. At the same time, languages themselves are living things, in the sense that they grow and change. The tasks of observing and documenting languages in all their rich diversity, and of offering assistance to communities who are interested in preserving their languages, are an essential complement to endeavours in all other areas of descriptive, theoretical, and applied linguistics, and are of foundational importance in striving to understand language as a fact of human life.

The registration fee for the conference is $80 ($40 for retirees and $20 for students). All presenters must be members of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association (APLA). The annual membership fee of $30 ($15 for students) may be paid at the conference. For more information about APLA, please visit http://www.unb.ca/apla-alpa.

Organizing Committee:

Elissa Asp, Daniel Currie Hall, Egor Tsedryk

Call for Papers:

As always, we welcome proposals, in English or French, for papers in all areas of linguistics, and we particularly invite submissions in areas directly related to this year's theme, such as language maintenance/preservation, community-based linguistic initiatives, biolinguistics, and all aspects of linguistic fieldwork. Students are especially encouraged to apply.

Presentations are 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Papers presented at the conference will be published in conference proceedings.

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts should be anonymous and no more than 300 words in length, excluding title and references. Please send your abstract as a PDF attachment to:


Deadline: August 20, 2012
Notification: mid-September

In the subject field of the email, enter 'APLA 36 Abstract'. In the body of the email, include the following information:

1. Title of the proposal
2. Name(s) (if applicable, mention 'student' or 'retiree')
3. Affiliation (if applicable), postal address and email
4. Area(s) of linguistics

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