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LINGUIST List 23.3745

Fri Sep 07 2012

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Socioling, Pragmatics/Netherlands

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

Date: 06-Sep-2012
From: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade <i.m.tiekenhum.leidenuniv.nl>
Subject: Prescription and Tradition in Language
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Full Title: Prescription and Tradition in Language

Date: 12-Jun-2013 - 14-Jun-2013
Location: Leiden, Netherlands
Contact Person: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/research/conferences/upcoming-conferences/prescriptivism-conference.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Dec-2012

Meeting Description:

4th Conference on Prescriptivism: Following three highly successful earlier conferences - Sheffield (2003), Ragusa (2006) and Toronto (2009) - the next Conference on Prescriptivism will be hosted in The Netherlands by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in collaboration with the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, from 12 to 14 June 2013, with a public event (mostly in Dutch) on 15 June.

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) engages in teaching as well as research in a wide variety of languages of the world, ranging from so-called Western languages to the languages of Africa, Eurasia and indigenous America. The Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) represents multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Asia and the Middle East.

Conference theme: It is from the various research perspectives embodied in these institutes that we wish to propose the theme of the conference: Prescription and Tradition in Language.

Different languages have undergone different standardisation processes in the course of their histories. For some, such as English and Dutch, standard languages developed from the Renaissance onwards, while for other languages, e.g. Basque or Indonesian, standardisation was initiated only relatively recently.

Whatever their duration and distribution, all these developments reflect a perceived need for prescription, which itself derives from linguistic, cultural, religious, ideological, political, educational and other sources. These factors often occur in complex combinations; modern examples are the official status of English in Cameroon and of Mandarin in Taiwan.

Plenary speakers at the conference will include:

Florian Coulmas (Duisburg/Essen, Duitsland)
Henning Klöter (Johann Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Carol Percy (University of Toronto)

Conference organisers: Ton van Haaften, Riikka Länsisalmi, Maarten Mous, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Jeroen Wiedenhof.

Call for Papers:

Interested scholars are invited to submit abstracts. Suggestions for topics include: prescription and standardisation; prescription and politics; prescription and popular attitudes to language; language politics; incipient prescription processes; prescription and lingua francas; prescription and second language acquisition.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 15 December 2012. Notification of acceptance will be given before the end of January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted using the format specified separately. The required documents will (soon) be downloadable from the LUCL conference website.

For further information, see http://bridgingtheunbridgeable.com/.

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