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LINGUIST List 23.4408

Mon Oct 22 2012

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Socioling, Anthro Ling, Historical Ling/Finland

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

Date: 22-Oct-2012
From: Mister Frog <mr.froghelsinki.fi>
Subject: Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence
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Full Title: Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence

Date: 22-May-2013 - 24-May-2013
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Contact Person: Ulla Savolainen, Conference secretary, Frog, Chair of the organizing committee
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.helsinki.fi/folkloristiikka/register/

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2012

Meeting Description:

Register II: Emergence, Change and Obsolescence
An international colloquium on meaning and human expression
22-24 May 2013, Helsinki, Finland

'Register' originated as a term in linguistics for contextual variation in language, or language as it is used in a particular communicative situation. This term and concept has become important for addressing communication through practice in several intersecting disciplines, such as folkloristics, linguistics and linguistic anthropology, being used with varying fields of inclusion and exclusion, ranging from the purely verbal level of communication to all features which have the capacity to signify (props, gestures, etc.). The Helsinki Register colloquia have been organized to bring together representatives of diverse perspectives in order to open cross-disciplinary discussion of the term and concept 'register'.

Keynote Speakers:

Douglas Biber, Regents' Professor of Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University, USA
Charles Briggs, Alan Dundes Distinguished Professor of Folklore and Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Ruqaiya Hasan, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia
Timo Kaartinen, Adjunct Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland
Lars Boje Mortensen, Professor of Cultural History of Antiquity and the Middle Ages, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark


Folklore Studies of the University of Helsinki
The research project Oral and Literary Culture in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region of the Finnish Literature Society

Call for Papers:

Register II sets out to explore interfaces of social, societal and semiotic processes that a) give rise to registers as meaningful constellations of communicative features; b) affect existing registers and their constituent features; and c) lead registers to become obsolete for certain functions or to drop out of use. We invite presentations on both synchronically oriented research and on long-term historical perspectives; on rapidly developing or short-lived registers (e.g. school-yard slang, 'facebookese') as well as on registers characterized by social stability and slow-changing structures (e.g. 'Biblical' language, oral epic singing). We hope that diverse presentations from different disciplinary perspectives on the life of registers as social practice will prove reciprocally informative and produce new insights and understandings.

If you would like to take part in this event by presenting a paper, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words to Ulla Savolainen (ulla.savolainen[a]helsinki.fi) by Friday, November 30, 2012.

Papers presentations should be twenty minutes in length allowing ten minutes for discussion and accessible to participants from other fields for cross-disciplinary discussion. If you would like to participate without presenting a paper, please let us know by March 15, and also whether you would be interested in moderating a session. A participation fee of 50 euros covers lunches and receptions.

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