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LINGUIST List 24.3778

Wed Sep 25 2013

Calls: Socioling, Language Acq, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, General Ling/Japan

Editor for this issue: Bryn Hauk <brynlinguistlist.org>

Date: 25-Sep-2013
From: Paul Miller <paulisls.co>
Subject: International Society for Language Studies
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Full Title: International Society for Language Studies
Short Title: ISLS

Date: 13-Jun-2014 - 15-Jun-2014
Location: Akita, Japan
Contact Person: Paul Miller
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.isls.co/index-2.html

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:

The International Society for Language Studies, co-sponsored by Akita International University, is pleased to announce that we will hold a conference from June 13-15, 2014 at Akita International University, in Akita, Japan. The theme of the conference will be “A Critical Examination of Language and Society.”

About the Theme:

Language is more than the words that are communicated from one to another. Language represents our social and cultural identity in terms of our relationships with others, how we are connected to society, the power relationships between individuals or groups, among others. This conference is designed as a venue for individuals from all disciplines to come together and discuss language from a critical, interdisciplinary lens.

Call for Papers:

The paper proposal submission will open on the ISLS website (http://www.isls.co/index-2.html) on September 6, 2013 and conclude on November 30, 2013. Submissions will not be accepted after the November 30 deadline. Notification of proposal acceptance or rejection will be sent in early December 2013. All presenters who have not registered for the conference by January 31, 2014 will be removed from the program. Selected conference papers will be published by ISLS in the Readings in Language Studies series in 2015.

Presentations may be made in either English or Japanese, but proposals should be submitted only in English.

In order to provide a guide and structure to the theme, the following represent possible key words (called strands and elaborated below) to describe your proposed session.

Discourse and Society:

This strand should be used to describe original research on issues of discourse and society in language and literacy research. Individual proposals may focus on: the relationship between language practices and society; society within particular linguistic spaces; bridging society and SLA theory; the influence of contexts on language learners and society; and related areas of inquiry.

Language & Society in the Professions and Workplace:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that investigate the intersection of society & language, as it relates to research, teaching, and professional and workplace practice. Papers may focus on areas such as: language use in these contexts as it relates to society; language analysis as it relates to society (theoretical and applied phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse analysis); or language processing at it relates to society (computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, etc.).

Language Teaching Practices, Pedagogy & Society:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address theory, research, or practice of any aspect of language teaching and learning within the context of society. Papers may include topics such as: curriculum & instruction; assessment; teacher preparation and in-service teacher development; and other matters related to culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Language Policy & Society:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address issues related to language policy within the context of society. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged and research utilizing a variety of methodologies is sought. Papers may focus on: language policy formation; language planning; language rights; language education policy; and other related areas of study in complex, multilingual societies. Empirical studies contributing to theories of language policy and the identification of emergent issues related to identity are welcome.

Language, Culture & Society:

This strand should be used to describe proposals that address issues related to conceptualizations of language in the public imaginary. Papers may include topics such as: language variety and discrimination; the commodification of culture; and similar sociolinguistic concerns as they relate to social justice.

Researching Society in Language Studies:

This strand should be used to describe methodological issues, tools, and/or processes used in researching the intersection between language studies and society.


Not sure which strand best fits for your proposal? Choose this strand and the Conference Chairs will work to place your proposal with relevant papers in a session.

Submission Guidelines:

Your proposal should include the following:

Proposal Title:

Please provide a title for your Proposal.


Please provide an abstract of 50 words or less for the conference program. If this is a group presentation, tell us about the overall theme/topic for the symposium as a whole. This is what will be printed in the program.

Proposal Text:

Provide a complete description of your proposed session (limit to 500 words for single paper or 500 words for each paper in a symposium), excluding references. If this is a group proposal, include the paper title, name, and institution of each colleague presenting.

Your proposal text should include the following components:

1. Perspective(s)
2. Methods, techniques, modes of inquiry and data sources
3. Results and/or substantiated conclusions or warrants for arguments/point of view
4. Scientific or scholarly significance of the study or work

Note: It is understood that theoretical or methodological papers may not include each of these components. Such submissions should clearly identify on what their theoretical viewpoint is based, how it contributes to the field, and the significance of the work.

Important: Once your proposal is submitted, no revisions or changes can be made. Please review your proposal carefully before submitting online.

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