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LINGUIST List 24.4190

Wed Oct 23 2013

Calls: English, Phonetics, Phonology, Discourse Analysis/France

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

Date: 23-Oct-2013
From: Sophie Herment <sophie.hermentuniv-amu.fr>
Subject: 17th Villetaneuse Conference on Spoken English
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Full Title: 17th Villetaneuse Conference on Spoken English
Short Title: ALOES 2014

Date: 04-Apr-2014 - 05-Apr-2014
Location: Paris, France
Contact Person: Pierre Fournier
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Phonetics; Phonology

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

Spoken English and the Media

An object of distortion, caricature and even mockery, English spoken in the media will be the main theme of the 2014 edition of our international conference on Spoken English.

A pre-conference workshop will be held in Paris Diderot on 3 April about the NECTE corpus (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/necte/) and the talk of the Toon project (http://research.ncl.ac.uk/decte/toon/).

Guest Speaker:

Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Call for Papers:

We invite contributions on different aspects of English as spoken in the media, like, amongst others, journalistic verbal tics, the choice of tonic syllables, the use of gimmicks or of particular prosodic patterns.

Variation is also an interesting topic: inter- and intra-speaker variation can be dealt with. Do all presenters speak the same way or do they favour individual particular features? Variation according to journalistic styles can also be taken into consideration: do newsreaders and sport journalists use the same intonation patterns? Speech rate and rhythm are certainly different according to the situation. Can differences be found between TV and radio broadcasts? Is it possible to talk of typical TV prosody for example? The new media newscast, podcast, webcast could be analysed in various ways too.

Diachronic studies will also be considered, for instance studies showing the evolution of the accent heard on the radio: is it still possible to talk of a 'BBC' accent today?

Papers dealing with the influence of the media on spoken English will also be welcome: does the English spoken in the media play a part in the phenomenon of levelling and the attrition of marked variants or, on the contrary, does the diversity of accents heard nowadays favour counter levelling?
These aspects are by no means exhaustive, and all related issues or approaches that can shed light on the topic will be considered.

The theme has been selected at least for the first day of the conference. There is however a possibility to make proposals dealing with other topics. Each talk will last thirty minutes followed by ten minutes for discussion. Posters will also be considered.

A selection of papers will be considered for publication.

Deadline for submission: 31 December 2013

Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts in English or French of one 300-word page (excluding references) should be sent to: Pierre Fournier, pierre.fournieruniv-paris13.fr.

Please send your proposal in 2 files, one in .doc with name and affiliation, the other anonymous in .pdf.

Contact person: Pierre Fournier, pierre.fournieruniv-paris13.fr

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