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LINGUIST List 24.5357

Fri Dec 20 2013

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Austria

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

Date: 20-Dec-2013
From: Imke Mendoza <imke.mendozasbg.ac.at>
Subject: Ideology in Grammar
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Full Title: Ideology in Grammar

Date: 10-Apr-2014 - 12-Apr-2014
Location: Salzburg, Austria
Contact Person: Imke Mendoza
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Dec-2013

Meeting Description:

The 'making' and maintaining of a standard variety is invariably tied to the speech community's beliefs and attitudes about their own and other languages and varieties. These beliefs and attitudes and their linguistic and sociolinguistic consequences have been discussed under the heading 'linguistic ideologies'. Linguistic ideologies not only affect the surface level of language (lexicon and phonology). They may as well have an impact on the morphosyntactic layer and thereby become also a factor in the grammar of a language.

Plenary Speakers:

Tilman Berger (Tübingen)
Daniel Bunčić (Köln)
Victor A. Friedman (Chicago)
Hubert Haider (Salzburg)
Geoffrey Pullum (Edinburgh)

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: 31 December 2013
Notification of acceptance: 15 January 2014

Since the codification and standardisation of a language, i.e. its purposeful modeling ‘as it should be’, involves deliberate choices, e.g. as regards the dialect basis and the structural variants to be chosen, this is probably the domain where ideologically biased assumptions are to be expected the most. But linguistic ideologies may be at work also in other domains, such as discussions about the identity-creating force of non-standard varieties, e.g. dialects. Pullum (2006) lists among the main factors tacitly determining the discussions about language and languages the interaction between descriptive and prescriptive and between constitutive and regulative rules. The interplay of these factors in scientific as well as popular scientific discussions may result in the blending of the factual description of linguistic structures and the positive or negative assessment of possible variants.

The aim of this conference is to discuss ideological traces in grammar, focusing on the following main questions:

- Which ideological conceptions can be detected as underlying assumptions concerning the structure of language?
- To what extent do ideological conceptions influence the codification of language?
- How do ideological conceptions interfere with the use of language?
- Is there any way to avoid the influence of ideology on codification and, more general, on the description of language?
- What are the relations between ideology and language contact?

We invite abstracts including the following topics:

- Manifestation of ideology in specific aspects of language and language structure, including: variation (effects of correctness conditions on the selection of and attitudes to variation), literacy (effects of naturalness assumptions on the choice of script), language change and language contact (effects of prestige on speech forms), language planning (effects of language attitude on the choice of linguistic variants)
- Definition of ideological axioms and their application
- Interrelation of ideology and theoretical approaches
- Assessment of non-standard structural variants

Submission Details:

We invite submissions of anonymous abstracts for 30 minute talks including discussion.

Submissions should not exceed one page, Times New Roman 12pt. single spaced, with an optional additional page for examples and references. Either PDF or Word format is accepted.

Please send your abstracts to Imke Mendoza (Imke.Mendozasbg.ac.at) and Barbara Sonnenhauser (barbara.sonnenhauserunivie.ac.at).

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