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Tue Oct 17 1995

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  1. Women 'n Language, call for papers

Message 1: call for papers

Date: Mon, 16 Oct 1995 10:20:30 call for papers
From: Women 'n Language <>
Subject: call for papers

Hi, we'd like to post the following call for papers:

1996 Berkeley Women and Language Conference
Gender and Belief Systems
April 19-21, 1996, Berkeley Conference Center, Berkeley, CA

[Apologies if you have already received this. If you wish to be
taken off the mailing list, please respond to bwlggarnet.berkeley.
edu. Thanks!]

The topic of the Fourth Berkeley Women and Language Conference is Gender
and Belief Systems. This includes such issues as expression of
spirituality; how language reflects beliefs about gender; beliefs about
the language of particular groups; and the interaction of language and
gender with religions, political, social, cultural or intellectual systems.

Beliefs of many types are often taken for granted both in studies of
language structure and in those of gender. Belief commonly serves as a
starting point, but is not investigated in its own right. This topic
encourages works exploring the foundations of ideological/epistemological

We especially encourage innovative approaches to subfields of linguistics
not traditionally associated with gender studies, such as phonetics,
phonology, syntax, and semantics, in addition to sociolinguistic,
pragmatic, and discourse analyses. Papers from various fields such as
religious studies, anthropology, education, psychology, ethnic studies,
legal studies, language and literature are encouraged. However,
all papers should involve both language and gender.

Invited speakers include:

Niko Besnier, Dept. of Anthropology, Yale University
Suzanne Fleischman, Dept. of French, UC Berkeley
Nancy Henley, Dept. of Psychology, UCLA
Janet Holmes, Dept. of Linguistics, Victoria Univ. of Wellington
Cheris Kramarae, Dept. of Women's Studies, Univ. of Ill. at Urbana-Champaign
John McWhorter, Dept. of Linguistics and African-American Studies, UC Berkeley
Barrie Thorne, Dept. of Sociology and Women's Studies, UC Berkeley

and presenting a special panel:
	A Retrospective on progress in the field since the 1983 publication
	of "Language, Gender and Society"
	with Nancy Henley, Cheris Kramarae, and Barrie Thorne

As a condition of participation, all speakers are expected to submit their
conference papers for publication in the Proceedings of
the 1996 Berkeley Women and Language Conference. (We may also
publish selected papers with a major publisher.) Speakers will be allowed
20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. To submit an
abstract, send six copies of an anonymous 500-word proposal (one page,
unreduced) to the address below, along with one copy of a 150-word
abbreviation of this proposal for publication in the conference program. The
deadline for abstracts is January 10, 1996. We ask that you make your
abstract as specific as possible, including a statement of your topic or
problem, your approach, and your conclusions. Abstracts should be
accompanied by a single 3 x 5 card with: (1) the title of the paper, (2) the
author's name, (3) the author's affiliation (department and university), and
(4) the phone, e-mail, and street address at which the author wishes to
receive notification in early February,1996, of acceptance or rejection. Please
address all correspondence to: Berkeley Women and Language Group,
2337 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 94720
(telephone: 510-642-2757; e-mail:; fax: 510-
643-5688). BWLG Web site:

Registration Fees: Before March 30, 1996: $20 for students, $30 for non-
studentsfter March 30, 1996: $30 for students, $40 for non-students
Wheelchair accessible.
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