LINGUIST List 9.1472

Thu Oct 22 1998

Confs: Second Language/Stellenbosch South Africa

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  1. DEPARTEMENT ALGEMENE TAALWETENSKAP TEL 2010, Stellenbosch Conference on Linguistics: 29-31 March 1999

Message 1: Stellenbosch Conference on Linguistics: 29-31 March 1999

Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 14:58:28 +0200
Subject: Stellenbosch Conference on Linguistics: 29-31 March 1999




We are pleased to announce that a conference will be held in
Stellenbosch from 29 to 31 March 1999 on the theme of Second
Languages. We invite papers, poster presentations and workshops in
which problems related to second languages (L2) are examined from a
linguistic perspective. Topics in the following areas will be

 L2 acquisition
 Cognition and L2s
 L2 discourse
 Sociolinguistics of L2s
 Acquisition of literacy in an L2
 Cross-linguistic and cross-cultural
 Language disorders in L2
 Speech perception and production in L2

Preliminary details of the programme, presenters and topics, social
events, accommodation and transport will be included in the second
posting. If you are interested in participating, please submit a 250
word abstract to the following address before 25 November:

 The Conference Organisers
 Department of General Linguistics
 University of Stellenbosch

E-mail abstracts should be sent to: We can
also be contacted by telephone (27 21 8083531) and fax (27 21
8082009). If you are interested in attending, please contact us for
further information.


Stellenbosch is in the Western Cape province, located 50 km from Cape
Town, the oldest city in South Africa, lying at the foot of Table
Mountain. Cape Town is a vibrant meeting place of oceans, cultures,
languages, and people. Flanked by the Indian Ocean to the east and the
Atlantic Ocean to the west, Cape Town is a city of many contrasts: it
is a modern, cosmopolitan city within an architectural landscape that
reveals the city's historical development. The seat of parliament,
Cape Town is the cradle of the new South Africa.

Stellenbosch, founded in 1679, is a university town with a population
of about 60,000, excluding students. The town is set on the banks of a
river, in the premiere wine-growing Jonkershoek Valley, encircled by
majestic mountains. There is easy access to the nearby wine-growing
districts, fruitfarms, mountain ranges and neighbouring rustic towns.
For swimming, surfing and other watersports, superb beaches can be
reached within half an hour. Music, theatre and the arts thrive in
Stellenbosch, a very active cultural centre. Small, interesting art
galleries are dotted around the streets. During the summer,
concertgoers picnic in the gardens surrounding the local amphitheatre
while listening to a variety of musical performances.

The sports facilities in Stellenbosch provide an international venue
for major sports events such as athletics, cricket, rugby, golf,
cross-country, cycling and mountain biking.

Restaurants, bistros and pubs abound in Stellenbosch, many of them
serving excellent and innovative cuisine. Tourists are very well-cared
for in Stellenbosch's fine hotels, as well as in luxury and more
modest guest houses.

For many years now, Stellenbosch has been a prosperous and bustling
centre of commerce and agriculture. With over 100 estates it is the
heart of the burgeoning wine industry of South Africa. The wine-route
provides an opportunity for locals and tourists to visit some of the
many historic farms and wine-estates, established cellars, and
wine-tasting rooms. Not surprisingly, Stellenbosch is a high priority
on the itinerary of tourists.

The Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate, temperate all year

Summer: Dec - Feb 25-35oC (hot and dry)
Autumn: March - May 16-25oC (mild and sunny)
Winter: June - Aug 6-19oC (chilly and rainy)
Spring: Sept - Nov 19-14o (mild and warm)

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