LINGUIST List 9.270

Mon Feb 23 1998

Confs: Sociolinguistics Symposium

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  1. Euan Reid, Sociolinguistics Symposium

Message 1: Sociolinguistics Symposium

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 04:39:01 +0000
From: Euan Reid <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics Symposium

REMINDER: you can still register (at the Standard Rate of 140 pounds
sterling until February 28, thereafter 160 pounds) for 'SS12' - the 12th
the European side of the Atlantic!
 'SS12' will be held at the
 University of London
 Thursday 26th MARCH (mid-day)
 Saturday 28th MARCH (mid-day)
 Plenaries Colloquia Papers in Parallel Sessions
 Short 'Work in Progress' Reports Poster Presentations
 Publishers Displays Social Events
 British Sign Language Interpretation available to participants who
 request this in advance.
 Academic Organising Committee
 Professor Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of
 London; Professor Jennifer Coates, Roehampton Institute London; Dr
 Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Birkbeck College, University of London; Dr Ben
 Rampton & Celia Roberts, Thames Valley University; Euan Reid, Institute
 of Education, University of London.; Professor Brian Street, King's
 College, University of London.
 Professor Jan BLOMMAERT (University of Antwerp/International Pragmatics
 Association): Reconstructing the Sociolinguistic Image of Africa:
 Grassroots Writing in Shaba, Congo.
 Professor Debbie CAMERON (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow), Good to
 Talk? The Discourse and Practice of Communication Skills.
 Professor Penny ECKERT (Stanford University) Variation, Style & Identity.
 Professor Susan GAL (University of Chicago) Language Ideologies and
 Linguistic boundaries: the Semiotics of Differentiation.
 1. Speech Representation & Institutional Discourse
 Convenors: Stef Slembrouck, Dept of English, University of Gent, Belgium
 & Mike Baynham, Centre for Language & Literacy, University of Technology,
 This Colloquium aims to bring together concerns with institutional
 discourse and an interest in discourse representation phenomena
 ('reported speech'). Its focus will be on how institutional members
 (clients, professionals and novices) represent, incorporate and
 appropriate the discourses ('voices') of 'the other' in their own
 discourse. This theme is intended to reflect the growing body of
 research into practices of discourse representation in a range of sites
 (media, legal, educational, social work).
 In these sites, such practices are often constitutive of institutional
 processes and affect institutional outcomes. The Colloquium theme also
 ties in with the current interest (within pragmatics, discourse analysis,
 etc.) in re-contextualisation and processes of (re)formulation.
 Contributors include: Malcolm Coulthard, Janet Maybin, Geert Jacobs,
 Titus Ensink, Greg Myers, Graham Hall, Srikant Sarangi & Akira Satoh,
 2. Constructing the University: Problematizing the notion of language in
 academic discourse.
 Convenors: Carys Jones & Brian Street, School of Education, King's
 College, University of London
 The aim of this colloquium is to explore issues surrounding academic
 literacies and the genre of faculty feedback, with particular reference
 to British and international students in Higher Education. Rather than
 focus on study skills or academic socialisation, the dominant discourses
 in this field, the session will address from a number of perspectives
 the model of academic literacies and discourses, which problematise the
 varied literacy practices involved in the constitution of 'the
 In particular the focus will be on the gap between student and faculty
 expectations of academic writing processes and the conceptualisation and
 representation of 'language' embedded in them. Contributors will
 include, in addition to the convenors, Fiona English, Monika
 Hermerschmidt, Mary Lea, Mary Scott, Joan Turner & Theresa Lillis.
 3. Language, Gender & Sexuality
 Convenor: Debbie Cameron (University of Strathclyde)
 This Colloquium is a response to the rapid development of sociolinguistic
 work in which sexuality or sexual identity is a key social variable.
 Among the questions we hope to reflect on, in papers, responses to papers
 and open discussion, are: is there and should there be a distinctive
 gay/lesbian sociolinguistics? how should we theorise the relationship
 between sexuality and gender? have sociolinguists talked too little
 about heterosexualities? how do sociolinguists position themselves with
 regard to existing theories of sexual identity/practice, especially
 feminist theory and queer theory?
 Contributors : Kathryn Remlinger, Paul McIlvenny, Joanne Winter .
 4. Oral Narratives across Contexts & Cultures
 Convenors: Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Dept. of Byzantyne and Modern Greek
 Studies, King's College, University of London & Shoshana Blum-Kulka,
 Department of Communication, Hebrew University, JERUSALEM, Israel.
 The goal of the colloquium is to bring together ethnographic, discourse
 analytical and interactional sociolinguistic perspectives to discuss the
 role of context and culture in the discursive shaping of oral narrative
 modes and functions. The papers presented will attempt to combine
 micro-level with macro-level analytic concerns, and their scope will
 cover a wide range of oral narrative modes (e.g. conversational stories,
 life histories, mediated discourse narratives,family dinner narratives)
 in different communities.
 Papers will be presented by Catherine Snow, Shoshana Blum-Kulka,
 Alexandra Georgakopoulou, Esther Schelly-Newman and Tamar Katriel. The
 discussants of the presentations will include Johanna Thornborrow, Maria
 Sifianou, Mike Baynham and Paddy Scannell.
 5. Disability, Language & Social Identity
 Convenor: Graham H. Turner, Deaf Studies Group, Department of Education
 Studies, University of Central Lancashire, PRESTON
 This interdisciplinary Colloquium sets out to address questions raised by
 claims about 'Deaf identity' - in the sense of an identity shaped by
 distinct linguistic and cultural forms - and other disabled identities,
 by focusing upon the role of language in discourse practices that
 construct and reflect such identities. Does the language currently used
 by and about disabled people (including Deaf people) sustain the
 distinction, and what part does language play in any changes being
 In spite of the existence of theoretical Deaf and disability literature,
 relatively little has to date emerged by way of empirical accounts of
 language choices in either personal or institutional discourse, and there
 has been little theorization of language practices in such contexts.
 While sociolinguists' discussions of (for instance) ethnicities move on
 from the debate about group-membership-as-acquired-disposition versus
 group-membership-as-situated-performance, there remains little
 exploration of even these two notions in relation to language and
 The purpose of this Colloquium is to assess the state of knowledge in
 this field and to begin to explore (a) the role of disabled people in
 effecting language change, (b) the extent to which communicative
 practices are defining in relation to disabled identities, (c) what (if
 any) patterns emerge from the cross-referencing of different groups in
 this regard and (d) what kinds of research could tell us more about the
 role of language in constructing and performing disability.
 Within this session (which will have British Sign Language/English
 interpretation) four 25-minute papers will be followed by short
 independent responses from two discussants and an open workshop session
 for exploration of issues arising. Contributors include: Jenny Corbett,
 Mairian Corker, Susan Gregory, & Kyra Pollitt.
 6. Computer-Mediated Communication, Language and Society
 Convenor: Dr. Simeon J. Yates, Discipline Of Sociology, Faculty Of
 Social Sciences, Open University.
 The colloquium will cover a range of sociolinguistic topics relating to
 the use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) in contemporary society.
 CMC systems range from the personal forms of electronic mail and
 internet-relay chat, through on-line forms of audio and video
 conferencing, to the World Wide Web and other digital media formats.
 The aim of the colloquium is to explore, through the discussion of
 presented papers, the connections between language use, CMC and key
 aspects of contemporary society, such as: globalisation, work, politics,
 identity, gender and media genres.
 This colloquium represents a development of the session on the
 socio-linguistics of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) held at SS11,
 and will provide an opportunity for researchers in this field to present
 and discuss current theories and findings. The focus of the session will
 be upon the relationship between contemporary society, contemporary
 language use and the various forms of CMC.
 Speakers will include: Simeon J. Yates, Susan Herring, John Paolillo,
 Lynn Cherny, Lorenzo Mondada, Robert Fouser, Zazie Todd, P.Nayar &
 Jacqueline Johnson Lambiase..
 7. Maintaining Indigenous Languages, with special reference to Latin
 America - State Planning vs Grass-roots Initiatives:
 Convenors: Jane Freeland (Univ of Portsmouth) & Rosaleen Howard-Malverde
 (Univ of Liverpool)
 Latin American governments are giving increasing attention to the
 maintenance of indigenous langauges, mainly through formal education.
 However, outcomes frequently clash with, are even destructive of,
 language maintenance strategies developed by organised indigenous groups.
 This workshop will explore the relationship between these different
 approaches, through a series of brief case studies (pre-circulated), but
 above all through extensive discussionof the language planning issues
 raised by this clash.
 Speakers will include: Kendall King, Sheila Aikman, Serafin
 Coronel-Molina, Tim Marr & Eliseo Canulef M.
 8. Language & Multimodality
 Convenor: Prof. Gunther Kress, Culture Communication and Societies (CCS)
 Group, Institute of Education, LONDON
 Texts in many domains of public communication are becoming more intensely
 multimodal: that is, they make a deliberate use of the visual as well as
 the written (where before that might have been an incidental matter) for
 overt purposes of communication. Social difference therefore finds
 expression not only in the linguistic mode whether written or spoken
 (as in generic or discursive differences, eg ) but in other modes.
 Different combinations, different emphases of modes may respond to
 different social purposes, so that even at this level there is a new
 issue of what the consequences are for language. If in a multimodal text
 some information is carried visually and some verbally - where before it
 was all carried verbally - it follows that language will play a
 different role in the overtly multi modal text than it did in the
 formerly (at least ostensibly) monomodal text.
 Other participants: Theo van Leeuwen, David Graddol, Roz Ivanic & Fiona
 Ormerod, Radan Martinec,
 Carey Jewitt, and Judy Delin.
 9. Teaching & Learning Bilingually in Post-Colonial Contexts
 Convenors: Marilyn Martin-Jones, University of Lancaster & Peter
 Martin, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.
 Over the last decade, there has been an increasing amount of research into
 language practices in schools and classrooms in a number of post-colonial
 contexts. In each of these multililngual contexts, a former colonial
 language is still used as a medium of instruction.
 The aim of this Colloquium is to bring together researchers working in
 different multilingual sites and to enable them to compare insights from
 research which combines detailed analysis of bilingual classroom discourse
 with ethnographic observation. Our specific objectives are (1) to compare
 the ways in which teachers and learners in these settings accomplish
 lessons in two languages; (2) to identify commonalities and differences
 in bilingual discourse practices observed and analysed in different
 institutional sites; (3) to discuss the implications of these
 commonalities and differences.
 Contributors include: Casimir Rubagumya, Grace Bunyi & Nancy Hornberger,
 Angel Lin & Jo Arthur, in addition to the convenors.
 10. Language Play & the Construction of Meaning among Working Class
 Teenagers in Hong Kong.
 Convenor: Angel Lin, City University of Hong Kong. Other contributors
 will include Isaac Lam, Michelle Kwan, Tit-wing Lo & Kevin Chu, with
 Chris Candlin as discussant.
 11. There will also be a Postgraduate Workshop, convened by Kristina
 Bennert, of University College, Cardiff.
 By post: The full provisional programme is now being sent by post to
 people as they register, along with local travel details, and hotel
 booking arrangements.
 On the Internet: our website is being updated regularly until the event
 itself, and you can find us at:
 As well as the Colloquia, the programme includes c60 35-minute 'Papers'
 - where presenters are being encouraged to speak for no more than c20
 minutes, leaving c15 minutes for questions and discussion, c20 15 minute
 'Reports' on work in progress), and c12 'Posters'. The criteria for
 selection were: originality, significance, estimated contribution to
 conceptual development of the field, lucidity.
 All submissions, including those for the Colloquia, were subject to
 anonymous review by members of the committee during September and October
 1997, with the help of Colloquium convenors where appropriate.
 In addition to those speaking in the Colloquia, presenters will include
 David Barton, Stella Bortoni-Ricardo, Jennifer Coates, Jenny Cheshire,
 Gemma Moss, Anne Pauwels , Mark Sebba, Alison Sealey.
 Standard Symposium Fee - 140 pounds sterling
 Late Symposium Fee - 160 pounds sterling
 (for bookings received after February 27, 1998)
 Student/Unwaged Symposium Fee - 95 pounds,
 (on production of satisfactory evidence of status)
 Day Symposium Fees (only available after the standard booking period
 ends on February 27, 1998, and if places are left).
 The form which follows is only about registration for the Symposium
 itself, administered by the Institute of Education's Conference Office:
 email, NOT, PLEASE NOT, the sender of this message!
 (For Accommodation see note at end.) Payment of the appropriate
 Symposium Fee is obligatory, and will entitle you to all documents for
 the meeting (programme, abstracts booklet, participants list), and to a
 badge giving admission to sessions, tea/coffee etc at breaks, and buffet
 Please complete the following as you would like it to appear on the
 participants' list - only one person on each form]:
 Your title: (Mr/Ms/Dr/Prof/.....)
 Your family name:
 Your other name(s):
 Your institution & departmental address:
 Phone and fax numbers for communication (say if work or private):
 Your email number:
 Address for correspondence if different from your institution:
 EITHER for the whole meeting
 or  standard rate of 140 pounds
 or  late rate of 160 pounds
 OR for the following half-days
 Thursday 26/3  45 pounds
 Friday 27/3 am  45 "
 Friday 27/3 pm  45 "
 Saturday 28/3  45 "
 Completed Registration Forms, along with sterling cheques (non-sterling
 cheques or bank transfers add 10% please) payable to 'Institute of
 Education - SS12', should be sent to

The Conference Office (SS12), Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way,
London WC1H 0AL, UK.

Booking Enquiries can be made to the Conference Officer there, Cathy Bird
( Tel: +44.171.612.6017....Fax: +44.171.612.6402.
 Bookings should be made independently, or through Hotelscene, a
 reservation service offering discounted accommodation in a range of
 hotels etc within a few minutes walk from the Institute of Education in
 the Bloomsbury district of West Central London.
 Hotelscene information will be normally only sent to you on receipt of
 your registration forms, but can be sent earlier if you need it - on
 request to the Conference Office. Single room and breakfast prices will
 be from about 20 pounds per night in a student hall of residence [not
 many of these left now], to about \163100 per night in a first class hotel -
 less per head in double rooms.
 website address for updates on ss12:

Euan Reid
Culture, Communication and Societies
Institute of Education
University of London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: + 44 171 612 6524/Fax: + 44 171 612 6177
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