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LINGUIST List 18.80

Thu Jan 11 2007

Calls: General Ling/Portugal; Phonology, Semantics, Syntax/Austria

Editor for this issue: Dan Parker <danlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Maria Kuteeva, Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries
        2.    Daniel Jacob, Focus and Background in Romance Languages


Message 1: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries
Date: 03-Jan-2007
From: Maria Kuteeva <kuteevaiscal.ipl.pt>
Subject: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries



Full Title: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries
Short Title: 6th AELFE Conference

Date: 13-Sep-2007 - 15-Sep-2007
Location: Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal
Contact Person: Maria Kuteeva
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://edupt.com/aelfe2007

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2007

Meeting Description:

This conference will focus on recent trends in the teaching and learning of languages for specific purposes in the context of blurring boundaries.

Plenary speakers:

Greg Myers(University of Lancaster)

Gibson Ferguson (University of Sheffield)

Cristina Pinto da Silva (ISCA/IPP)


This conference will focus on recent trends in the teaching and learning of languages for specific purposes. Learner-centred approaches to language teaching have been reinforced by the Bologne process, whose aim is to shift the teaching paradigm towards learning outcomes and to promote recognition of degrees across borders between European member states. Likewise, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages aims to harmonise language teaching and learning all over Europe and to place extra emphasis on the importance of life-long learning. Recent developments in ICT have made it possible to communicate, teach and learn from any place and at any time, and have all but erased the boundaries between teaching and learning both within the European Union and worldwide.

Plenary speakers:

Greg Myers, PhD (University of Lancaster)
''Locating Blogs: in space, in the blogosphere, in discourse, in the classroom''

Gibson Ferguson, PhD (University of Sheffield)
''ESP and English as a European Lingua Franca (EELF): the prospects and problems of a
complex relationship''

Cristina Pinto da Silva, PhD (ISCA/IPP)
''Teachers and Learners as Researchers: Turning Classroom Research into
Language Learning Opportunities''

Contributions are invited to the following panels:

Discourse Studies
Didactics and Language Acquisition
Translation
Terminology and Lexicography
Information and Communication Technologies
Cognitive Linguistics and Languages for Specific Purposes

Deadlines:

Submission of proposals (maximum 500 including bibliography): 1 March 2007
Submission of full papers for publication in the proceedings (2,500 words): 15 May 2007

Organising Committee:

Maria Kuteeva (President)
Hélder Fanha Martins
Ana Sofia Carvalho
Maria João Ferro
Pedro Pinheiro (Treasurer)

email: aelfe2007iscal.ipl.pt



Message 2: Focus and Background in Romance Languages
Date: 03-Jan-2007
From: Daniel Jacob <daniel.jacobuni-koeln.de>
Subject: Focus and Background in Romance Languages



Full Title: Focus and Background in Romance Languages

Date: 23-Sep-2007 - 27-Sep-2007
Location: Vienna, Austria
Contact Person: Daniel Jacob
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.romanistentag.info

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Semantics; Syntax

Language Family(ies): Romance

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2007

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the XXX. Deutscher Romanistentag (30th Biannual Meeting of
the German Society for Romance Studies - Deutscher Romanistenverband),
University of Vienna, 23-Sep-2007 - 27-Sep-2007


Inspired by the ground-breaking work of the Prague School, a substantial
body of studies has identified Functional Sentence Perspective or
information structure as a major determinant in choosing between linguistic
variants. Cross-linguistically, information structure has turned out to be
crucial for our understanding of how phonology, morphosyntax, semantics,
and lexical choices interact in discourse. Information structure and its
distinctions can be conveyed in particular by prosody and the use of
particles, but also syntactically by variation in argument structure and
constituent order, which includes non-canonical options such as dislocation
or clefting.

In Romance linguistics, there is a long-standing tradition of research devoted
to the empirical investigation of such phenomena , especially in stylistics,
text linguistics, and variationist studies. Recently, information structure in
Romance languages has also been studied by formal approaches to
comparative syntax and semantics. Many such studies claim that a single
opposition such as 'theme-rheme' cannot explain all linguistically relevant
aspects of information structure. A more differentiated analytic inventory
should, for example, distinguish 'topic-comment' and 'focus-background'
structure as separate, if interrelated dimensions in explaining sentence form.

We invite papers describing formal and functional aspects of focus marking
in Romance languages. Our workshop is open to researchers of different
theoretical persuasions and areas of specialization. In particular, we
welcome papers that discuss focusing and backgrounding strategies in text
and conversation, as well as papers addressing variation and change in
focus marking. Presentations are allotted 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for
questions. Contributions may be presented in any Romance language,
English, or German. Abstracts should include title, name(s), affiliation(s) and
email address(es) of author(s) and must not exceed one page. Please
submit your abstract as an email attachment (only Microsoft Word or pdf
formats) to the following addresses:

dufterlmu.de
daniel.jacobuni-koeln.de

Deadline for abstract submission: 28-Feb-2007
Notification of acceptance: 15-Apr-2007

Invited speakers:
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and ZAS Berlin; to be
confirmed)
Claude Muller (Université de Bordeaux)

Note that the workshop is part of the XXX. Deutscher Romanistentag. All
participants must register for the conference. Note also that in accordance
with the DRV guidelines no speaker is allowed to give a talk in more than
one workshop of the conference.

Daniel Jacob, University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln)
Andreas Dufter, University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
München)



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