LINGUIST List 22.4691

Fri Nov 25 2011

Calls: Discourse Analysis, Applied Ling/Malaysia

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        1.     Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam , University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference

Message 1: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference
Date: 24-Nov-2011
From: Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam <>
Subject: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference
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Full Title: University of Malaya Discourse and Society Conference Short Title: UMDS 2012
Date: 27-Jun-2012 - 29-Jun-2012 Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Contact Person: Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 21-Mar-2012

Meeting Description:

University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and SocietyTransforming Scholarship: Setting a New Agenda for Language Learning and ResearchIntercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, 27-29 June, 2012

The Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Malaya is pleased to announce the third University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society (UMDS 2012).

The aim of this conference is to go beyond conventional papers and presentations, and to set a new agenda for research and scholarship in the study of language, with the focus on discourse and society. The conference aims to bring together scholars, theoreticians and practitioners from different disciplines and professional fields to exchange ideas and offer new perspectives and directions in research on discourse and society. The meeting of the two different worlds of academic knowledge and professional experience is intended to lead both sides to a richer understanding of how language functions in contemporary society.

Secondly, the conference will be multidisciplinary in nature; the participation of practitioners from various fields is intended to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue which will enable us to engage in and make sense of the discursive practices of the professional world. At the same time, linguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis will provide the approaches and analytical tools to help make sense of the meaning-making process involved in this kind of interaction.

Finally, the conference provides a way forward for academics working on language from different disciplinary perspectives, particularly those at an early stage in their careers. It is hoped that the conference will open up new areas of research into language as discourse and as an academic subject in addition to promoting new approaches to the study of language to provide meaningful input into language teaching and learning and curriculum design for programmes in languages and linguistics.

Keynote Address:

Professor Ruth Wodak (University of Lancaster, UK)

Plenary Speakers:

Professor Robert B. Arundale (University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska)
Professor Basil Hatim (American University of Sharjah, UAE)
Professor Rod Ellis (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Associate Professor Angela Scarino (University of South Australia, Australia)
Professor Dr. Adeeba Kamaruzaman (University of Malaya, Malaysia)


Standard registration fee (Malaysians): RM800
Standard registration fee (International Participants): US$350
Student registration fee: RM350 (for local & international students enrolled in universities in Malaysia)
International student registration fee: US$150

The fee includes the conference kit, refreshments and lunch.

Call for Papers:

While papers are invited in English or Malay from any topic in the field of discourse, preference will be given to contributions that encourage debate from interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives. Areas of interest include:

Discourse and academic practices
Discourse and business practices
Discourse and health practices
Discourse and industrial practices
Discourse and legal practices
Discourse and media practices
Discourse and practices of service providers
Discourse and social work practices
Discourse and teaching practices
Other related areas of research in discourse and society

We also welcome papers dealing with the teaching of language as an academic subject in the context of discourse and society, and with language as the medium of instruction in different professional areas. The following are among the questions which we hope will be raised in the course of the conference:

What are our aims in teaching language as an academic subject and language in special areas of communication, e.g. language in medical, business or legal contexts?
How can we identify and share best practice in the teaching of discourse and communication in the context of contemporary society?
What is the role of linguistic form in these contexts of use?
What are the mechanisms for feeding research findings into teaching?


Abstracts are invited for appropriate oral or poster presentations on topics within the field of interest of the conference.

Duration of papers: 20 minutes (with an additional 10 minutes at the end of each session for discussion).

Abstract: A maximum of 250 words to be sent to the Head of the Abstracts Committee, Dr. Fauziah Taib ( by 21 March 2012. Authors will be notified by 31 March 2012.

Selected papers will be published in an internationally peer-reviewed book.


Please address all enquiries to the co-convenor of the conference, Dr. Krishnavanie Shunmugam (

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