LINGUIST List 23.3188

Wed Jul 25 2012

Calls: Discipline of Linguistics/France

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 09-Jul-2012
From: Marine Lasserre <>
Subject: Variation and Variability in the Language Sciences: Analysing, Measuring, Contextualising
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Full Title: Variation and Variability in the Language Sciences: Analysing, Measuring, Contextualising Short Title: JéTou
Date: 16-May-2013 - 17-May-2013 Location: Toulouse, France Contact Person: Marine Lasserre
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:
Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Call Deadline: 05-Oct-2012

Meeting Description:

The doctoral students in the Language Sciences laboratories at Toulouse University, France, are organizing the fourth edition of JéTou (Journées d'Etudes Toulousaines), an international conference aiming at gathering doctoral students and young researchers (who have defended their dissertation within the past three years) together, from the different disciplines of the Language Sciences, on an open and multidisciplinary theme. This 2013 edition will be devoted to a reflexion on the following theme: 'Variation and Variability in the Language Sciences: Analysing, Measuring, Contextualising'.

The notions of variation and variability are central to various studies in the Language Sciences. The linguist can investigate these notions as a research object or focus on the methodological issues these same notions raise.

Variation as a research object offers a wide range of possible reflexions. It can bring specific and fundamental perspective to the studies in the Language Sciences, through theoretical, historical or sociological contextualisation for instance. Besides, finding one's positioning in relation to a norm, a standard or studying the constraints and structures that a norm, a standard can impose, are as many research directions linked to the concept of variability. With the recent development of corpus linguistics, which allows for the description, analysis and comparison of the linguistic systems of the different languages on a large scale, the issues of change, evolution, instability or uncertainty seem to be of crucial scientific importance.

On a more methodological level, taking variation and variability into account seems to be one of the essential issues for the Language Sciences. The linguist can ask himself whether he is selecting and using the best measuring tools or the accurate analytical frameworks (whether they are qualitative or quantitative). Many approaches and many protocols try to take the notion of variability into account, for example through codings and transcriptions, fieldwork investigations and interviews, statistical tools, softwares and computer programming, selection of variables.

Call for Papers:

Articles must be written in French or in English.

Submissions must not exceed 2 pages for an oral presentation as well as for a scientific poster. These two pages must include a title, a summary, 5 keywords and up to 5 bibliographical references. You can indicate in the email you will be sending to us your preference for an oral presentation (20 min + 10 min for questions) or for a scientific poster (A1 format), but the final decision on the format of the presentation will be made by the organization committee alone. The text must be written in Times New Roman 12, single spaced and in A4 format (with 2.5 cm margins).

The deadline for submissions is Friday October 5, 2012. Submissions must be sent to the following email address:

The conference proceedings will be published and given to the participants. The guidelines for the articles that will be published in the proceedings will be given with the notification of acceptance.

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