LINGUIST List 23.5357

Wed Dec 19 2012

Calls: Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Socioling, Pragmatics/Netherlands

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 19-Dec-2012
From: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade <>
Subject: Prescription and Tradition in Language
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Full Title: Prescription and Tradition in Language
Date: 12-Jun-2013 - 14-Jun-2013 Location: Leiden, Netherlands Contact Person: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2013

Meeting Description:

4th Conference on Prescriptivism: Following three highly successful earlier conferences - Sheffield (2003), Ragusa (2006) and Toronto (2009) - the next Conference on Prescriptivism will be hosted in The Netherlands by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in collaboration with the Leiden Institute for Area Studies, from 12 to 14 June 2013, with a public event (mostly in Dutch) on 15 June.

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) engages in teaching as well as research in a wide variety of languages of the world, ranging from so-called Western languages to the languages of Africa, Eurasia and indigenous America. The Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) represents multidisciplinary approaches to the study of Asia and the Middle East.

Conference theme: It is from the various research perspectives embodied in these institutes that we wish to propose the theme of the conference: Prescription and Tradition in Language.

Different languages have undergone different standardisation processes in the course of their histories. For some, such as English and Dutch, standard languages developed from the Renaissance onwards, while for other languages, e.g. Basque or Indonesian, standardisation was initiated only relatively recently.

Whatever their duration and distribution, all these developments reflect a perceived need for prescription, which itself derives from linguistic, cultural, religious, ideological, political, educational and other sources. These factors often occur in complex combinations; modern examples are the official status of English in Cameroon and of Mandarin in Taiwan.

Plenary speakers at the conference will include:

Florian Coulmas (Duisburg/Essen, Duitsland)
Henning Klöter (Johann Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)
Carol Percy (University of Toronto)

Conference organisers: Ton van Haaften, Riikka Länsisalmi, Maarten Mous, Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade and Jeroen Wiedenhof

2nd Call for Papers:

The present call for papers has been extended by one month, to give more people time to present their abstracts. You will find further information on the conference at the Bridging the Unbridgeable blog ( as well as on the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics conference page (

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