LINGUIST List 24.1127

Tue Mar 05 2013

Calls: Applied Ling, Socioling, Discourse Analysis, Anthro Ling, Text/Corpus Ling/UK

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Date: 05-Mar-2013
From: Bernadette O'Rourke <>
Subject: British Association for Applied Linguistics
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Full Title: British Association for Applied Linguistics Short Title: BAAL
Date: 05-Sep-2013 - 07-Sep-2013 Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom Contact Person: Bernadette O'Rourke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 22-Mar-2013

Meeting Description:

British Association for Applied Linguistics
Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics

Over the last number of decades, research in the area of applied linguistics has been transformed by an increasing focus on the social, cultural and linguistic changes brought about by globalisation, increased mobility and transnational flows, new technologies and a changing political and economic landscape. These changes have had major implications for the ways in which we conceptualise the relationship between language and society in the twenty-first century. A new communicative order has emerged in which we find new types of speakers, new forms of language and new modes of communication. The conference theme ‘Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics’ addresses the challenges and opportunities that this new communicative order presents in the field of applied linguistics. To understand the complexity of this new (socio)linguistic reality, the conference explores new lines of communication between sub-disciplines within and beyond the field of applied linguistics.

Keynote Speakers:

Kathryn Woolard, University of California, San Diego
Jannis Androutsopoulos, Universität Hamburg
Svenja Adolphs, University of Nottingham

BAAL 2013 will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland’s inspiring and dynamic capital. This year’s conference is organised by the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. Set in secluded parkland seven miles west of Edinburgh, the venue is ideally located within ten minutes from Edinburgh Airport and central to Scotland’s motorway network with easy access to Glasgow and the north. The campus is easily accessible by car and there is a regular bus service to the city centre. We promise a memorable social programme which include our gala dinner and céilidh in the Scottish Cafe and Restaurant at the Scottish National Galleries.

2nd Call for Papers:

Abstracts are welcome in any area of Applied Linguistics, should be interesting and innovative in some way, and should be of scholarly and academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.

Extended deadline for receipt of abstracts: 22 March 2013

Submitting your Abstract:

Please go to the BAAL conferences webpage to submit your abstract and follow the steps below (this works best in Internet Explorer 5.5 or better):

Register with the submission system. Make sure to save your details in case you want to amend your submission later. You will be sent an email about successful registration and submission guidelines, the latter of which you are free to ignore if you are familiar with online abstract submission.

Go back to the abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the submission process (you will have to answer a maximum of ten questions). An email confirmation of receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your contact details will be included in the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process.

If you are unable to submit your abstract online, contact Dawn Knight at


- Title in Times New Roman 12 (do not use all caps, no bold print)- Text 300 words maximum (including references, if any)- Times New Roman 12- Align text left, single-spaced- Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps (italics fine)- Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract- Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead

Abstract Type:

Indicate the type of abstract that you are submitting during the submission process: individual presentation for parallel sessions; individual presentations for a SIG track; poster; or colloquium.

Individual Presentation for the Parallel Sessions:

Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions.

Individual Presentation for a Special Interest Group (SIG) Track:

If you believe your paper is of interest to a SIG track, you may want to submit it to one of the SIG tracks (all individuals, whether or not officially SIG members, are eligible). The SIG may then wish to include your paper in a track at the annual meeting. Submitting your abstract to a SIG track may or may not lead to your paper being included in a SIG track and has no impact on abstract acceptance to the conference. BAAL has ten Special Interest Groups. They are (1) UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum, (2) Corpus Linguistics, (3) Multimodality, (4) Language Learning and Teaching, (5) Language in Africa, (6) Gender and Language, (7) Vocabulary Studies, (8) Testing, Evaluation and Assessment, and (9) Intercultural Communication.


We strongly encourage the submission of abstracts for posters. We aim to raise the profile of posters at our conference since we value them as equal to other forms of presentation, and we believe that they tend to receive more feedback than individual papers. All posters will be listed in the book of abstracts, and there will be a dedicated area and time slot for discussion of poster presentations. There will also be a £50 prize for best poster displayed at the conference.

Proposed Colloquium Paper:

Colloquium introduction and individual papers within the colloquium must be submitted separately, due to technical constraints. The organiser of the colloquium should first submit colloquium title and introduction along with an overview of paper titles in the colloquium (max 450 words). The paper abstracts of the colloquium should then be submitted by the organiser one by one, entitled ‘Paper X of colloquium title: paper title’ followed by the abstract (max 300 words per abstract). Colloquia have half a day and a minimum of four papers. Colloquia proposers should plan their half day in four slots, in step with the individual paper slots. If they wish to have a larger number of papers, they may fit two papers into what would normally be a single slot. Colloquia papers should cohere. The order of the papers should not be changed after acceptance.

All presenters have to be BAAL members by the time they register for the conference.

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