LINGUIST List 24.4877

Mon Dec 02 2013

Calls: Spanish, Portuguese, Ling & Literature, Discourse Analysis, Socioling, Language Acq, Psycholing/USA

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Date: 02-Dec-2013
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Subject: Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Symposium
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Full Title: Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Symposium Short Title: GRAPHSY
Date: 04-Apr-2014 - 05-Apr-2014 Location: Washington, DC, USA Contact Person: Jafte Robles
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Ling & Literature; Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Portuguese; Spanish

Call Deadline: 01-Feb-2014

Meeting Description:

The 7th Annual Graduate Spanish and Portuguese Symposium (GRAPHSY) will take place April 4 and 5, 2013 at Georgetown University. Hosted by the graduate students in the department of Spanish and Portuguese, our conference encompasses a wide range of linguistic and literature topics that exemplify our department. It is an ideal stage for graduate students and up-and-coming scholars to present works in progress and completed research in a comfortable yet professional atmosphere.

Keynote Speakers:

Ruben Ríos Ávila (PhD, Cornell University), is currently a visiting professor at New York University (NYU). Previously, he was professor and Chair of the Comparative Literature program at the University of Puerto Rico. He is one of the most innovative literary and cultural critics of contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. His areas of specialization are queer studies, literary theory, Lacanian psychoanalysis, as well as Spanish‐American cinema and literature. He has published, among other works, La raza cómica del sujeto en Puerto Rico (2002) and Embocadura (2003).

Meghan Armstrong (PhD, The Ohio State University), is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts‐Amherst. Her primary interests are intonational development and childhood acquisition of intonational forms and meanings. She has explored the pragmatics and acquisition of yes-no question intonation in Puerto Rican Spanish and is currently investigating this type of intonational development in English among European-American, African‐American, and L1 Spanish-speaking children in the American South. She uses eye-tracking methodology to explore how children integrate intonational and lexical cues with situational information and world knowledge.

Call for Papers:

This year's conference is dedicated to changes and constants, cycles of rupture and fusion that cause friction, the traces and signs of tensions between the past and the present, between the former and the yet-to-come. As living, dynamic human creations, language and narrative manifest constants and contrasts that connect us, even as they separate us. In this vein, we invite presentationsthat explore similarities,equivalences, variations, and transformations in language, in linguistic, cultural and literary creation, as well as in critiques and theory, and the fostering of interdisciplinary exchange.

Graduate students are welcome to propose presentations and works-in-progress related to the following topics:


- Dialogue with the past through rewrites and/or adaptations
- Post)colonial (re‐)readings- Visual art and its challenge to writing
- Pop culture along with or versus the canon
- Dialogues and frictions in Latin American and/or Peninsular literature
- The transatlantic focus as a space of negotiation and change
- Post-national literatures
- Cinematographic imagination
- The literature of voyages/trips
- The study/strengths/challenges of translation


- Language variation and change
- Theoretical linguistics
- Discourse analysis
- Contact between languages and the negotiation between them
- Heritage languages
- Bilingualism
- Languages and immersion/study abroad
- Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics
- Acquisition of a first or second language(s)
- Instruction and evaluation in SLA- Interaction between languages and culture- Acquisition and attrition of languages
- Languages and technology

Please send a 250-word abstract (as a PDF or Word doc attachment) by February 1, 2014 to Indicate in the subject line whether the proposal is for linguistics or literature. In the body of the email, please include your full name, academic title, university affiliation and contact information. Abstracts may be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English.

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