LINGUIST List 26.1076

Wed Feb 25 2015

Calls: Applied Ling, General Ling, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics/Austria

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 23-Feb-2015
From: Melanie Lenzhofer-Glantschnig <>
Subject: Youth Languages. Variation - Dynamics - Continuity
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Full Title: Youth Languages. Variation - Dynamics - Continuity

Date: 26-May-2016 - 28-May-2016
Location: Graz, Austria
Contact Person: Arne Ziegler
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-May-2015

Meeting Description:

Youth Languages. Variation - Dynamics - Continutity
8th international conference on youth language 2016
26/05/-28/05/2016, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria

Language variability in youth communication, its dynamics in connection with social change against the background of inner and outer multilingualism, and recurring routines are the central aspects of research which will be dealt with at the 8th international conference on youth language 2016: Youth Languages. Variation – Dynamics – Continuity. Contributions from all areas of youth language research are welcome.

Call for Papers:

Contributions from all areas of youth language research are welcome. The focus of the conference will be, among others, on the following topics:

- Youth languages in urban centres – What effects do multilingualism, language contact with migration languages and conversations in multi-ethnical groups have on youth communication?
- Youth languages and dialect – Which role does the language use of young people play between the poles of standardisation and dialectalisation?
- Youth languages and empiricism – Which empirical methods, especially socio- and variation linguistic field methods, are suitable for current questions within youth language research?
- Perception of age-related language variation – Should the frequent use of particular features in youth communication be viewed as the reason for salience? If so, which linguistic characteristics are salient, and they be connected to aspects of language change?
- Youth languages and the media – To what extent can an interrelationship between written and spoken youth communication be observed? Which role do grown-ups play within media-communication?
- Social constructions of youth – Doing Youth, Doing Peer-group, Doing Gender are current key terms in youth language research. How can these procedures be described linguistically in an adequate way and can Undoing Youth/Peer-Group/Gender among young people potentially be determined by linguistic characteristics/structures?

We invite scholars and professionals to submit proposals (in English or German) before 15 May 2015. Conference languages are English and German.

Abstracts (one page including literature references) should be submitted via email to

Subsequent to the conference a publication of results is planned.

Conference homepage:

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