LINGUIST List 26.3456

Fri Jul 31 2015

Calls: Anthropological Ling, Applied Ling, Discourse Analysis, Socioling/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 31-Jul-2015
From: Alexei Prikhodkine <>
Subject: Conference of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics (Vals-Asla): “The Process of Differentiation: Language Practices in Social Interpretation”
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Full Title: Conference of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics (Vals-Asla): “The Process of Differentiation: Language Practices in Social Interpretation”
Short Title: Vals-Asla 2016

Date: 20-Jan-2016 - 22-Jan-2016
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Contact Person: Daniel Elmiger
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 23-Aug-2015

Meeting Description:

Conference of the Swiss Association for Applied Linguistics (Vals-Asla): “The Process of differentiation: language practices in social interpretation”

If heterogeneity is inherent in the use of natural languages, differences in language practices contribute to social differentiation only when identified and interpreted (consciously or unconsciously) through different filters. Thus, based on the representations users in social groups have, certain language practices can become symbols, while others will be processed or ignored. The social meaning of a linguistic practice, however, is not stably bound to a particular social group: its inclusion in a network of equivalences and contrasts depends on the sociolinguistic configuration of a verbal interaction. As a result, language practices can be redeployed in new configurations to signal new social boundaries. The speakers’ identifications, however, are not only determined by their own volition. The differentiation process involves, in effect, an interaction between external forces and the desire of a group to distinguish themselves from others in a social space.

The aim of the conference is thereby to examine the role of language use in the construction of boundaries (ethnic, geographic, etc.) in different social spheres (education, labor market, political speech, etc.). This conference will also address the challenges of the differentiation process, insofar as the very activity of creating borders – in its scope as inclusive and exclusive – involves the legitimacy of certain social affiliations.

Keynote Speakers:

Alexandre Duchêne (University of Fribourg)
Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
Jürgen Erfurt (Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main)
Silvana Ferreri (University of Tuscia, Viterbo)
Philippe Hambye (Catholique University of Louvain).

Important Dates:

Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2015
Feedback from the Conference Committee : October 31, 2015
Deadline for Early Bird Registration: December 8, 2015
Deadline for Online Registration: January 10, 2016

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: Aug 23, 2015

Colloque / Tagung / Convegno / Conference Vals-Asla 2016, 20-22.1.2016, Genève

Processus de différenciation:
des pratiques langagières 
à leur interprétation sociale
Differenzierungsprozesse: der Sprachgebrauch und seine soziale Interpretation
Processi di differenziazione: dalle pratiche linguistiche alla loro interpretazione sociale
The Process of differentiation: language practices in social interpretation

Last reminder:
Envoi des résumés jusqu’au / Abstracteinreichung bis / Invio dei riassunti entro / Submissions accepted until: 23.08.2015
Adresse / Indirizzo / Address:

Salutations cordiales / Mit freundlichen Grüssen / Cordiali saluti / Kind regards
Le comité d’organisation / Le comité d’organisation / Il comitato d’organizzazione / The Organizing Committee

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