LINGUIST List 26.4854

Mon Nov 02 2015

Calls: French, General Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 01-Nov-2015
From: Damien Gaucher <>
Subject: AFLS 2016 - Le français partagé
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Full Title: AFLS 2016 - Le français partagé

Date: 20-Jun-2016 - 22-Jun-2016
Location: Belfast, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Anna Tristram
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French

Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

The conference theme for AFLS 2016 addresses the concept of French as a shared language. In a period of significant population movement, it is timely to focus on the impact of mobility, migration and contact, both synchronically and diachronically. This impact is felt in a number of ways, not least on the evolution of the language itself (its lexis, syntax, morphology and phonology), on its usage in a variety of domains, on the identities of its speakers and on their attitudes towards the French language. Within francophone contexts, rural depopulation and the growth of super- diverse urban communities are also playing a role in shaping the French language, for example, in the form of supra-regional or new urban varieties. At the same time, there is an acknowledged ‘crisis’ in the levels of foreign language competency in the UK and Ireland, with serious implications for approaches to pedagogy: French is struggling to retain its position as a major ‘shared international language’ but fluency in French is top of the Confederation of British Industry’s list of employers’ desired linguistic skills.

Call for Papers:

We invite papers that address any topic in the broad area of Le français partagé or that fall within the areas traditionally covered by AFLS. Papers taking a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome. Conference papers may be delivered in either English or French, with the abstract in the language of the presentation.

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