LINGUIST List 26.5072

Thu Nov 12 2015

Calls: General Ling/Finland

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 12-Nov-2015
From: Pentti Haddington <>
Subject: XLIII Finnish Conference of Linguistics
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Full Title: XLIII Finnish Conference of Linguistics

Date: 25-May-2016 - 27-May-2016
Location: Oulu, Finland
Contact Person: Pentti Haddington
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Call Deadline: 11-Dec-2015

Meeting Description:

XLIII Finnish Conference of Linguistics 25−27 May 2016

Linguistics beyond language − Language beyond linguistics

Contemporary linguistic research is often done in close collaboration with other scientific disciplines. Additionally, linguistic research is often itself multidisciplinary by nature, reaching out to cognitive sciences, educational sciences, sociology, medicine and technical sciences, to name but a few.

When reaching out to educational sciences and language education, linguists investigate how and when languages are learnt and taught. Consequently, research focuses for example on the methods and technologies used in language teaching, as well as on learning environments and language learning as a cognitive process.

Recently, linguists have also become more and more interested in the multilingual world we live in. In multilingual interactions, languages come across other languages, touching and crossing language boundaries. When exploring these phenomena, linguists study the encounters of linguistic resources between different languages in language learning, everyday and institutional interactions, texts, and in translations.

Moreover, new links between linguistics and other disciplines have resulted in new questions concerning the fundamental nature of language. One new area concerns the multimodal features of language use. For example, linguists have become interested in the link between gestures – and the body more generally – and language. Linguists have also begun to study how multimodality features in Internet discourse, and especially the influence it has on interaction and meaning-making taking place online.

In sum, the Finnish Conference of Linguistics 2016 charts questions and challenges that are relevant and important right now for understanding the transforming society. It also explores the role, relevance and significance of linguistic research for humans and humanity in the rapidly changing world. The invited plenarists address the conference theme from their respective viewpoints:

- Tommi Jantunen: Kurkotellen kohti kielioppia − Miten syntaksia on venytetty suomalaisen viittomakielen tutkimuksessa? (Reaching out to grammar: How has the concept of syntax been stretched in sign linguistic research?)
- Kobin Kendrick: The organization of assistance in interaction: From offers and requests to recruitments
- Marja-Liisa Olthuis: Kieliteknologian sovellukset: apuvälineitä uhanalaisen kielen oppimisessa ja käännöstyössä (Applications in language technology: Tools used in
teaching and translating an endangered language).

For questions, please contact Pentti Haddington ( See also

Call for Papers:

We now invite those interested in organising a thematic panel to submit panel abstracts (approx. 300–500 words). The abstracts must be submitted by 11 December 2015 to Pentti Haddington (

Information on submitting section papers, panel papers and poster presentations, and registration, will be sent in January.

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