LINGUIST List 27.962

Wed Feb 24 2016

Calls: English, Socioling/France

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 24-Feb-2016
From: Olivier Glain <>
Subject: English-Speaking Towns/Cities: Memoirs and Narratives
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Full Title: English-Speaking Towns/Cities: Memoirs and Narratives

Date: 20-Oct-2016 - 21-Oct-2016
Location: Saint Étienne, France
Contact Person: Olivier Glain
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 30-Apr-2016

Meeting Description:

International conference
« English-speaking towns/cities: memoirs and narratives »
Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne, France
October 20 – 21, 2016

The focus of this conference is the linguistic manifestations of urban identities in the English-speaking world and the various changes they have undergone. The aim is to study the linguistic features typically associated with towns/cities and the artistic representations of urban language.

Guest speakers:

Joan Beal, University of Sheffield, England
Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Call for Papers:

Submissions may consider traditional and/or modern manifestations of language and language usage in specific urban areas. The concepts of linguistic identity and of the linguistic imaginary may also be explored, particularly in the way that they define the relations of individuals with their languages/varieties and their linguistic communities. Synchronic and diachronic perspectives are welcome, across all fields of linguistics.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of areas that may be addressed:

- How do towns/cities speak? How do towns/cities sound?
- How can the plurality and diversity of towns/cities be heard? How can individuals be heard in towns/cities?
- How do the language practices of urban areas connect speakers locally? How do these practices connect speakers to other times or places (be they spatial, temporal, imaginary, constructed or reconstructed)?
- What contact phenomena best define towns/cities today/at some point in the past?
- What artistic signs bear testimony to the linguistic features of urban areas?

Presentations may address the representations of towns/cities in literature/films/plays/on television/in urban art and design, etc. They may explore how these representations allow for a construction or reconstruction of urban identity, and how they bear witness to a change in the “narratives” and in the imaginary of towns/cities.

Each talk will be 30 minutes long, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Anonymous abstracts (300 words maximum), along with a separate document containing the author’s name and affiliation, should be sent, before 30 April 2016, to the following e-mail address:

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April, 2016
Notifications of acceptance: 30 June, 2016

Contact: Olivier Glain :

Language of the conference: English

The conference proceedings will be published (1 volume).

Scientific committee
Joan Beal, University of Sheffield
Anne Béchard-Léauté, Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne
Rémi Digonnet, Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne
Olivier Glain, Université Jean Monnet de Saint-Etienne
Vincent Hugou, Université François Rabelais de Tours
Manuel Jobert, Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Sylvain Navarro, Université Paris 7 Paris Diderot
Jane Stuart-Smith, University of Glasgow
Stephan Wilhelm, Université de Bourgogne
Gabriela Zapletalova, University of Ostrava

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