LINGUIST List 28.754

Tue Feb 07 2017

Calls: French, Applied Ling, Gen Ling, Lang Acquisition, Socioling/Canada

Editor for this issue: Kenneth Steimel <>

Date: 06-Feb-2017
From: Jeffrey Steele <>
Subject: Association for French Language Studies Conference 2017
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Full Title: Association for French Language Studies Conference 2017
Short Title: AFLS 2017

Date: 08-Aug-2017 - 10-Aug-2017
Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
Contact Person: Jeffrey Steele
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): French

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2017

Meeting Description:

The annual conference of the Association of French Language Studies will take place at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, August 8-10, 2017. The languages of the conference are French and English.

The conference theme for AFLS 2017, in Toronto, Ontario, highlights the expanse and diversity of French-language communities. A testament to the mobility of Francophones across continents throughout the course of history, French has evolved along various trajectories depending on the continents where it has been adopted, and the social organisation and lifestyle of its users.

One case of this evolution is neatly illustrated by Canadian Francophones who, living in a continent where English is highly dominant, have forged a unique identity for their language amongst competing linguistic forces, and namely, with regard to English.

In such situations, the importance of distinguishing between first and second language comes into question. French Immersion school programs, popular amongst English-speaking Canadians, have given rise to a French-speaking population whose linguistic competence is often evaluated with reference to Canadian Francophones. This comparison proves obsolete, however, when one considers the degree of variability in linguistic competence amongst local Francophones themselves. For example, certain elements of the French spoken as a first language in Ontario distinguish this variety of French from those spoken elsewhere in North America or Europe. Yet, other elements of Ontario French, depending on the locality of the speakers, present similarities to the French spoken as a second language in Ontario’s English-medium schools.

2nd Call for Papers:

French across Geographical, Social, and Historical Spaces:

We welcome papers that touch on the subject of diversity in French as a first or second language across geographical, social and historical spaces. Papers not directly related to the conference theme will also be taken into consideration so long as they contribute to the fields of interest of the AFLS.

Deadline for the submission of proposals : February 28, 2017 included.
Notification of acceptance/rejection : by May 1, 2017.

The theme for AFLS 2017 is ‘French Across Geographical, Social, and Historical Spaces’. We welcome papers that touch on the subject of diversity in French as a first or second language across geographical, social, and historical spaces. Papers not directly related to the conference theme will also be considered so long as they contribute to the fields of interest of the AFLS (linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, education, and multilingual societies.)


Two categories of proposals are solicited: (1) papers, (2) posters.

Abstracts should be in French or English. The language of the proposal shall reflect the language to be used at the time of presentation.

1. Papers: Papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors, allotted 30 minutes each (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). Please note that the time limit will be strictly enforced. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words.
2. Posters: Poster sessions allow for the presentation of research and the opportunity for individualized, informal discussion. Posters are especially effective for presenting work-in-progress. A block of time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their posters. Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words in length.

Submission of Proposals:

Submission of proposals for papers and posters is open and will close on February 28, 2017. Proposals must be submitted via EasyChair (

- When submitting, please indicate at the end of your abstract whether you wish for your presentation to be considered for presentation during one the two conference workshops (Ontario French or Acquisition and Teaching of L1 and L2 French) (papers only).
- Papers signalled by authors for consideration in one of the two workshops will be included only after approval by the scientific committee. All accepted papers will be allocated a time slot at the conference, either during one of the workshops or the general sessions.
- Participants whose proposal is accepted must confirm their participation at the conference by June 1, 2017 at the latest.

Evaluation of Proposals:

Proposals for papers and posters will be evaluated by the AFLS 2017 scientific committee for quality of content, significance, originality, thematic relevance, and presentation.

AFLS 2017 Conference Presentation Policies:

Individuals may submit a maximum of one abstract as first author, whether for a paper or a poster. In addition, an individual may have a role as a co-author/co-presenter on another paper/poster.

- All proposals must represent original and unpublished work that is not yet available to the research community.
- The presenter must be a registered participant attending the conference.
- Authors must present their paper/poster on the day and time assigned by the conference program committee.

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