LINGUIST List 31.3617

Tue Nov 24 2020

Calls: English; Socioling/France

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Nov-2020
From: Adam Wilson <>
Subject: Social Studies of the English Language in France and the French-speaking World
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Full Title: Social Studies of the English Language in France and the French-speaking World
Short Title: SELFF

Date: 25-Jun-2021 - 25-Jun-2021
Location: Metz, France
Contact Person: Adam Wilson
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2021

Meeting Description:

The Langue et supports axis of the IDEA research centre (EA 2338, Université de Lorraine) and the Didactique des langues et sociolinguistique team of the ATILF-CNRS (UMR 7118) are proud to announce the organisation of a one-day conference focused on social approaches to the study of English in France and the French-speaking World.

Studies by scholars from French-speaking institutions have contributed substantially to socially-based approaches in linguistic research. However, despite the large number of linguists working on the English language in the French-speaking world, socially-based studies of English from these territories have been relatively few and far between. Such studies do exist, on topics such as the variation (Higgs 2004) and standardisation (Pillière and Lewis 2018) of English, sociophonetic aspects of certain varieties of English (Jauriberry 2016), English in contact with other languages (Forlot 2009; Martin 2017) or sociolinguistic elements of English learning in France (Wharton and Wolstenholme 2019). However, these studies tend to represent an exception rather than a rule.

In response to this situation, this conference aims to create a forum that brings together researchers from France and the French-speaking world who adopt a socially-based approach to the study of the English language. Rather than proposing a specific topic or set of research questions, a shared social approach to English language research will be the federating element of the conference, providing an opportunity for like-minded scholars from diverse disciplines to exchange on a wide range of themes, objects of study and methodological tools. Such an aim reflects the objectives of the Langue et supports axis of the IDEA research centre to bring together researchers from different disciplines - and different approaches within disciplines - to focus on questions regarding language use, linguistic theory and research practices concerning both spoken and written language.

To encourage such interdisciplinarity, the term ''socially-based'' is to be taken in its widest possible sense and contributions are encouraged from researchers working with any approach that they define as such. The conference may be of particular interest to researchers working in the following domains (or sub-domains thereof) though is by no means limited to scholars from these disciplines:
- Sociolinguistics
- Pragmatics
- Discourse analysis and critical discourse analysis
- Interaction and conversation analysis
- Linguistic anthropology, linguistic ethnography and ethnolinguistics
- The sociology of language
- Sociophonetics and other socially-based approaches to phonetics, phonology and prosody
- Variationist linguistics
- Comparative linguistics
- Translation, interpreting and translation studies
- Didactics and sociodidactics
- Intercultural communication
- English as a Lingua Franca
- Language acquisition
- ESL, EFL and EMI
- Multilingualism and plurilingualism

Call for Papers:

Propositions (for presentations of 20 minutes in English or French) are to be sent by January 15, 2021 to both of the main organisers:

Adam Wilson (
Marc Deneire (

Each proposition should include a title, a 300-word abstract and a short biographical note relating to the author.

Do not hesitate to contact the organisers at the above addresses should you have any questions.

We look forward to welcoming you to Metz!

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