Call for papers: deadline extension

Sylvester Osu sylvester.osu at
Thu May 31 10:50:47 UTC 2007

Dear Colleagues,

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to 
30 June 2007.

Call for papers

Construction of identity and the process of identification

Organising committee:

Sylvester Osu, Gilles Col, Nathalie Garric, Fabienne Toupin

The world’s languages use diverse means to construct and express the 
identity of people and objects. These means include denomination (e.g. 
proper nouns, noun phrases, denominal adjectives, etc.) in the sense of 
categorising living beings and/or inanimate objects through the act of 
naming, and reduplication (e.g. a salad salad, I mean up-up, etc.) which in 
some of its uses amounts to typifying. Categorisation is a way of 
identifying an element with a group while marking its singularity (see e.g. 
Folkbiology). On the other hand, to produce a sequence like ‘un parfum pour 
les femmes femmes’ is tantamount to setting up a subcategory of women par 
excellence and consequently, introducing a difference among women.

In recent years, identification has received a great deal of attention in 
linguistics. In some theoretical models it has even come to be regarded as a 
form of linguistic operation.

The aim of this conference is to outline the different linguistic operations 
of identification insofar as they involve the construction of identity and 
the different linguistic devices through which the identity of a person or 
object is constructed.

We welcome contributions that show how the two notions of identity and 
identification are articulated in both language and discourse. Contributions 
can stem from any theoretical background, be based upon any methodological 
approach and address the issue in any of the world’s languages.


The conference will feature presentations in French as well as in English.


Please submit your abstracts in both RTF and PDF (2 pages minimum and 3 max, 
in 12-point Times New Roman, simple spacing) by e-mail to the following 
address: langrep at no later than 31 May 2007, submission 
deadline. Please include the title of the paper but do not mention the name 
of the author as abstracts will be refereed anonymously. A separate page 
should contain the title of the paper, the author’s name, affiliation, 
postal and email addresses.


We intend to publish the papers accepted for the conference. To this effect, 
revised versions will be reviewed anew by the members of the scientific 

Comité Scientifique

Gabriel Bergounioux (Université d’Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)

Isabelle Bril (LACITO-CNRS, Paris)

Pierre Cadiot (Université d’Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)

Gilles Col (Université François Rabelais, Tours/FORELL, Poitiers)

Jean-Michel Fournier (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)

Jean-Jacques Franckel (Université de Paris X, Nanterre/ LLF (UMR 7110) CNRS, 

Jacques François (Université de Caen Basse-Normandie/CRISCO, FRE 2805)

Nathalie Garric (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)

Thierry Grass (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)

Bernhard Hurch (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Graz, Austria)

Raphaël Kabore (Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle/LACITO-CNRS, Paris)

Georges Kleiber (Université Marc Bloch Strasbourg & EA 1339 LDL- Scolia)

Daniel Lebaud (Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon)

Fiona McLaughlin (University of Florida, USA)

François Nemo (Université d’Orléans/CORAL, Orléans)

Sylvester Osu (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)

Denis Paillard (LLF (UMR 7110) CNRS - Université Paris 7, Paris)

Michel Paillard (Université de Poitiers/FORELL, Poitiers)

Fabienne Toupin (Université François Rabelais/L&R, Tours)

Bernard Victorri (LATTICE (UMR 8094) CNRS-ENS, Montrouge)

Important dates

Abstract deadline: 30 June 2007

Notification: 31 July 2007

Conference dates: Thursday 29 & Friday 30 November 2007

Deadline for registration: 15 September 2007

Venue: Tours (France). The halls will be announced with the programme.

Registration fee: 80 EUR (Students: 40 EUR)

For further questions please contact:

Sylvester Osu

Phone: 336.

Email: Sylvester.osu at

Université François Rabelais, Tours

UFR Lettres et Langues

Département des Sciences du Langage

3 rue des Tanneurs

37041 Tours Cedex 1, France

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