18.80, Calls: General Ling/Portugal; Phonology, Semantics, Syntax/Austria

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Subject: 18.80, Calls: General Ling/Portugal; Phonology, Semantics, Syntax/Austria

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Date: 03-Jan-2007
From: Maria Kuteeva < kuteeva at iscal.ipl.pt >
Subject: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries 

Date: 03-Jan-2007
From: Daniel Jacob < daniel.jacob at uni-koeln.de >
Subject: Focus and Background in Romance Languages 

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Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:54:40
From: Maria Kuteeva < kuteeva at iscal.ipl.pt >
Subject: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries 

Full Title: Teaching and Learning LSP: Blurring Boundaries 
Short Title: 6th AELFE Conference 

Date: 13-Sep-2007 - 15-Sep-2007
Location: Lisbon, Portugal, Portugal 
Contact Person: Maria Kuteeva
Meeting Email: kuteeva at iscal.ipl.pt
Web Site: http://edupt.com/aelfe2007 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Mar-2007 

Meeting Description:

This conference will focus on recent trends in the teaching and learning of languages for specific purposes in the context of blurring boundaries.

Plenary speakers:

Greg Myers(University of Lancaster) 

Gibson Ferguson (University of Sheffield)

Cristina Pinto da Silva (ISCA/IPP) 

This conference will focus on recent trends in the teaching and learning of languages for specific purposes. Learner-centred approaches to language teaching have been reinforced by the Bologne process, whose aim is to shift the teaching paradigm towards learning outcomes and to promote recognition of degrees across borders between European member states. Likewise, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages aims to harmonise language teaching and learning all over Europe and to place extra emphasis on the importance of life-long learning. Recent developments in ICT have made it possible to communicate, teach and learn from any place and at any time, and have all but erased the boundaries between teaching and learning both within the European Union and worldwide. 

Plenary speakers:

Greg Myers, PhD (University of Lancaster) 
''Locating Blogs:  in space, in the blogosphere, in discourse, in the classroom''

Gibson Ferguson, PhD (University of Sheffield)
''ESP and English as a European Lingua Franca (EELF): the prospects and problems of a
complex relationship''

Cristina Pinto da Silva, PhD (ISCA/IPP)
''Teachers and Learners as Researchers: Turning Classroom Research into
Language Learning Opportunities''
Contributions are invited to the following panels:

Discourse Studies
Didactics and Language Acquisition
Terminology and Lexicography
Information and Communication Technologies
Cognitive Linguistics and Languages for Specific Purposes


Submission of proposals (maximum 500 including bibliography): 1 March 2007
Submission of full papers for publication in the proceedings (2,500 words): 15 May 2007 

Organising Committee:

Maria Kuteeva (President)
Hélder Fanha Martins
Ana Sofia Carvalho
Maria João Ferro
Pedro Pinheiro (Treasurer)

email: aelfe2007 at iscal.ipl.pt

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Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:54:46
From: Daniel Jacob < daniel.jacob at uni-koeln.de >
Subject: Focus and Background in Romance Languages 


Full Title: Focus and Background in Romance Languages 

Date: 23-Sep-2007 - 27-Sep-2007
Location: Vienna, Austria 
Contact Person: Daniel Jacob
Meeting Email: daniel.jacob at uni-koeln.de
Web Site: http://www.romanistentag.info 

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Semantics; Syntax 

Language Family(ies): Romance 

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2007 

Meeting Description:

Workshop at the XXX. Deutscher Romanistentag (30th Biannual Meeting of 
the German Society for Romance Studies - Deutscher Romanistenverband),
University of Vienna, 23-Sep-2007 - 27-Sep-2007 

Inspired by the ground-breaking work of the Prague School, a substantial 
body of studies has identified Functional Sentence Perspective or 
information structure as a major determinant in choosing between linguistic 
variants. Cross-linguistically, information structure has turned out to be 
crucial for our understanding of how phonology, morphosyntax, semantics, 
and lexical choices interact in discourse. Information structure and its 
distinctions can be conveyed in particular by prosody and the use of 
particles, but also syntactically by variation in argument structure and 
constituent order, which includes non-canonical options such as dislocation 
or clefting.

In Romance linguistics, there is a long-standing tradition of research devoted 
to the empirical investigation of such phenomena , especially in stylistics, 
text linguistics, and variationist studies. Recently, information structure in 
Romance languages has also been studied by formal approaches to 
comparative syntax and semantics. Many such studies claim that a single 
opposition such as 'theme-rheme' cannot explain all linguistically relevant 
aspects of information structure. A more differentiated analytic inventory 
should, for example, distinguish 'topic-comment' and 'focus-background' 
structure as separate, if interrelated dimensions in explaining sentence form.

We invite papers describing formal and functional aspects of focus marking 
in Romance languages. Our workshop is open to researchers of different 
theoretical persuasions and areas of specialization. In particular, we 
welcome papers that discuss focusing and backgrounding strategies in text 
and conversation, as well as papers addressing variation and change in 
focus marking. Presentations are allotted 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for 
questions. Contributions may be presented in any Romance language, 
English, or German. Abstracts should include title, name(s), affiliation(s) and 
email address(es) of author(s) and must not exceed one page. Please 
submit your abstract as an email attachment (only Microsoft Word or pdf 
formats) to the following addresses:


Deadline for abstract submission: 28-Feb-2007
Notification of acceptance: 15-Apr-2007

Invited speakers:
Manfred Krifka (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and ZAS Berlin; to be 
Claude Muller (Université de Bordeaux)

Note that the workshop is part of the XXX. Deutscher Romanistentag. All 
participants must register for the conference. Note also that in accordance 
with the DRV guidelines no speaker is allowed to give a talk in more than 
one workshop of the conference.

Daniel Jacob, University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln)
Andreas Dufter, University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität 

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