27.3765, Calls: Anthroling, Socioling/Switzerland

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Subject: 27.3765, Calls: Anthroling, Socioling/Switzerland

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:11:24
From: Sara Lynch [sara.lynch at ens.unibe.ch]
Subject: Studies of Paradise: Where Language Meets Culture in the Pacific

Full Title: Studies of Paradise: Where Language Meets Culture in the Pacific 

Date: 09-Mar-2017 - 10-Mar-2017
Location: Bern, Switzerland 
Contact Person: Sara Lynch
Meeting Email: sara.lynch at ens.unibe.ch

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 14-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

There have been a number of research projects on Pacific languages, or on
communities of the Pacific, carried out with an ethnographic and
anthropological perspective. The English language, however, albeit an official
language in many of these communities, has received little or no attention. In
the few cases English has been or is being investigated, researchers often
analyse the post-colonial English-speaking communities with a sociolinguistic
approach. There is a lack of studies with transdisciplinary foci, where
anthropological perspectives inform the study of Pacific languages (including
English), and vice-versa, where linguistic perspectives help complete
anthropological studies of Pacific communities.

This conference brings together (socio)linguists and anthropologists alike to
discuss transdisciplinary stances and approaches (in the topics of language
contact, language variation and change, postcolonial Englishes, mobility,
power, policies and culture). 

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Carolin Biewer, University of Würzburg (Germany)
Prof. David Britain, University of Bern (Switzerland)
Prof. Elizabeth Keating, University of Texas at Austin (USA) 

Organising Committee:

Modern English Linguistics, University of Bern:

Dominique Bürki
Tobias Leonhardt
Sara Lynch


2nd Call for Papers:

Researchers of socio-cultural aspects of Pacific communities, Pacific
languages, and English varieties in the Pacific are invited to submit
abstracts. We aim to inform each other about linguistic and anthropological
methods and findings and be able to create synergies between the two

Focus Questions:

- How can the nature of indigenous ethnicities in the Pacific and its
historical transformation be explored?
- How do socio-historical developments such as mission work, spread of formal
education, political autonomy, and climate change influence an island's
culture identity and their language?
- In which way are substrate languages and colonizer languages in competition?
- In which way do mobility, globalisation, power, and other anthropological
themes shape linguistic behaviour?
- What is the extent to which varieties of English share linguistic features?
How do they predict variation patterns across different varieties?
- Which individual linguistic constraints are universal, and which are
culturally dependent?
- Are some linguistic variation patterns more stable across speech communities
than others?
- How do we evaluate overall similarities between English varieties of the
Pacific while still considering cultural differences?
- How can cross-varietal differences in variation be best explained?


Authors are requested to submit an abstract of max. 500 words (excluding
references) in pdf form to micronesia-project at outlook.com

Important Dates:

Submission of abstracts: 14 October 2016
Notification of acceptance: 30 November 2016


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