[Ura-list] CFP: Language in linguistics, linguistics in language learning (VIRSU 20 years)

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Tue Nov 29 03:13:13 EST 2016

VIRSU 20 years: jubilee conference:
Keel keeleteaduses, keeleteadus keeleõppes; Kieli kielitieteessä, kielitiede kielen oppimisessa; Language in linguistics, linguistics in language learning

University of Tallinn, Estonia, October 5–6, 2017
http://www.tlu.ee/en/VIRSU/ <http://www.tlu.ee/en/VIRSU/>
The goal of this conference is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the cooperation network VIRSU (Finno-Ugric Languages as Target Languages; http://www.univie.ac.at/virsu/ ), which has worked to connect researchers with an applied approach to Finno-Ugric languages since 1997. Currently, the network is facing new challenges. On the one hand, there is a growing need to create connections between applied-linguistic research conducted within Finno-Ugric studies and with other languages or language families. On the other hand, political changes in Europe, including the increasing mobility and immigration, make the teaching and learning of Finno-Ugric languages an even more acute issue. The jubilee conference will respond to these challenges and search for new avenues of research.
We would like to encourage scholars working on Finno-Ugric languages as well as other languages to give presentations. Possible topics for talks and symposia/workshops include (but are not restricted to) the following:
Finno-Ugric language as target languages (including the minor languages such as Karelian, Võro or Meänkieli)
comparative research focusing on related languages or varieties
receptive multilingualism, mutual intelligibility of closely related languages
learning and teaching of closely related language
language awareness in language learning
minor languages in the changing world: language use, learning, attitudes, motivation
revitalizing endangered languages: the aspects of language teaching, translation etc.
the fate of minority languages: the responsibility of language experts and the speakers of majority languages
language policy and language politics
the role of language education policy
folk linguistic aspects: attitudes, beliefs and ideas about language...
The invited speakers of the symposium are
Helle Metslang (University of Tartu)
Maisa Martin (Jyväskylä University)
Rita Hegedűs (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)
Presentations by invited speakers
Presentation by other participants (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
Workshops/symposia (duration max. 3 hours), see “Call for symposia” below
Abstract submission
All contributors are requested to submit an abstract (of max. 500 words, excluding references), irrespective of whether their contribution is a) a section paper, b) a poster, or c) a presentation in a workshop/symposium.
The abstracts must be submitted in English. For the presentation, however, another language – if considered more meaningful with respect to the topic and the prospective audience, and if the organisers of the workshop/symposium agree – can also be used. In this case we strongly recommend that the visual support for the presentation be provided in English.
Please send your abstract to virsu at tlu.eeby <mailto:virsu at tlu.eeby> February 1, 2017. Abstracts will be evaluated by April 1. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 15. The book of abstracts will be published on the conference homepage.
The abstracts should include the following information:
Name(s) of the author(s)
E-mail address(es)
Title of presentation (Title of symposium/workshop)
Indication of whether you propose a section paper, a poster or a contribution in a symposium/workshop.
Call for symposia/workshops
In addition to individual papers and posters, we welcome symposia or workshops thematically connected to the topics of our conference. Please send your proposals to virsu at tlu.ee <mailto:virsu at tlu.ee> by February 1, 2017.
Your symposium or workshop proposal should contain the following:
The name of the responsible contact person, with complete contact information;
The title of the symposium/workshop and a brief description (max. 250 words) of its content and goals;
An indication of the length of the symposium/workshop (max. 3 hours);
A list of contributing participants, with indication of their roles (chair, presenting author, co-author, commenter or discussant...), and including the name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each presenter and the titles of their presentations.
(The presenters are requested to submit their abstracts individually by the general deadline, indicating the name of the workshop/symposium in which they are planning to participate.)
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by April 15, 2017. If a symposium/workshop proposal or more than one of the prospective contributions are rejected by the reviewers, the organizers will try to find slots for the accepted individual submissions in the general sections.
Key dates
➢	Deadline for abstract submission: February 1, 2017 
➢	Notification of acceptance: April 15, 2017 
➢	Conference: October 5–6, 2017
The organizing team: Annekatrin Kaivapalu, Johanna Laakso, Helka Riionheimo, Daniele Monticelli, Pille Eslon, Peep Nemvalts, Mare Kitsnik, Olga Pastuhhova, Keaty Siivelt.
For all correspondence concerning the symposium, please contact virsu at tlu.ee <mailto:virsu at tlu.ee> .

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