NWAV-Asia/Pacific 3: Call for Papers

Malcolm Ross malcolm.ross at ANU.EDU.AU
Mon Sep 30 08:47:53 UTC 2013

(Apologies for multiple postings)

New Ways of Analysing Variation Asia-Pacific 3

Victoria University of New Zealand, 1-3 May 2014


We are pleased to announce the third meeting of the NWAV ASIA-PACIFIC conference series, (NWAV AP 3) will be held 1st-3th May 2014, in Wellington, New Zealand. NWAV AP 3 will be hosted by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies and the Deaf Studies Research Unit of Victoria University of Wellington (Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui).

Plenary speakers (confirmed):

Dr Michael Dunn (Max-Planck Institut, Nijmegen)

Dr Lisa Lim (University of Hong Kong)

Online abstract submissions will open soon with a submission deadline of 15 November 2013. Please watch for a second announcement with details shortly. Reviewing of abstracts will be concluded by 15 December 2013.

About the Conference Series

NWAV ASIA-PACIFIC endeavours to bring together research that is firmly based on empirical data with an emphasis on the quantitative analysis of variation and change. Its priorities are to promote and showcase research on (1) the indigenous languages of the Asia-Pacific region, and (2) restructured or contact varieties that have emerged in the Asia-Pacific region. NWAV AP 3 particularly encourages submissions on the sign languages of Asia and the Pacific.

NWAV AP 3 welcomes submissions for papers and posters on all scientific approaches to analyzing and interpreting language variation and change across the Asia-Pacific region including: real-time/apparent-time language change, dialect variation and change, speech communities, multilingualism, urbanisation and migration, sociophonetics, style-shifting, language/dialect contact, variation in minority languages, variation in acquisition, perceptual dialectology, and other topics that enrich our understandings of the region and its indigenous languages.

At the first meeting of the conference, NWAV AP established a tradition of showcasing the innovative descriptive, philological, historical and socially informed research being conducted by emerging and established scholars in some of the world's most fertile arenas of language and dialect contact.

About the Conference Location

Wellington was dubbed the “Coolest Little Capital in the World” by Lonely Planet in 2011 and for good reason. It is well-known for its artistic sensibility, its passion for fine coffee, artisan beers and good food, and the stunning beauty of its harbour and hills. It’s home to the high-tech world of Weta Studios but also to some of the most pristine stands of New Zealand bush that can be found in an urban environment.

Wellington is served by direct international flights from Australia and frequent flights all day from Auckland and Christchuch making it very easy for visitors. Most visitors for NWAV-AP 3 will not need a visa to enter the country but nationals from some countries in the Asia-Pacific region do need a visa to enter New Zealand. Information on who needs to apply for a visa can be found here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/. Please check this information before making your travel plans. May is the beginning of winter in New Zealand, so you should pack accordingly. Information on ‘What’s On’ and seasonal weather forecasts in Wellington can be found here:http://www.wellingtonnz.com/.

Victoria University of Wellington was ranked New Zealand’s top university for world-class research in the 2012 national research assessment exercise; much of this research is focused on social and practical issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. Victoria University of Wellington offered the first degrees in Linguistics in New Zealand and is home to the country’s Deaf Research Unit which has played a leading role in research on New Zealand Sign Language (one of the country’s official languages) and building partnerships with Deaf researchers throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

We look forward to welcoming you to Wellington in 2014!

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