Fwd: Call for Papers & Participation - Conference on "Becoming a World Language", Hong Kong, December 2007

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri May 25 12:43:00 UTC 2007


  Call for Papers & Participation - Conference on "Becoming a World
Language", Hong Kong, December 2007

  Dear Colleagues,

* *

I write on behalf of The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of
Language Studies to invite you to participate in an International Conference
on



"Becoming a World Language: the growth of Chinese, English and Spanish"

City University of Hong Kong, 5 – 7 December 2007

http://www.hallidaycentre.cityu.edu.hk/HCLS-C1-2007



Plenary Speakers:

Cecilia Colombi (University of California, Davis )

Fang Yan (Tsinghua University)

M.A.K. Halliday (University of Sydney)

Yamuna Kachru (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Christian Matthiessen ( Macquarie University)

Larry Smith (Christopher, Smith & Associates LLC; and Japan-America
Institute of Management Science, Honolulu)



The *objective* of the Conference is to explore from a multiple perspective
the significance of a language becoming a world language. English is already
acknowledged as a world language, but both Chinese and Spanish appear to be
moving in the same direction. This raises some interesting issues. For
example: is the pattern of emergence to this status the same in all three
cases, or do they have different trajectories? Does the system of language
change in t his process, and if so, how? What kind of resources, if any,
does the language have to develop along the way, and what are the
consequences of its growth for those who speak it? What relevance do modes
of language education have to this process? What are its effects on the
formation of speaker identity, for both the native speakers of the world
language and the foreign learners?



The field is thus excitingly open to, and in need of, interpretation. We
invite you to participate in this venture by presenting your thoughts on any
aspect relevant to becoming a world language. Papers could be of (i) 30
minutes or (ii) 50 minutes duration. Please send your abstracts to
HCLS at cityu.edu.hk *no later than 25 August 2007*. The length of the abstract
should be 150 – 250 words (Microsoft Word format preferred). Please show
name, institution and country of residence at top of page and indicate
whether your paper is intended for category (i) or (ii).



There will be a *Pre-Conference Institute* on 3 and 4 December 2007. The
instructors and titles of the courses are as follows:



M.A.K. Halliday: *Theoretical Foundations of Systemic Functional Linguistics
*

Ruqaiya Hasan: *Analysing Text: Meaning in Context*

Paul Thibault: *Image and Language in Pedagogic Discourse: An Application of
Systemic Functional Linguistics*



Participants will be offered a certificate of attendance. For details of
course design and fee and online registration, please visit
http://www.hallidaycentre.cityu.edu.hk/HCLS-C1-2007/institute.htm.



Advance registration (with concession) for the Conference will be available
until *29 September 2007*.



We look forward to receiving your abstracts and hope you will be able to
join us in Hong Kong in December 2007.



Yours sincerely,



Dr. Jonathan Webster & Emeritus Professor Ruqaiya Hasan

Convenors, International Conference on "Becoming a World Language: the
growth of Chinese, English and Spanish"


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