[lg policy] calls: Applied Linguistics in a Multisocial Context

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 12 13:47:45 UTC 2010

Applied Linguistics in a Multisocial Context

Full Title: Applied Linguistics in a Multisocial Context
Short Title: ABLA 2010 Conference

Date: 18-Dec-2010 - 18-Dec-2010
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Contact Person: Julien Perrez
Meeting Email: < click here to access email > <javascript:;>
Web Site: http://www.abla.be

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Oct-2010

Meeting Description:

The ABLA 2010 Conference will take place against the background of the
European Year of Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. The main
purpose of this gathering is to provide a meeting place for Belgian applied
linguistic researchers and practitioners where they can generate ideas on
language related issues, foster a stronger and larger community, and
disseminate as well as promote research in applied linguistics. We
welcome active participation from junior researchers and students who are
interested in any areas of language learning and teaching at any levels.

Inclusion and Exclusion and Language Figures of the 2009 Eurobarometer on
poverty and social exclusion show that 37% of European poor people think
that their poverty is due to the fact that they do not have the necessary
of education, training or skills. Ten years after Heads of State and
Governments committed to a major drive against poverty in the EU, 2010 will
mark the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion to
address questions that arise, e.g.:
How can one ‘include’ people and groups into structured systems that have
systematically ‘excluded’ them in the first place?
Why is ‘language’ not mentioned in the ‘barometer’?

It was the late Edward T. Hall (2009) who pointed out that also in
multinationals high level managers find themselves either ‘in the box’ or
of the box’, based on their cultural backgrounds and the language they
In education and training, language plays a crucial role. Which role does
language play in 'inclusion' and 'exclusion'?

The principle of ‘inclusion-exclusion’ is a method used in maths for problem

solving. At its 2010 conference ABLA will host a symposium on ‘Inclusion
and exclusion’ and calls for contributions that shed light on barriers for
inclusion and how they are/may be lifted. We hope that specific and
interdisciplinary research as well as daily (good) practice will meet in
discussions on the needs of different groups of learners, of different ages,

ranks and impairments, for different languages, situations, and functions.

The one-day event includes a plenary talk, parallel presentations, a poster
session on research projects as well as discussions in the two research

Call for Papers

Abstracts can be delivered on the following website:


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