[lg policy] call: Sociolinguistics Symposium 19

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 6 13:49:08 UTC 2011

 Sociolinguistics Symposium 19

Date: 22-Aug-2012 - 24-Aug-2012
Location: Berlin, Germany
Contact Person: Matthias Hüning
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.sociolinguistics-symposium-2012.de/

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Sep-2011

Meeting Description:

The Sociolinguistics Symposium 19 will be hosted by Freie Universität
Berlin. The main theme will be ‘Language and the City’.

Attractive and terrifying, modern cities and megacities structure our
lives and communication more than ever. More than 50% of the world’s
population live in big cities. If urban conglomerations are places
where people from other places gather, they form the communicative
conditions in many ways: Migration leads to multilingualism, social
diversity leads to complex indexical fields.

Call for Papers:

The main theme of the 19th Sociolinguistic Symposium brings together
sociolinguistic work that sheds light on the relations between the
socio-geographical phenomenon urbanity and linguistic variation and
change. Thus, we particularly welcome contributions on urban indexical
fields, social networks in the city, urban communities of practice,
urban styles, languages of urban tribes, urban space, multilingualism,
language contact, dialect leveling and koineization, new dialect
formation, code-switching, linguistic landscapes and all related
topics. We also encourage presentations of new methodologies and tools
for data collection, transcription, and analysis.

Since the Sociolinguistics Symposium has always been a place for
sociolinguistic discussion in the broad sense, space will also be
given to contributions on any other subfield of sociolinguistic


We invite scholars to submit abstracts for contributions of the following types:

1) Thematic Sessions:

A Thematic Session is a cluster of related talks about a common topic.
You can propose such a topic and will - if accepted - act as organiser
of the thematic session. This means that you will be one of the
reviewers for the papers/posters submitted to the session and that you
will be responsible for the organization of the session in August
2012. We will try to have at least 50% of the thematic sessions
related to the main theme of the conference (Language and the City).

The length of your abstract/description should not exceed 600 words
(excluding references).

2) Papers:

Papers describe original work, either completed research which has
given rise to substantial results, or the development of significant
new methodologies, or rigorous theoretical, speculative or critical
discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 25 minutes (20
minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions).

The length of your abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding references).

3) Posters:

Posters may be a more suitable way of presenting results,
work-in-progress, fieldwork, or when large amounts of data need to be
displayed. Poster presenters have the opportunity to exchange ideas
one-to-one with attendees and to discuss their work in detail. They
may also provide handouts with examples or more detailed information.

The length of your abstract should not exceed 300 words (excluding references).

Papers and posters can be submitted for a specific thematic session,
but also without reference to a specific session.


The submission of contributions to the conference is possible via the
ConfTool conference management tool available on our website.

The submission process is organised in two steps:

1) Submission of Thematic Sessions:

Deadline: September 15, 2011

After reviews and selection of thematic sessions for the conference,
the submission of individual papers/posters will be opened (in early

2) Submission of Individual Papers and Posters:

- For the general theme of the conference (Language and the City)
- For a specific thematic session
- For any subject within the field of sociolinguistics

Deadline: January 15, 2012


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