[lg policy] call: Tracking Language Change in Specialised and Professional Genres

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 19 21:38:23 UTC 2011

Tracking Language Change in Specialised and Professional Genres
Short Title: CLAVIER 11

Date: 24-Nov-2011 - 26-Nov-2011
Location: Modena, Italy
Contact Person: Franca Poppi
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://clavier.sltt.unimore.it

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jul-2011

Meeting Description:

The nature of genres has always been defined as both static and
dynamic, functioning as discursive action within particular social,
historical and cultural contexts but open to individual and collective
creativity and innovation. Corpora can be powerful tools in tracking
this kind of change, as clearly shown by a well-established tradition
in historical linguistics, where growing interest has been shown in
the diachronic analysis of specialized genres. Elements of change,
however, can also be seen at work in contemporary discourse. As a
consequence, there is an increasing need for diachronic approaches
that may help map changes brought about for example by new
technologies or globalization.

Nowadays, with the recession of the traditional constraints of
geography on social and cultural arrangements brought about by
globalization, new cultural and linguistic interconnections are being
established, for example in academic and professional settings. This
state of things can account both for the emergence of new 'globalizing
genres', and for the implementation of a series of adaptations to the
existing ones, as possible solutions to guarantee the success and
survival of different genres in an era which celebrates the need for a
'global reach'.

The conference Tracking Language Change in Specialised and
Professional Genres is held by the CLAVIER (Corpus and Language
Variation in English Research) group, a research centre founded by the
Universities of Bergamo, Firenze, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Roma 'La
Sapienza', and Siena, currently based in Modena.

One of the purposes of the 2011 CLAVIER conference is to reinforce
national and international cooperation with scholars and research
centres that can widen and complement the interest in language
variation both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

The conference will start early in the afternoon on the first day and
close around lunchtime on the third day, after a roundtable in which
participants and invited speakers will discuss theoretical and
methodological issues emerged from the papers presented in the
previous sessions.

Plenary speakers who have accepted to participate are:

Dawn Archer (University of Central Lancashire)
Winnie Cheng (Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Hong Kong)
Marianne Hundt (University of Zurich)

The colleagues who have agreed to take part in the round table are:

Jan Engberg (Aarhus School of Business)
Giuliana Garzone (Università degli Studi di Milano)
Maurizio Gotti (University of Bergamo)
Josef Schmied (Chemnitz University of Technology)
Paul Thompson (University of Birmingham)
Elena Tognini-Bonelli (University of Siena)
Geoffrey Williams (University of South Brittany)

Call for Papers:

The conference intends to focus on such issues in order to provide a
better definition of the methods of investigation of language change,
the tools, the approaches, the new perspectives, bringing together two
complementary strands of linguistic investigation - corpus analysis
and genre analysis. The conference purports to describe the extent to
which language resources and generic resources are creatively
exploited in discourse, variously responding to or determining new
socio-cultural scenarios, with a special interest in technological
developments which have radically changed the way specialized
knowledge is disseminated.

In particular, contributions are invited, focusing on textual,
intertextual, organizational aspects of genres, as well as on
interdiscursivity and other aspects which contextualize genres as
reflections of changing disciplinary and professional cultures,
investigating how their integrity is negotiated and exploited, in the
following domains:

- Academic
- Professional
- Institutional

Panel Proposals:

The organizers encourage proposals for panels including sets of four
related papers.

Presentation Guidelines:

Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Working Language: English
Contributions will be accepted on condition that they are relevant to
the special theme of the Conference.

Abstract Submission:

Please send your anonymous abstract totalling no more than 500 words
by July 15th to the following address: clavier11unimore.it

Please do not include any self-identifying information on the
abstract; indicate only the title and the abstract itself. On a
separate cover sheet, include:

Format: (paper/ poster)
Postal mailing address (for primary author):
E-mail (for primary author):

Important Dates:

The submission deadline has been extended to July 15th

July 31st: Notifications of acceptance
September 18th: Deadline for early bird registration
October 30th: Preliminary Programme

Organizing Committee:

Marina Bondi - Silvia Cavalieri - Giuliana Diani - Franca Poppi

Scientific Committee:

Julia Bamford (Napoli) - Marina Bondi (Modena e Reggio Emilia) -
Gabriella Del Lungo (Firenze) - Marina Dossena (Bergamo) - Franca
Poppi (Modena e Reggio Emilia) - Rita Salvi (Roma) - Elena Tognini
Bonelli (Siena)

For any additional information, please contact Franca Poppi at
franca.poppi at unimore.it or visit the Conference web-site at:


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