[lg policy] call: 'Folk Linguistics': Language from Speakers' Perspective

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 23 14:15:33 UTC 2012

'Folk Linguistics': Language from Speakers' Perspective

Date: 19-Nov-2012 - 21-Nov-2012
Location: St. Petersburg, Russia
Contact Person: Sonya Oskolskaya
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2012

Meeting Description:

The conference aims to study the problem of 'folk linguistics' from a
perspective that, in a Boasian tradition, got the name of linguistic
anthropology. The conference is intended to discuss what social and
cultural factors shape speakers' ideas about language, how, through
speakers' language behaviour, these language ideologies, on the one
hand, form social and cultural space and, on the other hand, cause
changes in language structure.

The organizers of the conference are the Institute for Linguistic
Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences and the European University at
St. Petersburg.

Call for Papers:

Deadline for abstracts submissions: August 1, 2012

We welcome presentations studying both languages with a long literary
history, and with no written history at all.

We invite contributions related (but not limited) to the following topics:

1. The interrelation between 'folk linguistics' and academic
linguistics. The role of 'folk linguistics' for scientific language
2. Speakers' awareness of language structure
3. Professional linguists as 'naïve' speakers
4. 'Folk' ideas about:
- 'Own' and 'alien' (borrowed) elements in language
- The functions of language,
- The affinity of languages
- Language varieties (dialects, idioms, varieties, vernaculars, social
dialects, etc.)
- School teaching of foreign languages
- Teaching of native languages
- First and second language acquisition
- Translation
- The connection of language and identity
- 'Correct speech'
- Language complexity
- Multilingualism, language mixing, code-switching, etc.
- Writing a grammar and making a dictionary
- Written and oral languages
- Language planning and linguistic engineering (including 'folk'
writing systems, manipulated language change, etc.)

We plan to publish the abstracts by the beginning of the conference.
Abstracts should conform to the following guidelines:

- Abstracts are to be submitted electronically to the following
addresses: folk.linguisticsgmail.com or sonypolikmail.ru.
- Abstracts should not exceed two pages, including examples and references.
- Page format: A4, 5 cm margins on the left and right sides, 5.5 cm in
the upper part and at the page bottom, 11 pt Times New Roman font,
single line spacing.
- File format: .doc / .rtf.
- In case of non-standard fonts, please send them as an attachment.
- Abstracts must start with the paper title (in small letters),
author(s)' initials and surname(s), affiliation, email (optional).
- Apart from the abstract, please send a separate file with the
following information - author(s)' full name(s), affiliation(s) and
position(s), email address(es), phone number(s).
- The conference languages are Russian and English: abstracts and
talks will be in Russian or English.
- Text references should be presented as follows: see, e.g., [Клубков
2000: 110], [Silverstein 1985: 221-222]. Full references at the end of
the abstract (entitled References) should be presented as follows:

Клубков П. А. Взгляд на язык в истории культуры // Ермаченко И. О.
(ред.). Проблемы научной и образовательной интеграции на рубеже
тысячелетий. Материалы Международной конференции (2-5 февраля 2000
года), Петрозаводский гос. университет. Петрозаводск: изд-во
Петрозаводского гос. университета, 2000. С. 104-110; Silverstein M.
Language and the Culture of Gender: At the Intersection of Structure,
Usage, and Ideology // Mertz E., Parmentier R. (eds.). Semiotic
Mediation: Sociocultural and Psychological Perspectives. Orlando:
Academic Press, 1985. P. 219-259.

Presentations should be twenty minutes in length followed by a ten
minutes discussion.

The Organizing Committee will send a notification of
acceptance/rejection before September 15, 2012. We will be unable to
provide funding to cover travel expenses.


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