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Interactions and Interfaces second call for papers

Date Released: Wed, 2 February 2011 12:58 +0200

The Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, is pleased to announce the second call for papers for the 2011 joint annual conference of the following societies:

• Linguistics Society of Southern African (LSSA)
• Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA)
• South African Association of Language Teachers (SAALT)

The Second International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices (EPIP 2) will also be held concurrently.

Proposals may be submitted via our website www.linguisticsconference2011.co.za where further information is available about the conference, Rhodes University and Grahamstown, travel and accommodation.

The conference theme is `Interactions and Interfaces', which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this joint conference, which is focussed on bringing together theoretical linguists, sociolinguists, applied linguists and language teachers. The international conference (EPIP 2) has a similar multidisciplinary focus i.e. bringing together researchers and teachers of English, phonetics, phonology and EFL/ESL/EAP interested in the issues surrounding English pronunciation, both native and non-native. The theme also applies to interfaces and interactions between different theories, different conceptions of language, different languages and, indeed, the interactions between people, and encapsulates the potential synergies of such a meeting.

Therefore, contributions focussed specifically on the conference theme are particularly welcome. Submissions dealing with other linguistic topics will also be considered.

Invited Keynote Speakers
The following have kindly agreed to contribute keynote talks on these provisional topics:
• Gary Barkhuizen (Auckland University, New Zealand) Language learning success: Multiple narrative perspectives
• Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge University, United Kingdom)
• Tracey Derwing (University of Alberta, Canada) The Role of Interaction in L2 Pronunciation and Comprehensibility
• Paul Foulkes (University of York, United Kingdom) Individual variability in English pronunciation: applications in the forensic domain
• Pieter Muysken (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands) Roots of ethnolects
• Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University, Israel) Multilingual tests for multilingual societies: Ideologies, challenges and practices.

Proposals for four different kinds of contribution are invited. All proposals should be one page in length, excluding references and data, using 12 point Times New Roman.

Papers will be of 30 minutes duration, comprising 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference, with a dedicated poster session for discussion. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a handout to go with the poster.
Panel Discussions will comprise up to 4 papers around a central theme, with time for audience discussion, and will last for a total of 2 hours. Please submit separate proposals for each of the four contributions (one page each), indicating at the top of the page that it is a panel discussion, as well as which panel discussion it belongs to.
Post-sessional Workshops will be held after the conference, as the name suggests, on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th June, and on Thursday 30th if demand is sufficient. Each will last for at least three hours, including half an hour for tea. Proposals for whole day workshops will also be considered. This part of the programme is envisaged as an opportunity for delegates to obtain an introduction to a new area of linguistics, perhaps one in which they are planning to begin research or teaching, and for presenters to pass on their skills to (new and experienced) colleagues. Proposals for language tutorials will also be welcome. Presenters will not be paid, apart from a minimal sum from attendance fees to cover printing costs. Proposals should again be one page in length and should indicate at the top of the page that it is a post-sessional workshop. Further it should describe the organisation of the workshop, its objectives as well as the nature of the audience participation. Information on requirements, technical and practical, should be provided e.g. maximum size of the class that can be accommodated, computer lab required etc. Presenters will need to supply their own legal copies of software, if appropriate. Prospective presenters are welcome to contact us before the deadline at linguistics@ru.ac.za to discuss their ideas.

Important dates
Second call for papers: 31 January 2011
Closing date for proposal submission: 14 March 2011
Acceptance notification: 15 April 2011
Early registration closes: 30 April 2011
Registration closes: 31 May 2011
Conference begins: 26 June 2011

Administrative queries can be addressed to conference@ru.ac.za . If you have any questions related to academic content, please contact us at linguistics@ru.ac.za