Call for Papers: American Dialect Society, New York, NY, Jan 3-6 2019

The American Dialect Society is currently inviting abstract proposals for its upcoming annual meeting that is scheduled to take place from the 3rd to the 6th of January 2019 in New York, NY. The deadline for abstract submission is the 13th of August 2018.

Panels: This year, the program will include the biennial panel on teaching American speech. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anne Curzan at acurzan@umich.edu. Abstracts of contributions to the panel will be reviewed individually, similar to the 20-minute presentations.

The official call for papers can be found at the ANS website.

Call for Papers: 2019 ANS Conference Special Panel on Literary Names

computer-564136_960_720The ANS is inviting abstract submissions for a panel on Literary Names for the 2019 annual conference to be held in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. The purpose of the panel is to highlight research in, and study of, names in works of fiction.

All professional names enthusiasts are invited to submit an abstract for a 20-minute presentation. Abstract proposals should answer one or more of the following questions:

  1. How do the texts under analysis make use of onomastics to establish and convey character and/or plot?
  2. How does linguistic analysis bear on the reading of these texts?
  3. How is the field of onomastics enhanced by your research?

To submit a proposal, simply send a 250-word abstract proposal and a 100- word professional biography to Susan Behrens [sbehrens@mmm.eduby the 15th of July 2018. For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS 2019 Panel” in the subject line of your email.

All proposals will be subjected to blind review. Official notification of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before September 30, 2018. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of the ANS and need to register with both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America. Please feel free to contact Susan Behrens should you have any questions or concerns.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Call for Papers: 2019 ANS Conference Special Panel on Names and Tourism

The ANS is inviting abstract submissions for a panel on Names and Tourism for the 2019 annual conference, to be held in New York in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America. The purpose of the panel is to highlight research in and the study of names in relation to tourism discourses. More specifically, naming practices in tourism are relevant as they suggest distinction, originality, authenticity or even romance for a number of reasons. The range of issues at stake is quite broad as it may include linguistic, literary, historical and archeological references to local traditions as well as the strategies adopted to rebrand places to make them more appealing to potential visitors.

All names enthusiasts are invited to submit an abstract for a 20-minute presentation. Abstract proposals should focus on one or more of the following areas of interest:

  • archaeological sites and tourism
  • film/documentary-induced tourism
  • history, collective memory and tourism discourses
  • literature-induced tourism
  • tangible/ intangible heritage tourism

To submit a proposal, simply send a 250-word abstract proposal and a 100- word professional biography to Luisa Caiazzo [luisa.caiazzo@unibas.it] by the 15th of July 2018. For organizational purposes, please be sure to include the phrase “ANS 2019 Panel” in the subject line of your email.

All proposals will be subjected to blind review. Official notification of proposal acceptances will be sent on or before September 30, 2018. All authors whose papers have been accepted must be current members of the ANS and are expected to register with both the ANS and the Linguistic Society of America. Please feel free to contact Luisa Caiazzo should you have any questions or concerns.

A downloadable version of the call for papers can be found here.

We look forward to receiving your submission!

Call for Papers: Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions, Santa Fe, NM, Aug 25-26 2018

From the 25th to the 26th of August 2018, a Joint Workshop on Linguistic Annotation, Multiword Expressions and Constructions will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  It is being organized as part of the LAW-MWE-CxG 2018 workshop co-located with COLING 2018. Abstracts for long and short papers are currently being invited. The deadline for abstracts is May 25, 2018For more on the conference, visit their website.

Call for Papers: 5th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics & Literature, Lancashire, UK, June 1, 2018

The University of Central Lancashire will host the 5th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Literature on Friday 1st June 2018. Papers may be submitted in three strands: research (reporting on data arising from field testing), conceptual (theoretical studies) or poster presentations. The deadline is 1st May 2018. More information, and the call for papers, can be found here. The conference is free for participants and presenters, and light refreshments will be provided.

AFRILEX 2018: Annual Conference of the African Association for Lexicography, Cape Town, South Africa, June 27-9 2018

From the 27th to the 29th of June 2018, the 23rd International Conference of the African Association for Lexicography (AFRILEX 2018) will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.  The conference is hosted by the Department of Language Education, University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town. More information can be found at the website.

Speakers include:

  • International speaker: Prof Vincent Ooi (Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore)
  • Speaker from Africa: Dr Willem Botha (Bureau of WAT, Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Special PanSALB SessionDr Rakwena Monareng (CEO of PanSALB, South Africa)

25th LIPP Symposium: “Language Variation”, Munich, German, June 20-22 2018

From the 20th to the 22nd of June 2018, the 25th annual symposium organized by the Language of the Graduate School Language & Literature Munich at LMU Munich will be held in Munich, Germany. The theme of the conference is “Language Variation – Research, Models, and Perspectives”. Among those topics to be addressed include lexicography, dialectology, and identity.

The following keynote speakers have been invited and confirmed:

Prof. Dr. Stephan Elspaß (University of Salzburg)
Prof. Dr. Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy (University of Murcia)
Prof. Dr. Daniel Schreier (University of Zurich)
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Stark (University of Zurich)

For more information about the conference, please see the conference website.

Call for Papers: LELT (Linguistics, Education, Literature and Translation),

The Doctoral Student Conference (DSC) 2018 will hold a special track on Linguistics, Education, Literature and Translation, from the 9th to the 11th of May 2018 at CITY College, International Faculty of the University of Sheffield, Thessaloniki, Greece. They are looking for the latest research conducted by PhD students and young researchers on issues related to Linguistics, Language Teaching and Translation.The specific purpose of the conference is to give new researchers an opportunity to discuss their projects, receive detailed feedback from experts in the field, and participate in workshops. More information, and the call for papers, can be found at the website. The deadline for submissions is April 6, 2018.

Oxford Seminars in Cartography: Behind the Line: Frontline Geographies, Spatial Technologies and Mapping First World War Landscapes, Oxford, UK, May 10 2018

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography has announced its 25 annual programme of events for 2018. On May 10, 2018, Keith Lilley from Queen’s University Belfast will be presenting “Behind the Line: Frontline Geographies, Spatial Technologies and Mapping First World War Landscapes”. The event will be held at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, in Oxford, UK. Booking is essential – for further details, please contact: Nick Millea [nick.millea@bodleian.ox.ac.uk] The Oxford Seminars in Cartography is supported by a conglomerate of scholarly organizations such as the British Cartographic Society and the Oxford Cartographers.

Call for Papers: New Words and Linguistic Purism, Innsbruck, Austria, Oct 25-26 2018

The Department of Translation Studies, University of Innsbruck is seeking submissions for a conference titled “New Words and Linguistic Purism”, to be held in Innsbruck Austria, October 25-26 2018. New words are a frequent phenomenon. For linguistic purists they constitute a threat to the standard language. Of the three major sources of names for new concepts, borrowings are generally considered the strongest offense. Word formation is more acceptable, because it uses the proper devices of a language. The extension of the meaning of existing words is often not noticed as a change to the language. Different languages each have their own tradition as to which mechanisms are more or less acceptable in which circumstances. In translation, the absence of a word in the target language often requires the translator to choose a strategy along one of these lines, which can affect the acceptance of the target text. The call for papers can be found a the website. The deadline for abstracts is May 15, 2018.