LINGUIST List 14.401

Mon Feb 10 2003

Calls: Politeness in Creoles/Child Lang

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  1. Bettina Migge, Politeness in Carribean Creoles
  2. Thomas Klee, Child Language Seminar, UK

Message 1: Politeness in Carribean Creoles

Date: Fri, 07 Feb 2003 04:13:08 +0000
From: Bettina Migge <>
Subject: Politeness in Carribean Creoles


Politeness, Face, and the Linguistic Construction 
of Personhood in Caribbean Creoles


Politeness phenomena have become a vast and fruitful field of
linguistic research ever since Brown & Levinson's much-debated study
on the subject. Questions of universal and culture-specific linguistic
politeness practices, cross-cultural versus local linguistic
constructions of personhood (cf. Goffman, Geertz), the conception of
face in the interaction of ethnic, social and regional groups have
been approached from perspectives of interactional sociolinguistics,
pragmatics, sociology, as well as linguistic and cultural
anthropology. With regard to the Caribbean, and especially to Creole
varieties, there are but a few isolated strands of research in this
area. We would now like to fill this gap by inviting innovative
contributions on a wide range of topics such as greetings, address
forms, various speech acts (such as requests, apologies, thanks,
insults, etc.), socialization and discourse, parent-child discourse,
register choice and communicative repertoire in the Caribbean context.
Contributions should preferably be based on empirical data
(qualitative, or a combination of qualitative and quantitative), with
a theoretical grounding in the ethnography of communication,
interactional sociolinguistics or related approaches. Please send
your title and abstract (appr. 200 words) by June 15, 2003 to one of
the e-mail addresses below. Full papers are expected by the end of
2003, so that a volume of contributions can be published in 2004. (Dr. Susanne Muehleisen) (Dr. Bettina Migge)

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Institut f�r
England- und Amerikastudien, Abteilung Linguistik, Grueneburgplatz 1,
D-60629 Frankfurt am Main

Language-Family: Creole; Code: CE
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Message 2: Child Language Seminar, UK

Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2003 14:06:51 -0000
From: Thomas Klee <>
Subject: Child Language Seminar, UK

Child Language Seminar
9-11 July 2003
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England

This year's CLS is hosted by the School of Education, Communication &
Language Sciences at Newcastle University. This interdisciplinary
conference was first held in 1977 and brings together researchers from
all over the world.

Keynote speakers are:
Elena Lieven, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology,
Leipzig and Department of Psychology, University of Manchester
Donna Thal, Department of Communicative Disorders, San Diego State
Marilyn Vihman, School of Psychology, University of Wales, Bangor

Call for Papers

Proposals are invited for papers and posters on issues related to child 
language acquisition and disorders. Guidelines may be found on the CLS 
website at under the 
'Pre-conference' tab at the top of the home page. Submission deadline is 
28 February 2003.

The registration form may be downloaded from the website. The 
registration fee includes attendance at all sessions, a welcome 
reception the evening of July 9th, lunches on July 10th and 11th,
morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks and the conference dinner at
Newcastle United Football Club the evening of July 10th. Each delegate
will also receive a printed copy of the CLS research summaries upon
arrival. The registration fee is GBP140.00 if payment is received before
30 May 2003 and GBP160.00 if received after.

Accommodation can be booked directly through the website.

Newcastle upon Tyne is a coastal city in the North East of England with 
excellent air, rail and road connections (3 hours from London and 1.5 
hours from Edinburgh by train). Newcastle and neighbouring Gateshead are 
currently bidding to be named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and 
are within easy reach of the Northumbrian countryside, County Durham and 
North Yorkshire as well as the Scottish Borders. The conference dinner 
will be held at St James' Park - the home of Newcastle United Football 

Thomas Klee and Carolyn Letts, CLS Organisers
Section of Speech & Language Sciences
School of Education, Communication & Language Sciences
Newcastle University
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Tel +44 (0) 191 222 7452
Fax +44 (0) 191 222 6518
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