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LINGUIST List 16.3532

Tue Dec 13 2005

Calls: Discourse Analysis/Finland;Neuroling/Canada

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <kevinlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Fred Dervin, Academic mobility: Crossed Perspectives
        2.    Douglas Coleman, The 33rd LACUS Forum

Message 1: Academic mobility: Crossed Perspectives
Date: 08-Dec-2005
From: Fred Dervin <frederutu.fi>
Subject: Academic mobility: Crossed Perspectives

Full Title: Academic mobility: crossed perspectives

Date: 21-Sep-2006 - 23-Sep-2006
Location: University of Turku, Finland
Contact Person: Fred Dervin
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.hum.utu.fi/ranskakk/fran.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 10-Mar-2006

Meeting Description:

Target audience:
Teaching staff involved in student mobility, researchers in higher/international education, graduate/postgraduate students, international educators, administrators in charge of mobility programmes, policy makers, directors and staff in international offices, Erasmus/Socrates offices.

Aim of the conference:
The main aim of the conference is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussing the actors of academic mobility. Papers are welcomed from linguistics, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, geography and educational policy, among others.

Keynote speaker:
-Mike Byram, School of Education, University of Durham, UK

Plenary speakers:

-Martine Abdallah-Pretceille, Universities of Paris III & Paris VIII, France
-Elizabeth Murphy-Lejeune, Department of French, Saint Patrick’s College, Dublin, Ireland
-Vassiliki Papatsiba, Open University, UK
-Eija Suomela-Salmi, Department of French Studies, University of Turku,
-Geneviève Zarate, INALCO, France

Call for Proposals
Submissions will be invited in the following categories in English or in
French :

(1) Research papers (20 minutes + 15 minutes for questions)
These papers should document established results, and be written according to highest academic standards.

(2) Presentations on work in progress (20 minutes + 10 minutes for questions and comments from audience)
These papers may address issues still being worked upon. However, academic rigour is expected.

The author(s) should submit one 200-word abstract with the Proposal Form below. It should include:
- the title;
- the name, institution phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of each author;
- objectives or purposes;
- perspective(s) or theoretical framework;
- methods, techniques, or modes of inquiry;
- data sources or evidence;
- results and/or conclusions/point of view.

Complete all sections of the Proposal Form on our website and include your abstract on the form. Send one copy embedded within an e-mail to mobilityutu.fi by 10.3.2006.

If you do not have electronic access, you may send your abstract to Academic Mobility, C/O F. Dervin, Department of French Studies, Henrikinkatu 2, 20014 Turun Yliopisto, Finland

Conference description:
Academic mobility is growing year after year. University staff, students, researchers and officers in higher education are increasingly travelling Europe and the world as part of their work or studies. In Europe, several EU programmes have proved to be successful within the European countries and are now extending to the whole world (ex: Erasmus Mundus). Yet, few studies are available on the ''hypermodern'' mobile academic individuals. What is known of the lives of these ''new strangers'' (Murphy-Lejeune)? How do they deal with their daily lives? What sort of relationships do they develop? What about the competences they develop while abroad? Do they alter their views on their own ''foreignness'' and that of the others? In what way do their experiences differ from those of ''normal migrants''? Aim of the conference: The main aim of the conference is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for discussing the actors of academic mobility. Papers are welcomed from linguistics, education, anthropology, sociology, psychology, geography and educational policy, among others.

Other aims include:
- To promote debate and reflection in the existing information and research in
academic mobility and related fields;
- To raise awareness within higher education regarding academic mobility;
- To identify needs inhome and host institutions;
- To improve administrative, intercultural and teaching experiences of staff;
- To support academic mobility;
- To establish research networks on academic mobility.

Conference themes:
- Categories of mobile / non-mobile individuals in higher education
- Daily lives
- Identification (ex: national, European, Erasmus identities)
- Mobile academics' representations (of themselves, the EU, of their home countries, their hosts, etc.)
- Learning (foreign language acquisition, intercultural competence...)
- Challenges (student support)
- Virtual academic mobility
- Long-term effects of academic mobility
- Representations on academicmobility (in the media, with ''locals''...)

Partner Institutions:
- Department of French, University of Turku, Finland
- International Office, University of Turku, Finland
- Escola Súperior de Educaçaõ Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
- Centre Culturel Français de Helsinki, Finlande
-Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Scientific Committee:
- Fred Dervin, Department of French Studies, University of Turku, Finland
- Elizabeth Murphy-Lejeune, Department of French, Saint Patrick's College, Dublin, Ireland
- Vassiliki Papatsiba, Open University, UK
- Esmeralda Lopes Rosa, Escola Súperior de Educaçaõ Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal
- Eija Suomela-Salmi, Department of French Studies, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
- Matti Taajamo, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland
- Ioannis Tsoukalas, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Message 2: The 33rd LACUS Forum
Date: 08-Dec-2005
From: Douglas Coleman <douglas.colemanutoledo.edu>
Subject: The 33rd LACUS Forum

Full Title: The 33rd LACUS Forum
Short Title: LACUS

Date: 31-Jul-2006 - 04-Aug-2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Contact Person: Douglas Coleman
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://www.lacus.org

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Neurolinguistics

Call Deadline: 15-Jan-2006

Meeting Description:

Abstracts are invited on the main theme (variability) or one of the subordinate themes (neurolinguistics and hard-science linguistics) but are welcome on other linguistic topics. Papers are especially welcomed on interdisciplinary topics.

Linguistic Association of Canada and the United States
Association de Linguistique du Canada et des Etats-Unis


University of Toronto
July 31 - August 4 (Monday-Friday), 2006

Conference Theme: VARIABILITY

Special Sessions are planned on subordinate themes:
(1) Neurolinguistics
(2) Human (Hard-Science) Linguistics


Jack Chambers, University of Toronto
Dialect differences in English across the Niagara Peninsula
Dennis Preston, Michigan State University
Why don't you understand your own language?
Ron Smyth, University of Toronto
What makes some English speakers sound as if they are gay
Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto
Variation in the English in different Toronto neighbourhoods


LACUS especially invites abstracts relating to the conference theme or one of the subordinate themes, but welcomes abstracts on other linguistic topics. In keeping with LACUS tradition, papers are especially welcomed on interdisciplinary topics and on innovative ideas or unpopular views.


Suggestions are invited for workshops and tutorials. Please contact Douglas Coleman utoledo.edu> or Syd Lamb (lambrice.edu) right away with your ideas.


Papers accepted for the program will be scheduled for either 15 minutes or 25 minutes, with 5 minutes allowed for discussion.

Due Date for Abstracts: 15 January 2006. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged.

Maximum length: 400 words (not including references). References should be limited to two or three (additional references may be included on a separate page but will not appear in the meeting handbook.) Do not include tables or figures in the abstract.

Anonymity: The abstract should not identify the author(s).

What to Submit: Please submit abstracts only by e-mail. Preferably, send the abstract as an e-mail attachment in Word, WordPerfect, or rich text format.

Accompanying Information: In the body of your e-mail (not part of the attachment) send the following information:
1. Author's name(s) and affiliation(s).
2. Title of paper.
3. Presentation time desired -- 15 or 25 minutes.
4. Special audio-visual requirements (anything other
than overhead projector or PowerPoint capability).
5. Eligibility for prize (if applicable -- see below).
6. Name a topic (or two topics) to identify the area(s) in
which your paper lies.

Where to Submit: Douglas W. Coleman utoledo.edu> (Or, if no e-mail access:
Department of English
University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606-3390 USA


Evaluators of abstracts will appreciate your attention to these desiderata:
Informative but brief title
Clear statement of the problem or questions addressed
Clear statement of the main point(s) or argument(s)
Informative examples
Clear indication of relevance to related work
Avoidance of jargon and polemic
References to literature


You do not have to be a member of LACUS to submit an abstract. If your abstract is accepted, you must be a member to present your paper at the meeting. Members will automatically receive the publication resulting from the conference.


Continuing a tradition started by the late Kenneth Pike, a committee consisting of the President, the President-Elect, and former Presidents of LACUS will select the winner of the annual Presidents' Prize, with an award of $500, for the best paper by a junior scholar. For purposes of this prize, 'junior scholar' is defined as one who has had a doctoral degree or its equivalent for less than five years.

The Presidents' Predoctoral prize, with an award of $100, will be given for the best paper by a student who has not yet received a doctor's degree.

For purposes of these prizes, 'best paper' is defined as that which in the judgement of the committee makes the most important contribution to knowledge. Organization and presentation and the quality of the abstract are also considered.

The prizes will be awarded at the annual banquet, to be held at the end of the meeting, Saturday, August 5th.

Only single-authored presentations will be considered for prizes. A person who has won the same prize twice is no longer eligible.

Junior scholars and predoctoral scholars should identify their status in the e-mail message sent in with the abstracts, to indicate their eligibility for one of the prizes.


Thanks to the Ruth Brend Memorial Fund, limited assistance may be available for scholars from countries with weak currencies who submit strong abstracts. For information, contact the Conference Committee Chair, Douglas Coleman.


A selection of the papers presented at the meeting (not to include write-ups of tutorial/workshop presentations) will be chosen by a panel of referees for publication, with appropriate revisions, in LACUS Forum XXXIII.


Accommodations will be available in the university's Chestnut Residence, formerly a hotel, in downtown Toronto. at the rate of Can$84 plus tax for single occupancy, Can$94 plus tax for double occupancy. Rooms contain either one or two double beds. These prices include complimentary full breakfast.

The rooms at the Chestnut Residence do not have TV and they have weekly (not daily) maid service.

Reservations must be made, by phoning the hotel at 416-977-0707, by June 1, 2006. Tell them you are making reservations for the LACUS meeting. Requests received after the cut-off date may be honored subject to availability.

Parking is available at the Chestnut Residence for Can$23 per day. One can park a few blocks away at a University lot for Can$48.75 per week. Arrangements for the latter may be made through the Department of Linguistics -- contact Peter Reich.

Across the street is the Metropolitan Hotel, with TV in rooms and daily maid service.

Watch the LACUS web site (www.lacus.org) for further information as it becomes available.


Updated conference information will be posted to the LACUS website at approximately the beginning of every month from now until July next. See http://www.lacus.org.

Detailed information will be sent to all LACUS members and to nonmember authors of accepted abstracts in March.


ADDRESS QUESTIONS ABOUT LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS at the University of Toronto to the local host: Peter Reich utoronto.ca>.


Douglas W. Coleman, University of Toledo, Chair
David C. Bennett, SOAS, London
Peter Reich, University of Toronto
Lilly Chen, Rice University
Sheila Embleton, York University
Toby Griffen, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
Sydney Lamb, Rice University
Bill Spruiell, Central Michigan University
Lois Stanford, University of Alberta
William J Sullivan, U Wroclawski & U Marii Curie-Sklodowskiej

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