From: John Partridge <jgpkent.ac.uk>
Subject: Interfaces in Language
Interfaces in Language
Date: 23-Apr-2007 - 25-Apr-2007
Location: Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
Contact: John Partridge
Contact Email: jgpkent.ac.uk
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Within language studies we are constantly confronted with boundaries and
interfaces: for example between languages, between countries, between dialect
areas, and between various aspects and components of linguistic study. This
conference aims to examine where these occur, to see whether boundaries can and
need to be drawn or grey areas declared, and to map out further areas of
The organisation of panels will be finalised when all proposals have been received.
Keynote speaker: Marc van Oostendorp (Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam).
Organising Committee: Sandra Döring, David Hornsby, John Partridge, Nicola
Interfaces in Language:
An international linguistics conference
University of Kent, Canterbury
April 23-25, 2007
As in many other disciplines, within language studies we are constantly
confronted with boundaries and interfaces: for example between languages,
between language communities established on linguistic or socio-political
criteria, between dialect areas, between differing theories of language and
between various aspects and components of linguistic study. Lines have been
drawn compartmentalising various elements of linguistics at both macro- and
micro-levels, only for their validity to be challenged in later work Papers
from three continents accepted for this conference cover a wide range of issues
subsumed under three foci: Contact and Conflict, Categories and Orthodoxies, and
Language and Cognition. The conference will examine specific occurrences of such
interfaces, great or small assess their significance, determine whether and
where boundaries can and need to be drawn or grey areas recognised and map out
further areas of investigation.
- Marc van Oostendorp, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam
- Felicity Rash, Queen Mary University London
- Ken Turner, Brighton University
The full programme will be published shortly: late submissions will also be
The proceedings of the conference are to be published in a volume provisionally
entitled Interfaces edited by the conference organisers, to include the best
papers under each of the three headings above, together with a fourth section
focusing on issues raised in the general discussion which. will conclude the
For details and booking forms please contact Dr John Partridge
jgpkent.ac.uk or via
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