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LINGUIST List 19.3838

Mon Dec 15 2008

Calls: Semantics/USA; Discourse Analysis,Pragmatics/Japan

Editor for this issue: Kate Wu <katelinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Guillaume Thomas, Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas
        2.    Peter Backhaus, Communication in Institutional Elderly Care

Message 1: Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas
Date: 15-Dec-2008
From: Guillaume Thomas <gthomasmit.edu>
Subject: Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas
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Full Title: Semantics of Underrepresented Languages in the Americas
Short Title: SULA 5

Date: 15-May-2009 - 17-May-2009
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA
Contact Person: Guillaume Thomas
Meeting Email: gthomasmit.edu
Web Site: http://web.mit.edu/sula5/home.html

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers working on languages
or dialects which do not have an established tradition of work in formal
semantics. We especially encourage participation from those whose work involves
primary fieldwork or experimentation as well as analysis. We strongly encourage
the participation of graduate students.

Second Call for Papers

Due to technical problems with our website, the deadline for submissions of abstracts to SULA5 has been extended to noon (EST) on January 25, 2009. Abstracts must be submitted online at the following URL: http://web.mit.edu/sula5/call_for_papers.html

SULA5 will be held at Harvard and MIT during the week-end of May 15-17 2009.

Message 2: Communication in Institutional Elderly Care
Date: 15-Dec-2008
From: Peter Backhaus <backhauphotmail.com>
Subject: Communication in Institutional Elderly Care
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Full Title: Communication in Institutional Elderly Care

Date: 01-Oct-2009 - 02-Oct-2009
Location: German Institute for Japanese Studies, Tokyo, Japan
Contact Person: Peter Backhaus
Meeting Email: backhausdijtokyo.org

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 31-Jan-2009

Meeting Description:

This conference brings together researchers of communication in institutional
elderly care. Its aim is to get a better idea of the communicative properties of
caring facilities and to discuss differences and similarities in cross-cultural

Call for Papers

Population ageing is a worldwide phenomenon that poses great challenges to the
societies concerned. Among these challenges are an ever increasing number of
elderly people in need of institutional care. This conference takes a closer
look at the communicative properties of elderly care from a cross-cultural

As the small body of previous research into the topic suggests, communication in
the environment of an elderly people's home takes place under a set of
relatively extreme conditions that are absent from most other contexts of talk:
varying degrees of mental and/or physical deficiencies on the part of the
residents, recurrent discrepancies between the rules of a "total institution"
and the needs of its users, chronic scarcity of time, personnel and other
resources, and the necessity to provide, respectively accept, help with
performing intrusive and highly embarrassing actions like feeding, bathing, and

It can be assumed that these basic conditions apply to most elderly care
institutions in postmodern societies. The question is how they shape the way
people communicate in these settings and to what extent they differ across
different cultures. This conference brings together an international group of
specialists to discuss this question. Its aim is to get a better understanding
of the communicative properties of institutional elderly care and to discuss how
the relatively similar conditions under which interactants operate manifest
themselves in different cultures and languages.

The organizers particularly invite papers dealing with the topic within a
conversation or discourse analytical framework. For more information, please
contact Peter Backhaus at backhausdijtokyo.org.

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