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LINGUIST List 22.681

Thu Feb 10 2011

Calls: Applied Linguistics, Socioling/Australia

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        1.     Elke Stracke , Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place

Message 1: Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
Date: 07-Feb-2011
From: Elke Stracke <AppliedLing.2011canberra.edu.au>
Subject: Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
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Full Title: Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
Short Title: ALAA-ALANZ 2011

Date: 30-Nov-2011 - 02-Dec-2011
Location: Canberra, Australia
Contact Person: Elke Stracke
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site: http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/langfest/alaa_alanz.htm

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 30-May-2011

Meeting Description:

The Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia (ALAA) and New Zealand (ALANZ) are pleased to announce their second combined conference:

Applied Linguistics as a Meeting Place
30 November - 2 December 2011
Hosted by the University of Canberra and the Australian National University

The conference will focus on intersections between Applied Linguistics and other disciplines or areas of practice. The conference strands include Applied Linguistics and:

- Education
- Assessment and Testing (organised by the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand, ALTAANZ)
- Language Development
- Indigenous Issues
- Society
- The Law
- The Arts

The conference will highlight Australia's beautiful national capital as an intellectual, cultural, political and policy-development centre.

Plenary speakers include:

Diana Eades (Australia)
Janet Holmes (New Zealand)
Merrill Swain (Canada)

The conference will be preceded by the first ALAA-ALANZ Postgraduate Student Workshop (29 November 2011).

The conference will include a joint day (2 December) with the annual Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) conference (2-4 December 2011).

A call for papers and registration details will soon be posted.

Please see the following website for more information:


Call for Papers:

Abstracts are invited for presentations at the second combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia (ALAA) and the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand (ALANZ) to be held in Canberra from Wednesday, 30 November, to Friday, 2 December, 2011. The conference will be hosted by the University of Canberra and the Australian National University.

Conference strands include:

- Language and Education
- Language and Indigenous Issues
- Language and Literacy
- Language and Social Interaction
- Language and Society
- Language and the Arts
- Language and the Law
- Language and Technology
- Issues in Assessment, Testing and Applied Linguistics (organised by the newly formed Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ).
- Issues in Language Development
- Issues in Interpreting and Translation

Outline descriptions of strands will follow shortly. Within some strands, further sub-strands will be identified.

The conference is being planned in association with the annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) (2-4 December 2011) with a joint ALAA-ALANZ-ALS day on Friday 2 December. The first two days of the ALAA-ALANZ conference (30 November and 1 December) will be located at the University of Canberra; the joint ALAA-ALANZ-ALS day (2 December) will be located at the Australian National University. The joint day will especially highlight issues in Language and the Law, including intersections with other conference strands.

The ALAA-ALANZ conference will be preceded by the first ALAA-ALANZ Postgraduate Student Workshop on Tuesday 29 November. It will provide opportunities for graduate students to discuss work in progress with distinguished academics, including the plenary speakers. Further details on the Workshop will follow shortly. Note: the Workshop will not be a separate mini-conference for graduate students, who, if they wish to present a paper, etc., should submit proposals to the conference as below.

We invite proposals for papers, colloquia, workshops, panel discussions, roundtables, posters or other innovative session formats.

Guidelines for Abstract Submissions:


Papers are 15-20 minute lecture-style presentations followed by 10 minutes for questions/responses. Your abstract should be no more than 200 words plus no more than 2-3 key references if desired.

Colloquia/Workshops/Panel Discussions/Roundtables/Other:

Colloquia/workshops/panel discussions/roundtables and other formats provide various opportunities for presentations, interaction and discussion (including with the audience) around a theme or topic. You may organise your timeslot and participants as you see fit but you should include adequate time for audience participation:

Short - 1 ½ hour timeslot. Long - 3 hour timeslot.

Your abstract should be no longer than 300 words, including approximately 100 words outlining how the session will be organised. You may include no more than 3-4 key references if desired.


Posters consist of a display of material on (no more than) a two A1-sheet poster. Posters will be displayed at designated times throughout the conference with scheduled opportunities for the presenters to discuss the material with interested individuals. Your abstract should be no more than 200 words plus no more than 2-3 key references if desired.

Assessment of Abstracts:

Abstracts will be blind-reviewed by at least two independent experts selected by strand convenors. Reviewers will be asked to assess abstracts using the following criteria:

1. Does the abstract fit within the overall conference theme?
2. Does the abstract provide evidence that the paper/poster will have a clear line of argument and/or that the session will have a clear and specific focus?
3. Does the abstract situate its problem/issue in a wider context (theoretical and/or empirical and/or practical) including relevant literature, and does it indicate how this problem is significant for Applied Linguistic enquiry?
4. Does the abstract make clear how the analysis in the session is/will be grounded? Will this grounding be theoretical, empirical or practical or some combination of these?
5. If the paper/poster or session is to be focused on research, does the abstract include a brief but revealing description of the methodology used to examine the issue/problem?
6. Does the proposed session appear to be feasible in the time allowed?
7. Is the abstract clear and well written?

Conditions of Submission:

For papers and posters, at least one presenter needs to register for the conference in order for presentations to be included in the program. For other types of session, the majority of presenters/contributors must register. Each presenter/contributor may be listed as a participant in a maximum of two sessions of any kind.

Submissions may be rejected if they do not conform to submission guidelines.

Submitting Abstracts:

Abstracts will be submitted online - details to follow shortly. Go to: http://law.anu.edu.au/coast/events/langfest/alaa_alanz.htm

The final date for submission of abstracts is Monday 30 May 2011.

Notification of the acceptance/rejection of abstracts will be made by Friday, 15 July 2011.

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