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The aim of this research blog is to encourage sharing among researchers on the topic of linguistic politeness and pragmatics. This platform has been made accessible to public since 31 July 2013.

An Online Discussion & Resource Network
–Multilingual; Cross-Disciplinary (Business, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)
–Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, other Southeast Asian Subgroups & Clusters (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Peranakan, etc.)
–Undergraduates, Postgraduates and Scholars

Register at: sealinguist@gmail.com
(include full name and affiliation)

iMean5 Conference, UWE Bristol, 6- 8 April 2017 (Pre-conference Workshops on 5 April)

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Language and Change

Papers are invited for the iMean5 conference to be held at the University of the West of England, Bristol, 6- 8 April 2017. The fifth iMean conference maintains its traditional focus on meaning in social interaction, with a thematic orientation to Language and Change.

Invited plenary speakers (confirmed):

  • Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
  • Christine BéalUniversité Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
  • Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Michael Haugh, University of Queensland
  • Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Zuraidah Mohd Don, University of Malaya

We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect linguistic usage and our conceptions and analysis of it. Our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world has led to an upsurge in mobility and to the possibility of greater variation and change in language use. The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to the public sphere. Different contexts of use and new media may also bring new styles and manners of expression. As society changes, so must our conceptual and epistemological models and old questions and concepts require new approaches and angles.  

The conference welcomes papers which focus on Language and Change, on norms and/or shifts in language usage and, more generally, on theoretical and methodological developments in research on sociopragmatics.

iMean5 aims to  take a critical approach to current conceptions of ‘language and change’, focused around (but not restricted to) the following themes:

·        the impact of globalisation, population mobility, the growth of cities and multiethnolects and the interrelation of  language choice, language use and social justice;

·        how identities (regional, class, gender, ethnic and so on) are constructed and negotiated in and through language and how these shift from one community to another;

·        theory/ method aiming to forge new understandings of social class and gender identities in the 21st century and how we incorporate these in linguistic research;

·        language change at phonological, syntactic, semantic or discourse levels of analysis;

·        the impact of new media on linguistic usage.

In line with the iMean tradition, the conference aims to encourage multidisciplinary thinking and to create new pathways in linguistic research.

The conference will, as usual, include two specialist Colloquia, an Atelier AFLS and a summative Round Table at which the keynote speakers are invited to debate the conference theme. 

Invited Colloquia

iMean 5 will host two invited colloquia.

1. Language migration and change

Convened by Jo Angouri

2. “Just how sorry are you, mate?” Norms and Variations in im/polite language behaviour. Convened by Kate Beeching and James Murphy

 Further details will be announced by the end of October 2016 or soon after.

Atelier AFLS 

Participants who would like to present in French or present specifically French data are invited to join the Atelier AFLS which will take place as part of the conference.

Round table: What’s new in Language and Change?

Submission Details:

Panel Proposals:

Panel proposals are invited by 1 December 2016. Decisions about panels will be made by 15 December. Panel organisers should oversee abstracts from panel members, with up to 6 papers in a panel (2 X 90 minute slots). Individual panel members should submit abstracts, clearly marked with Panel names, to the main conference email address by 5 January 2017 as below. All abstracts (in panels and the main conference) will be subject to double blind review as always. For information on panel proposals please contact the organisers (J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk and Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk).

Individual Papers:

Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited. They should be submitted to https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imean2017.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5 January 2017. Abstracts should not include the name and affiliation of the author(s). If your submission is part of a Panel, or the Atelier AFLS, or you would like to propose your paper as part of one of the Colloquia, please state this clearly at the top of your submission.

Further details will be published on the iMean website soon. Go to: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/cahe/research/bristolcentreforlinguistics/i-mean.aspx

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk or J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk for further information.

Singlish videos

There is a wealth of videos on English(es) spoken in Singapore on YouTube. Here’s a video on some Singlish terms commonly used in Singapore which baffle foreigners:

There are a few more on militarylese available on YouTube. I can’t say that all Singaporeans understand the military language examples on YouTube. Anyway have fun deciphering if you don’t!

 

IPrA 2017 (16-21 July 2017, Belfast)

Make yourself at home.

AMPRA: Indiana University, Bloomington (Nov. 4-6, 2016, Indiana, USA).

(Image: visitorcentre.iu.edu)

Proposals for the 3rd International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA) are currently being accepted. The conference will take place at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA on November 4, 5, & 6, 2016. There will be a pre-conference workshop on Pragmatics & Language Learning during the afternoon of Thursday, November 3, 2016. In addition, the conference will feature three outstanding plenary speakers. For additional information about the conference and the call for papers, please visit the AMPRA website:

http://indiana.edu/~ampra/home/

In addition to individual presentations, we are encouraging proposals for PANEL sessions. Panel organizers, please follow the instructions for submitting your proposal: http://indiana.edu/~ampra/colloquia/ 

Abstracts and PANEL proposals must be submitted through EasyAbstracts:

http://linguistlist.org/confservices/EasyAbs/customabssub.cfm?emeetingid=6202JA4458B6964A40A050441
Before you submit your proposal, make sure to indicate whether your submission is for an individual presentation or panel.

Submission:

Deadline: April 15, 2016 (no abstracts will be processed after this date)

Notification of Acceptance: May 15, 2016

Call for Papers (also available on the AMPRA conference website):

http://indiana.edu/~ampra/docs/AMPRA3CallforpapersNov4-6-2016.pdf

Please visit the AMPRA website to get familiar with the guidelines for abstract submission, deadlines, plenary speakers, logistics for planning your trip, hotel, etc.  You can also find information for the Graduate Student Travel Award (see main page of website, ‘Announcements’.

http://indiana.edu/~ampra/home/

 If you have any questions about AMPRA 2016, please contact us at ampra@indiana.edu

We look forward to seeing you at Indiana University on November 4-6, 2016.

DON’T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT BEFORE APRIL 15!!!

Information sent by:

Dr. Cesar Felix-Brasdefer (for the 2016 AMPRA Conference Organizing Committee)