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9. Forthcoming Meetings

Linguistic Anthropology in the Circumpolar World: Fairbanks, Alaska, 1-3 Apr. 1999 Session at the 26th annual meeting of the Alaska Anthropological Association

Seeking presentations on linguistic anthropology, both applied and theoretical, in Alaska and other circumpolar regions. Particularly appropriate would be presentations in which linguistics is centered within four-field anthropology. A non-exclusive list of topics includes: the relevance of linguistic anthropology to social issues, sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, language and culture, linguistic relativity, language contact, language conservation, language and education, language policy and planning, and historical linguistics.

Interested presenters should send abstracts to Roy Iutzi-Mitchell; Anthropology Department; University of Alaska Anchorage; Anchorage, Alaska 99508-8334 or to ffri(at) by 5 February 1999.

Chicago Linguistic Society. University of Chicago, IL, April 22-24

The 35th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society will take place at the University of Chicago, April 22-24, 1999.

Invited speakers for the main session will be Beth Levin (Northwestern U) and Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins U). Original, unpublished papers are invited on any topic of general linguistic interest. In addition, papers are invited addressing one of the following panel topics:

-- Language, Identity, and the Other (Thursday, April 22): Language serves as a means to unite as well as to exclude groups or individuals. This panel will explore the linguistic mechanisms by which this is accomplished in different speech communities. Invited Speakers: Robert Greenberg (U of North Carolina), and Michael Silverstein (U of Chicago).

-- ChiPhon 99: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Basic Units of Speech (Friday, April 23): This panel seeks to synthesize findings from linguistics and other fields which investigate linguistic behavior, to determine whether these can be used as evidence for a unified theory of basic units of speech processing. Invited Speakers: John Ohala (UC- Berkeley), and Joseph Perkell (MIT).

-- Theory and Linguistic Diversity (Saturday, April 24): Approximately five thousand languages are spoken throughout the world today. This panel seeks to explore the ways in which linguistic theories attempt to account for such variety. Invited Speakers: Mark Baker (McGill U), Joan Bresnan (Stanford), and R.M.W. Dixon (ANU).

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 1, 1999. Guidelines for abstracts may be obtained by visiting the CLS website at:
humanities/cls/cls.html or by e-mailing CLS at cls(at)

Student Conference in Linguistics 11 with Special Theme of Endangered Languages. The University of Texas at Austin. May 8-9, 1999.
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan David Bobaljik

The 11th annual Student Conference in Linguistics will be held at the University of Texas at Austin May 8-9, 1999. SCIL is a student-run conference which aims to bring together graduate students from around the world to present their research and build connections with other students. The proceedings are published in the MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.

We invite original, unpublished work in any area of linguistics. We would particularly like to encourage submissions which focus on endangered or underdescribed languages, in keeping with the conference theme.

Guidelines for Submission:

Please submit ten copies of a one-page, 500-word, anonymous abstract for a twenty-minute paper (optionally, one additional page for data and/or references may be appended), along with a 3" by 5" card with:

(1) your name,
(2) your affiliation,
(3) your address, phone number, and e-mail address,
(4) the title of the paper, and
(5) an indication of which subdivision of linguistics best describes the topic (e.g., Phonetics, Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Psycholinguistics, Anthropological Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, etc.)

The abstract should be as specific as possible, and it should clearly indicate the data covered, outline the arguments presented, and include any broader implications of the work.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5:00 PM, February 15, 1999. Send abstracts to:

SCIL 11 Abstract Committee
Department of Linguistics
501 Calhoun Hall
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78712

E-mail abstracts will be accepted. Please email us or consult our web page for detailed instructions. Email abstracts should be submitted to
by 5:00 PM, February 15, 1999.

Further information is available at

Questions can be directed to scil(at)

- Ralph C. Blight
Department of Linguistics,
The University of Texas at Austin

Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics 1999: Language in Our Time: Bilingual Education and Official English, Ebonics and Standard English, Immigration and the Unz Initiative, May 6 - 8, 1999

Conference Speakers:
Shirley Brice Heath, Anna Uhl Chamot, Deborah Tannen, Walt Wolfram, Ralph Fasold, Roger Shuy, Salikoko Mufwene, Roger Bowers, Ronald Scollon, Tom McArthur, Peter Brimelow, Donna Christian, John Rassias, G. Richard Tucker, JoAnn Crandall, Maggie Ronkin & Helen Karn, Reinhold Freudenstein, Shaligram Shukla, Edwin Thumboo, Anne Pakir, Bernard Spolsky, Denise Murray, Leanne Hinton

Plenary panel on Bilingual Education:
Stephen Krashen, Professor, University of Southern California "Condemned Without a Trial: Bogus Arguments against Bilingual Education"

Mauro E. Mujica, Chairman, U.S. English Foundation "The Official English Movement and Bilingual Education Reform"

Delia Pompa, Director, Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs, U.S. Department of Education "Update on the Reauthorization of the Bilingual Education Act"

Rosalie Pedalino Porter, Director, Institute for Research in English Acquisition and Development "Educating English Language Learners in U.S. Schools: Agenda for a New Millennium"

Tutorials with Stephen Krashen and John Rassias. Pre-conference session by the Federal Interagency Language Roundtable and the Society of Federal Linguists


Dr. James E. Alatis, Chair or Alison McArdle, Coordinator, GURT 1999, Georgetown University, International Language Programs and Research, 519 B Intercultural Center, Box 57-1045, Washington, DC 20057-1045
Tel. +1-202-687-5659, Fax-687-0699
Stabilizing Indigenous Languages (Tucson, AZ, June 3-5, 1999)

The 6th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference (SILC) will be held at the University of Arizona, Tucson, in conjunction with the 20th annual American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI). It will take place June 3-5, 1999, and is being co-sponsored by SSILA.

The conference will produce strategies for heightening awareness of the importance of indigenous languages, extending existing languageenvironments, and creating a new generation of speakers. The goal is to inspire indigenous communities to continue to develop and expand the circle of native language speakers.

Proposals are being accepted for workshops, panels, paper presentations, roundtable discussions and policy planning groups promoting the theme "One Voice, Many Voices: Recreating Indigenous Language Communities". Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

1) Workshops/Panels/Presentations
-Model activities for reversing language shift
-Technology in language transmission
-Developing community- and family-based language teaching strategies and materials
-Using multi-media language teaching techniques
-Teaching strategies
-Documentation of indigenous languages
-Indigenous literacies and literatures

2) Roundtables
-Creating and recreating language communities
-Orthography issues and development
-Curriculum and language materials development
-Language immersion programs
-Language planning and policy development
-Language variations
-Community-based programs
-Language surveys and assessments
-Grant proposal writing

For forms and guidelines on submitting proposals, contact AILDI by phone at 520/626-7555, or by e-mail at .

The deadline for submission of proposals is January 15, 1999. The registration fee will be $125 (if received by March 31), and $150 after April 1. Registration fee for students (with proof) is $50.

More detailed information will be posted shortly. If you have any questions, contact Akira Yamamoto (akira(at), Ofelia Zepeda

(zepeda(at), or Teresa McCarty (tmccarty(at)

Workshop on Language Maintenance and Death at LSA Summer Institute, U. Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, July 17-18,1999

We all know that the empirical lifeblood of the linguistics discipline--the languages of the world--is diminishing at a truly alarming rate. This workshop wishes to pool the ideas and sharpen the research tools of linguists at the institute, to deal with language maintenance and salvage projects both in North America and across the globe. Prominent fieldworkers/ researchers/ theoretical linguists--such as Ian Maddieson (UCLA) and Sally Thomason (Pittsburgh)--will lead discussions of language endangerment problems. They will also explicitly present their experiences of successful methods utilised in maintenance work, and will offer the workshop participants elaborated justification for why such work is absolutely crucial both to linguistics and to the larger global community. Young linguists and allied researchers will have the opportunity to present aspects of their own experiences, and most importantly to hear from others in the field how maintenance work can best proceed.



Topics covered will include the following:

what kinds of goals do language maintenance programs set themselves?
what factors lead to successful maintenance of minor languages?
what linguistic knowledge is prerequisite to planning a maintenance effort?
how can a community become aware of the need for a maintenance program early enough to avoid the desperation scenarios of most North American and Australian languages, as well as of many African languages?
how can linguists be useful to the people whose languages they study?
what kinds of things would we never know about the phonetics (and others areas) of human language if we didn't have data from hundreds of now-endangered languages?

Fees: $10 for students, $15 for faculty

Ideas of topics for presentation and discussion are welcome. Please contact the workshop organizer:
Simon Donnelly, Linguistics, Univ. Witwatersrand, P/Bag 3, 2050 Wits, SOUTH AFRICA 104simon(at), or see

Language Policy at the Millennium, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, November 23-25, 1999

Call for research reports, case studies, problem statements in language planning and policy.

The Language Policy Research Center in cooperation with the Lechter Institute and the Lewis Family Fund for International Conferences in the Humanities are now planning the Second International Symposium on Language Policy.

Our goal for the Symposium is to provide an opportunity to reassess the current status of language policy studies at the end of the century and to clarify theory and methods of the field. We hope to identify questions and define guidelines for the next decade of research.

Six invited papers will serve as conceptual and theoretical jumping off points for the shorter research reports and case studies requested in this call. The focal papers will be given by Joshua A. Fishman, Joseph Lo Bianco, Lachman Khubchandani, Peter Nelde, Carol Myers-Scotton, and Bernard Spolsky. In order to offer data-based challenges to the discussion, we invite abstracts of research reports, case studies or statements of a problem in the field of language policy and planning, from which we will select a small number for presentation, each to be juxtaposed with one of the focal papers. In addition, there will be a poster session for presentation of individual research.

Please submit your abstract of a proposal for a short research report, case study, or statement of a problem in an area of language policy by March 1, 1999 to Joel Walters at the address below. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 15, 1999.

Organizing Committee:
Muhammad Amara, Bar-Ilan University
Ellen Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University
Joel Walters, Bar-Ilan University
Elana Shohamy, Tel-Aviv University
Bernard Spolsky, Bar-Ilan University

Language Policy Research Center
Faculty of Humanities
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel 52900
Tel. 972-3-531-8125
Fax 972-3-535-4062
Email: waltej(at)

Additional information will soon be available on the LPRC website: http:/

Conference on Languages in Contact, Groningen University, November 25-26, 1999


A conference on languages in contact will be held on November 25-26, 1999, at the University of Groningen. This conference will include sessions devoted to descriptive and theoretical aspects of language contact.

The aim of this conference is to discuss language contact. Issues for discussion involve pidgins and creoles, minorities and their languages, Diaspora situations, 'Sprachbund' phenomena, extralinguistic correlates of variety in contact situations, problems of endangered languages and the typology of these languages.

We particularly welcome reports on contact phenomena between languages in Russia, their survival and the influence of Russian. This includes Yiddish and Mennonite dialects of Low-German. There will be a special session devoted to this topic: languages in contact with Russian.

The conference will be held on the occasion of the degree of honorary doctor in St Petersburg of Dr Tjeerd de Graaf.

We welcome contributions for 30-minute presentations (including 10 minutes of discussion).

Invited speakers, in alphabetical order:

Liya Bondarko (University of St Petersburg)
Evgenij Golovko (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Pieter Muysken (University of Leiden)
Sally Thomason (University of Pittsburg)

Abstracts should be restricted to two pages, including examples and references. Two copies of abstracts should be submitted, one anonymous, and one mentioning the author's name, affiliation, postaladdress and e-mail address. The deadline for submission of abstracts: April 1, 1999.

Abstracts should be sent to:

The organizing committee: John Nerbonne, Jos Schaeken, Dicky Gilbers, Dept Linguistics, University of Groningen, Oude Kijk in `t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen, The Netherlands

e-mail: nerbonne(at), schaeken(at), gilbers(at)
fax: +31-50-3636855

Sociolinguistics Symposium 2000: The Interface between Linguistics and Social Theory. UWE (Bristol), 27-29 April 2000

University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE, Bristol) Centre for European Studies (CES), Faculty of Languages and European Studies (LES) & School of Sociology, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences (ESS)

The Sociolinguistics Symposium 2000 is the thirteenth meeting of the Sociolinguistics Symposium which meets once every two years. This conference will focus primarily on the Interface between Linguistics and Social Theory, and it is hoped the meeting will contribute to further cooperation between the two disciplines. The conference welcomes papers from a range of different subject areas such as: language variation and change, language and gender, language and the media, discourse analysis, languages in contact, creole linguistics, intercultural communication, language and migration, social stratification of language, language development and other related topics.

Professor Jack Chambers (Toronto): Leaders and laggers in the diffusion of changes
Professor David Corson (Toronto) Critical Realism: An Emancipatory Social Philosophy for Sociolinguistics
Professor Pieter Muysken (Leiden): Radical Modularity and the Possibility of SocioLinguistics
Professor Shana Poplack (Ottawa): The Social Context of Linguistic Variation (working title)
Professor Ruth Wodak (Vienna): Does Sociolinguistics need Social Theory? New Perspectives in Critical Discourse Analysis

Language, Nationalism and Minority Rights
Multilingualism and Migration
Intercultural Communication
Language Contact along the Language Frontier
Suggestions for other colloquia are welcome.

Prof. Michael Scriven (Dean,LES,UWE), Prof. Alison Assiter (Dean, ESS,UWE), Mr Felix Bihlmeier (Assoc. Dean (Resources), LES, UWE), Dr Susan Price (Assoc. Dean (Academic Affairs), LES, UWE), Dr Carmen Arnaiz (UWE), Mrs Kate Beeching (UWE), Mr John Bird (UWE), Prof. Jim Coleman (University of Portsmouth), Prof. Nikolas Coupland (University of Cardiff), Dr Aidan Coveney (University of Exeter), Dr Helmut Daller (UWE), Prof. Roy Harris (University of Oxford), Dr Stephen May (University of Bristol), Dr Tom Osborne (University of Bristol), Dr Mark Sebba (University of Lancaster), Dr Sali Tagliamonte (University of York), Dr Jeanine Treffers-Daller (UWE), Mr Jem Thomas (UWE), Dr Glyn Williams (University of Wales at Bangor)

The deadline for proposals of colloquia is: 1 June 1999.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is: 1 September 1999.

Abstracts are welcomed for oral presentation (20 mins + 10 mins discussion) or poster presentation. Please send 4 hard copies, one of which contains your name and address, as well as an electronic version (Rich Text Format) of the abstract to the address given below.

More information about the conference programme, the venue and the general organisation of the event can be found either on our website:
or at our addresses/numbers below:

Jessa Karki/Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Centre for European Studies (CES), UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY, UK

+ 44 117 976 3842, ext 2724, Fax: -976 2626 (admin.) Jessa.Karki(at); (acad.) Jeanine.Treffers-Daller(at)