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CLAVIER 2009 Call for Papers

CLAVIER 09
CORPUS LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE VARIATION

Modena, 5-7 November 2009


Second Call for Papers

New deadline for submission of abstracts: July 15th, 2009
Notification of acceptance: 31st July, 2009

Corpora – principled collections of data in electronic format – have emerged over the last decades as a powerful analytical tool both in applied and theoretical linguistics. They have turned out of particularly significant importance in studies on language variation and language varieties. Indeed, the wealth and amount of data  made available through corpus compilation and query tools  have increasingly enabled researchers to explore differences
across spoken and written discourse, social, diachronic and geographic varieties, age groups, gender, idiolects, etc.  The widening of studies on language variation and language varieties, however, still calls for discussion on significant methodological issues, which pose, among others, the following questions: What are the major methodological problems in the research field? What is the role of the comparative perspective? Which tools
and methodology best suit research?

The conference intends to focus on such issues in order to provide a better definition of the concepts under investigation and bring together significant and innovative contributions in what is now understood as a widely researched area, thus presenting new tools and perspectives to be investigated.  This is also the main general objective of the CLAVIER research group (Corpus and Language Variation Research Group), a research centre recently founded by the Universities of Bergamo, Firenze, Modena and Reggio Emilia, Roma “La Sapienza”, and Siena, and currently based in Modena. The point of departure is the invaluable contribution of two complementary strands of linguistic investigation - corpus analysis and discourse analysis – to research on language variation in English, both in quantitative and qualitative terms.

One of the purposes of the 2009 CLAVIER conference is to reinforce national and international cooperation with scholars and research centres that can widen and complement the interest in language variation currently driving research at the centre.

Plenaries
Udo Fries (University of Zürich)
Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki)
Josef Schmied (University of Chemnitz)
Geoffrey Williams (University of Bretagne-Sud)

We would like to bring together different perspectives on  language variation and use. Plenaries and papers will aim at giving a special insight into the following topics:

a. using historical corpora to investigate diachronic language variation
b. using corpora as an innovative tool in exploring geographic varieties
c. corpus linguistics  in the investigation of non-native language use in professional settings
d. corpus linguistics tools, special languages, and specialist lexicography.

Contributions concerning other topics will also be accepted on condition that they are relevant to the special theme of the Conference.
Proposals for papers on any language are welcome.


The conference will start early in the afternoon on the first day and close around lunchtime on the third day. It will be immediately  preceded by a
pre-conference workshop on specialist lexicography organized by the Modena Lexi-Term research group. Conference participants are welcome to join the workshop.

Presentation Guidelines
Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Time will be allotted for a poster session.
Working Language: English

Abstract Submission
Please send your anonymous abstract totalling no more than 500 words by July 15th 2009 to the following address: clavier09@unimore.it

Please do not include any self-identifying information on the abstract; indicate only the title and the abstract itself. On a separate cover sheet, include:

Title:
Format: (paper/ poster)
Author(s):
Affiliation(s):
Postal mailing address (for primary author):
E-mail (for primary author):

Important dates
July 15th, 2009 (extended): Deadline for receipt of abstracts
July 31st, 2009: Notifications of acceptance/rejection
September 10th, 2009: Programme

Organizing committee:
Marina Bondi - Silvia Cacchiani - Silvia Cavalieri - Giuliana Diani - Giuseppe Palumbo

Scientific Committee:
Julia Bamford (Napoli) - Marina Bondi (Modena e Reggio Emilia) - Gabriella
Del Lungo (Firenze) - Marina Dossena (Bergamo) - Rita Salvi (Roma) – Elena
Tognini Bonelli (Siena)

 
 

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