The Department of English Language and Linguistics at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, is pleased to announce the first call for papers for the 2011 joint annual conference of the following societies: * Linguistics Society of Southern African (LSSA) * Southern African Applied Linguistics Association (SAALA) * South African Association of Language Teachers (SAALT) and * The Second International Conference on English Pronunciation: Issues and Practices (EPIP 2).
Proposals may soon be submitted via the conference website where further information is available about the conference, Rhodes University and Grahamstown, travel and accommodation.
The conference theme is `Interactions and Interfaces', which reflects the multidisciplinary nature of this joint conference, which is focussed on bringing together theoretical linguists, sociolinguists, applied linguists and language teachers. The international conference (EPIP 2) has a similar multidisciplinary focus i.e. bringing together researchers and teachers of English, phonetics, phonology and EFL/ESL/EAP interested in the issues surrounding English pronunciation, both native and non-native. The theme also applies to interfaces and interactions between different theories, different conceptions of language, different languages and, indeed, the interactions between people, and encapsulates the potential synergies of such meetings.
Therefore, contributions focussed specifically on the conference theme are particularly welcome. Submissions dealing with other linguistic topics will also be considered.
Keynote Speakers The following speakers have kindly agreed to contribute keynote talks: * Gary Barkhuizen (Auckland University, New Zealand) * Tracey Derwing (University of Alberta, Canada) * Paul Foulkes (University of York, United Kingdom) * Pieter Muysken (Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands)
Submissions Proposals for four different kinds of contribution are invited.
All proposals should be one page in length, excluding references, using 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced.
Papers will be of 30 minutes duration, comprising 20 minutes for presentation plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference, with a dedicated poster session for discussion. Presenters are encouraged to prepare a handout to go with the poster.
Panel Discussions will comprise up to 4 papers around a central theme, with time for audience discussion, and will last for a total of 2 hours. The website will prompt prospective panellists for the following information: a title for the panel discussion, a short description and rationale for the panel, a list of presenters and separate proposals for each of the four contributions (one page each).
Post-sessional Workshops will be held after the conference, as the name suggests, on the afternoon of Wednesday 29th June, and on Thursday 30th if demand is sufficient. Each will last for at least three hours, including half an hour for tea. Proposals for whole day workshops will also be considered. This part of the programme is envisaged as an opportunity for delegates to obtain an introduction to a new area of linguistics, perhaps one in which they are planning to begin research or teaching, and for presenters to pass on their skills to (new and experienced) colleagues. Proposals for language tutorials will also be welcome. Presenters will not be paid, apart from a minimal sum from attendance fees to cover printing costs. Proposals should again be one page in length and should describe the organisation of the workshop, its objectives as well as the nature of the audience participation. Information on requirements, technical and practical, should be provided e.g. maximum size of the class that can be accommodated, computer lab required etc. Presenters will need to supply their own legal copies of software, if appropriate. Prospective presenters are welcome to contact us before the proposal deadline at
When submitting abstracts, authors will be prompted to select one of four strands, so as to ensure allocation to an appropriate reviewer. These are:
* English pronunciation (EPIP) * Theoretical/formal linguistics * Applied linguistics (excluding educational topics) * Language teaching and language in education
New presenters may find it useful to consult the websites listed under “Presenters’ guidelines” below.
Second call for papers: 31 January 2011 Closing date for proposal submission: 14 March 2011 Acceptance notification: 15 April 2011 Early registration closes: 30 April 2011 Registration closes: 31 May 2011 Conference begins: 26 June 2011
Registration fees The following registration fees will apply. Please note the closing dates. The registration form and details of how to pay may be found here.
Early registration (closes Friday 15 April 2011): Academic R1500; Student R750
Late registration (closes Tuesday 31 May 2011): Academic R1650; Student R800
Administrative queries may be addressed to
Rhodes University is a relatively small university which benefits from a concentration of language-related departments and research institutes. It is situated in Grahamstown, a university town situated in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, an area rich in history, culture and natural beauty. The Eastern Cape is famous for being the birthplace of English in South Africa as well as being the home of famous political figures such as Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela. It is, in addition, the meeting place of at least three different cultures and languages (English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans). It is also well-known for its natural splendour, in particular its beaches and malaria-free game reserves. Grahamstown is an hour and a half driving distance away from Port Elizabeth and two hours from East London, both coastal cities and both with airports receiving flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Grahamstown is also home to the annual National Arts Festival, one of the biggest in the world and showcasing both local and international talent. The festival will begin directly after the conference and delegates are encouraged to explore what is on offer at http://www.nafest.co.za