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Full Title: iMean 5: Language and Change

Location: Bristol, UK, United Kingdom
Start Date: 06-Apr-2017 - 08-Apr-2017
Contact: Jo Angouri
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Meeting Description: The iMean5 conference is 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.

We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect language use 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, language contact and change. 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 use 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 and the growth of cities on language use
- How identities are constructed and negotiated through language in the 21st. century
- Norms and variations in im/polite language behaviour
- Language change at different levels of linguistic analysis
- New media and language use

Invited Plenary Speakers (confirmed):

Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
Christine Béal, Université 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

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

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?
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 27.4870

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