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APLA 36 ALPA
36th Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association
Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2-3 November 2012
Language and life: description, theory and beyond
Keynote Speaker: Alana Johns
Professor, Department of Linguistics
University of Toronto
Organizing committee: Elissa Asp, Daniel Currie Hall, Egor Tsedryk
Conference e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Modern Languages and Classics
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3C3
Tel.: (902) 420-5859
Inspired by the title of Charles Bally's book Le langage et la vie (1913), the theme of this year's meeting is twofold: language as a fact of life, and life as a property of languages. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the idea of language as a biological phenomenon, and a renewed debate about how much of human beings' biological predisposition to acquire and use language is specific to language, and how much is attributable to more general properties of human cognition. At the same time, languages themselves are living things, in the sense that they grow and change. The tasks of observing and documenting languages in all their rich diversity, and of offering assistance to communities who are interested in preserving their languages, are an essential complement to endeavours in all other areas of descriptive, theoretical, and applied linguistics, and are of foundational importance in striving to understand language as a fact of human life.
As always we welcome proposals, in English or French, for papers in all areas of linguistics, and we particularly invite submissions in areas directly related to this year's theme, such as language maintenance/preservation, community-based linguistic initiatives, biolinguistics, and all aspects of linguistic fieldwork. Students are especially encouraged to apply.
Presentations are 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.
Papers presented at the conference will be published in conference proceedings.
Abstracts should be anonymous and no more than 300 words in length, excluding title and references. Please send your abstract as a PDF attachment to: email@example.com
Deadline: September 10, 2012
Notifications: mid September
In the subject field of the email, enter "APLA 36 Abstract". In the body of the email, include the following information:
- Title of the proposal
- Name(s) (if applicable, mention "student" or "retiree")
- Affiliation (if applicable), postal address and e-mail
- Area(s) of linguistics
The registration fee for the conference is $80 ($40 for retirees and $20 for students). All presenters must be members of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association (APLA). The annual membership fee of $30 ($15 for students) may be paid at the conference. For more information about APLA, please visit http://www.unb.ca/apla-alpa.
A special rate has been arranged with the following hotels. Note: If there is no special booking code, you would need to make a reservation by phone or by e-mail. To obtain a special rate, mention the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association at Saint Mary’s University.
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hotel direct: (902) 423-6331
Walking distance: 21 minutes (based on Google maps).
The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites offers delegates attending the Atlantic Provinces Linguistics Association a guest room rate of $119.00 based on single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes. For delegates to make their reservations online, simply use the following direct link to access the group reservation page:
Booking ID: 27615
Reservations will be accepted until the room release date of Monday, October 15, 2012. A block of 20 rooms is held for APLA participants.
1266 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 425-0167
Toll free: 1-800-565-9346
Walking distance: 25 minutes.
Special rate: $98 for a double bed room, $116 for a queen bed room.
The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reservations: 1-877-993-7846 or (902) 496-8585
Walking distance: 24 minutes.
There is a 20% discount for APLA participants.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport (http://www.hiaa.ca/) is 35 km from downtown Halifax.
Taxi flat rate is $50 (one way). There are also Metro Transit buses departing nearly every hour for downtown. For services see: http://www.halifax.ca/metrotransit/MetroExpress.html.