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Aston University, Birmingham (UK)

Wednesday 12th – Thursday 13th September 2018

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Programme 

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Background 

This two-day conference will conclude two pilot studies, French as Spoken in Brussels, funded by the British Academy (2013-2016) and Back for the future of the Corpus de français parlé à Bruxelles, funded by the Modern Humanities Research Association (2017-2018). The first project aimed to conduct, to transcribe and to disseminate online sociolinguistic interviews with born and bred inhabitants of Brussels in order to provide an authentic snapshot of French as it is spoken nowadays in Brussels, the second to make available online the transcriptions of ethnolinguistic interviews collected in Brussels in 1989.

In addition to presenting the projects’ results, the conference’s purposes are to offer networking opportunities to researchers working on French in multilingual urban centres, and a springboard for new collaborations and research directions.

Call for papers

The conference welcomes any presentation on French in a multilingual urban environment, irrespective of its focus: contact phenomena, changes or linguistic planning.  Presentations about existing or planned corpora and resources are welcome. More specifically, the programme will revolve around 4 specific areas

Research Strands

In many parts of the worlds, French officially co-exists with other languages.  Autochthonous language, language of implantation or of (post)colonisation, how is the status of French evolving? This strand welcomes discussions around issues of language planning and its fallouts.

The vagaries of history and migration movements have put French in contact with other languages, some of which are typologically very remote. What are the consequences on discursive practices including French? Discussions about code-switching and code mixing would be relevant in this section.

Language contact can lead to adopting foreign features but also to encouraging word coinage. In extreme cases, it can result in forsaking one language for another. Phenomena of that type will be addressed here.

In the last half century, large corpora have emerged and developed thanks to technological development. This strand will be devoted to the presentation and the exploitation of corpora of French in multilingual spaces of any kind.

Invited speakers

Helene Blondeau

Hélène Blondeau (University of Florida) is Associate Professor at the University of Florida. She gained in 2000 a PhD in linguistic anthropology from the University of Montréal where she was involved in various research projects and trained in variationist sociolinguistics, including specific statistical tools such as Goldvarb. She is currently a co-investigator in a major research project on French on the American continent (Le français à la mesure d’un continent) led by Prof. France Martineau, where her main focus is on Montreal.

Rudi Janssens

Rudi Janssens (Vrije Universiteit Brussels) studied sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 1995 he obtained his PhD, 'A Boolean Approach to Attitude Measurement'. He is professor of multilingualism at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and works as a senior researcher at the Brussels Information, Documentation and Research Centre (BRIO) where he is in charge of the language-sociological research strand. He mainly works on language use in multilingual and multicultural urban centres, and on the impact of language policies. He has already conducted several language surveys on language use, language shift and language and identity. He is a member of the MIME-Consortium (Mobilities and Integration in a Multilingual Europe) funded by the 7th Framework Program of the EU.

Committees

Organising Committee

Emmanuelle Labeau ; Anne Dister ; Said Djama Dirie ; Wilson Douce; Mathilde Guardiola (MHRA Research Assistant); Ghizlane Lafdi ; Qioachao Zhang. 

Scientific Committee (in development)

Mathieu Avanzi (Université de Neuchâtel), Hélène Blondeau (University of Florida), Maria Candea (Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle); Anne Dister (Université Saint-Louis, Bruxelles), Gaetane Dostie (Université de Sherbrooke), Françoise Gadet (Paris Nanterre), Philippe Hambye (Université Catholique de Louvain), Emmanuelle Labeau (Aston University), Florence Lefeuvre (Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle); , Daniel McAuley (Queen University Belfast); Mat Pires (Université de Franche-Comté), Wim Remijsen (Université de Sherbrooke), Mireille Tremblay (Université de Montréal).

Submissions

  • A 400-word abstract (excluding references) will provide the background for the paper, the research question(s) and an overview of the results.
  • It will be submitted through Easychair, by 30th April 2018. 

Deadlines

  • 30th April 2018: Abstract Submission
  • 31st May 2018: Acceptation notification
  • 1st June 2018: registration opens
  • 30th June 2018: Confirmation of participation and Final programme
  • 12th-13th September 2018: Conference

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