Free Linguistics Conference 2012

The 6th Annual International Free Linguistics Conference will be held in the Eastern Avenue Auditorium Complex, on Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus on the 6th and 7th of October, 2012.

The aim of this conference is to provide scholars, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students with current research issues from all fields of linguistics & TESOL an open and widely accessible forum.

The conference is free due to generous sponsorship from the University of Sydney.

The main feature that distinguishes this conference is its focus on freedom:
  • freedom from linguistic subfield divisions;
  • freedom from an established and rigid theme for presentations, and;
  • freedom from fees.
Focus speakers will include:
Karl Maton, University of Sydney
Shirley Dita, De La Salle University
Ghil'ad Zuckermann, University of Adelaide

With more to be confirmed
There will also be a performance of ‘Reading Mandela: Genre Pedagogy versus Ancient Rhetoric’ written by Rob McCormack

Call for Papers
Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers, colloquia, poster presentations, or hot topics.
  • Colloquia (abstract max of 250 words): Colloquia will be 90 minutes in length. Their internal structure is up to their organizers, but sufficient time for discussion is encouraged.

  • Single papers (abstract max of 250 words): Papers will be 40 minutes in length, with 30 minutes for presentation, 10 minutes for questions/discussion.

  • Hot topics (abstract max of 250 words): Hot topic talks will be 20 minutes in length, with 10 minutes for the talk and 10 minutes for Q&A/discussion. We especially welcome proposals in this category from young researchers/students with new and challenging ideas.
  • Poster presentations (abstract max of 250 words): Poster presentations will be given in groups with a 30-minute allotment per session. This format may suit young researchers who want to present their work in a less formal format.
Abstracts are invited from any linguistic (and TESOL) sub-fields, and presenters may choose from the following strands: Aboriginal Languages, Cognitive Linguistics, Computational Linguistics, Conversation Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Critical Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, First Language Acquisition, Forensic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language & Culture, Language in Education, Language Policy & Planning, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Multilingualism, Natural Language Processing, Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, Second/Additional Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, Systemic Functional Linguistics, TESOL, Translation, Interpretation, Other.
Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st of May 2012

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