48th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR APPLIED LINGUISTICS
3-5 September 2015
BAAL 2015 will be held at Aston University in the heart of Birmingham. It is organised by CfL (Centre for Forensic Linguistics), CLERA (Centre for Language Education Research at Aston) and InterLanD (Interdisciplinary Research into Language and Diversity) and hosted by the School of Languages and Social Sciences.
One definition of theoretical and linguistic creativity is when the rules of language are bent, distended or stretched to breaking point. Language is only creative when we break the rules: change grammatical order, use ingenious metaphors, puns and wordplay. Similarly, with linguistic theory. We only move on as a discipline when a theorist contests received wisdoms, entrenched paradigms, and established methods. The focus of this 'Breaking theory' conference is to critique current theories and, crucially, to engage in creating new ways of imagining, theorising and practising applied linguistics.
We especially welcome papers that question orthodox schools of thought in our field, and help us to think beyond them. As a profession, we will look to the future to speculate what the new directions in applied linguistics might be. Abstracts are welcome in any area of applied linguistics and should be interesting and innovative in some way. They should be scholarly and of academically good quality and indicate clearly objectives, method(s), and results where appropriate. Abstracts which address the conference theme will be particularly welcome.
DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF ABSTRACTS: 31 March 2015
To submit your abstract please follow the steps below:
1. Go to the following link www.aston.ac.uk/baal2015 and click on ‘Submit papers'. Then
click on 'create an account’ to register with the system. You will be sent an e-mail to confirm
your account registration. Click on the link to confirm the account, allowing you to proceed
to the next stage of the submission process.
2. Go back to the abstract submission page, log in to the submission system and start the
submission process by clicking on the 'New Submission' tab. An e-mail confirmation of
receipt of abstract will be sent to you immediately. Your contact details will be included in
the book of abstracts unless you opt out during the submission process.
For information: http://www.aston.ac.uk/lss/news/events/baal-annual-meeting/