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CFP: International Linguistic Association (ILA) 58th Annual Conference

The International Linguistic Association (ILA) invites you to its 58th annual conference to be held at Kingsborough Community College at the City University of New York, April 12-14, 2013. The conference co-chairs are Alice Deakins, Cathy McClure and Kate Parry.

The theme of the conference is English – Global and Local. Over the past half century English has become ever more widely spoken across the globe, and at the same time multiple and increasingly distinctive varieties have emerged. Both phenomena have given rise to questions and controversy. What accounts for the spread of English? Is it to be considered entirely or mainly a product of political, economic, or cultural imperialism? Or is it better explained as a result of social and economic change at the local level? How do we account for the development of local varieties? How should those varieties be handled in formal education and in literature? What is the significance of English and the diverse English languages for the political and social identities of people in different parts of the world? What are the consequences of the dominance of English for the use of other languages?

Call for Papers:
Proposals on these and related questions are particularly invited. We also welcome proposals in other areas of linguistics and on other languages. The submission deadline is January 14, 2013. Time allotted for presentations will be 20 minutes for delivery of the paper plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Proposals may be made for 1) paper presentations, 2) panel presentations, or 3) poster presentations.

To make a proposal for a paper or poster presentation, please send an abstract of 300 words or less, specifying at the head which kind of presentation it is for.

Proposals for panel sessions must include an overall summative abstract for the panel as well as abstracts of all the individual papers. Each abstract should be no more than 300 words long. An individual panel session can run up to 2 hours; please specify your preferred length.

Please check back for more information or email Conference Co-Chair, Professor Cathy McClure, at the following email address:, or Annika Wendt at

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