6th LRI Workshop for Young Acadmics

Oral Communication and Plurilingualism

Merano/Meran, 4-5 June 2020

Call for Papers

Following the successful workshops in Merano/Meran (Italy) in 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, and in Innsbruck (Austria) in 2016, the 6th workshop for young academics of the linguistic colloquium Language, Region, Identity (LRI) will be again hosted at the Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran (Italy). The workshop, jointly organised by a team from six universities and research centres in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland, aims to foster scientific exchanges within the Alpine region and beyond by offering a forum for discussing current and recently concluded projects. The workshop will feature oral presentations of 20 minutes with a subsequent discussion time of 20 min.

Each Linguistic Colloquium workshop has a specific topic of interest. The 6th edition will address the topics of oral communication and plurilingualism. We welcome contributions that deal with orality and spoken language, focusing in particular on oral communication in connection with:

  • territorial multilingualism; this could also include aspects related to migration;
  • the positioning of speakers from a sociolinguistic or variational linguistic perspective;
  • communicative acts within a specific genre of private or institutional communication, e.g. family talk, communication with public authorities, medical practitioners, at school or university etc.;
  • the linguistic features of spoken language from a phonetic-phonological, lexical, morphological, syntactical, pragmatic, or interactional point of view; this may also include a contrastive perspective;
  • the learning and teaching of oral competences in the first, second or foreign language;
  • methodological challenges in research on oral communication and spoken language.

Different languages and varieties in the Alpine region will provide the focal points of the workshop. However, the workshop is also open to related topics.

Conference Venue: Academy of German-Italian Studies, Villa San Marco, Merano/Meran (Italy)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Marcella Costa (University of Turin)
  • Jan D. ten Thije (Utrecht University)

Submission of abstracts

If you are interested in presenting your research project at the workshop, submit an abstract of max. 500 words (excluding a list of references) as pdf via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lri6). Deadline for abstract submission: 15 February 2020

Abstracts should provide the following:

  • clearly articulated research question(s) and its/their relevance;
  • the most important details about research approach, data and methods;
  • if aplicable: the main preliminary results and their interpretation.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the organising team. Notification of the outcome of the review process will be sent by 15 March 2020.

All dates at a glance:

15.02.2020         Submission of abstracts

15.03.2020         Notification of acceptance

01.03.2020         Registration opens

Form of presentation: oral presentation (20 minutes speaking time plus 20 minutes discussion time)

Languages: German, English, Italian

Fees: no fees foreseen

Organisation of the workshop:

Aivars Glaznieks (Institute for Applied Linguistics, Eurac Research, Bolzano, Italy)

Katharina Salzmann (Faculty of Education, University of Bolzano, Italy)

Stephanie Risse (Faculty of Education, University of Bolzano, Italy)

Monika Dannerer (Department of German Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria)

Peter Mauser (German Language and Literature, University of Salzburg, Austria)

Regula Schmidlin (German Studies, University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Contact: lri@eurac.edu