Call for Papers: Association for French Language Studies Conference: ‘Le français d’ici, de là, de là-bas’, 15-17 July 2019, University of Bristol, UK. Deadline: January 14, 2019.
It is perhaps inaccurate to refer to ‘French’ in the singular, as if to imply that the French language is a homogeneous monolithic object. Indeed, modern contemporary French varies and changes over geographical and social space and, while it may seem odd to refer to ‘Frenches’ in the plural, we must acknowledge at the very least that ‘French’ is made up of a plethora of accents, dialects, and varieties. This conference will consider geographical, social, and stylistic variation in French, as well as the implications of such research for pedagogy, language acquisition, and our understanding of the Francophone world in general. The organising committee welcomes abstract submissions on these and any other areas of French linguistics and French language teaching in Higher Education. Conference papers are welcome in either French or English, and abstracts should be written in the language of the presentation. Speakers will be given 30 minutes for oral papers (20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions).