i-Mean conference 2017


The next i-Mean 5 conference will be held at UWE Bristol between 6 - 8 April 2017.

The fifth i-Mean conference maintains its traditional focus on meaning in social interaction, with a thematic orientation to Language and Change.

Invited plenary speakers (confirmed):

  • Gisle Andersen, University of Bergen
  • Christine Béal, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3
  • Jenny Cheshire, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Michael Haugh, University of Queensland
  • Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Zuraidah Mohd Don, University of Malaya

We will be considering changes at the linguistic level but also how changes at a societal level affect linguistic usage and our conceptions and analysis of it. Our increasingly interconnected and fast-moving world has led to an upsurge in mobility and to the possibility of greater variation and change in language use. The linguistically diverse nature of contemporary societies has implications for social justice, with potentially differential access to the public sphere.

Different contexts of use and new media may also bring new styles and manners of expression. As society changes, so must our conceptual and epistemological models and old questions and concepts require new approaches and angles.

Call for papers

Papers are now invited for the i-Mean 5 conference.

The conference welcomes papers which focus on Language and Change, on norms and/or shifts in language usage and, more generally, on theoretical and methodological developments in research on sociopragmatics.

iMean5 aims to  take a critical approach to current conceptions of ‘language and change’, focused around (but not restricted to) the following themes:

  • The impact of globalisation, population mobility, the growth of cities and multiethnolects and the interrelation of  language choice, language use and social justice;
  • How identities (regional, class, gender, ethnic and so on) are constructed and negotiated in and through language and how these shift from one community to another;
  • Theory/ method aiming to forge new understandings of social class and gender identities in the 21st century and how we incorporate these in linguistic research;
  • language change at phonological, syntactic, semantic or discourse levels of analysis;
    the impact of new media on linguistic usage.

Individual Papers:

Abstracts of no more than 350 words (max and including references, if absolutely necessary) are invited.  Papers should be submitted via EasyChair

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 5 January 2017. Abstracts should not include the name and affiliation of the author(s). If your submission is part of a Panel, or the Atelier AFLS, or you would like to propose your paper as part of one of the Colloquia, please state this clearly at the top of your submission.

View fuller details about Panels, Colloquia, the Atelier AFLS and submission dates.

Further information

Further details will be published on the I-Mean website soon including details on accommodation, travel, social events, programme, invited colloquia, plenary titles and abstracts, pre-conference workshops and day trips.

Registration fee details

View registration fee details for the I-Mean conference.

View accommodation details.

Questions about the i-Mean conference?

In the meantime, email Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk or J.Angouri@warwick.ac.uk for further information.

Further information

If you have any queries, please e-mail the organisers - Jo Angouri and Kate Beeching or e-mail imeanconferences@gmail.com

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