AFLS Conference 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS: AFLS Conference 2019

‘Le français d’ici, de là, de là-bas’

The annual conference of the Association of French Language Studies (AFLS) will be held at the University of Bristol, UK, from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 July 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).

Abstracts may be submitted via the website from 1 October 2018. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words (including title and references), and should be sent by 14 January 2019. Abstracts should be anonymised and should state explicitly which field they subscribe to.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Jacques Durand (Université Toulouse II – Jean Jaurès)

Prof. Emmanuelle Canut (Université Charles de Gaulle – Lille III)

Prof. Mari C. Jones (University of Cambridge)

Prof. Leigh Oakes (Queen Mary, University of London)

Please send all queries to:

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