Call for Papers: conference on language and religion, April 2018
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    Call for Papers: 63rd Annual Conference of the International Linguistic Association

    When: April 20-22, 2018
    Where: St. John’s University, New York City
    Theme: Language and Religion
    The theme of this conference, “Language and Religion,” draws on the universal notion of a bond between speech and worship. This bond fosters group identity and determines social roles. To the degree that language and religion shapes self-identification as the basis for determining one’s membership in the social group, it likewise establishes perspectives on those considered as outsiders. One of the most significant indicators of this emic-etic distinction involves the use of language appropriate to insiders that reveals who is a member and who is not, such as in the classic example of the shibboleth.  While we invite submissions from all areas of linguistics, topics of interest to the conference theme include, but are not limited to, scholarly studies of liturgical language and speech acts, religious diglossia, calques and traductology in sacred texts, religion as political language, etc.

    Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:
    hieratic language
    the speech registers of different religious practices
    ritual speech and performance
    languages used in religious practices and texts (e.g., Latin, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.)
    translation of sacred texts
    use of the vernacular in the liturgy
    language in missionary activity
    language of spiritual experience
    intelligibility of religious texts
    religion and language variation
    religion and cognition
    religion and the internet
    language learning for religious purposes
    language and religion under different political circumstances (e.g., colonialism, capitalism, autocracy)
    In keeping with the ILA tradition, we also invite individual papers or posters on other areas of linguistics.

    Invited Plenaries: Asma Barlas, George Jochnowitz, Charlotte Linde, Nicholas Ostler, Peter Unseth

    Guidelines for Proposals
    A paper or poster title and anonymous abstract of between 300 and 400 words, excluding references, is required along with a summary abstract for the conference booklet of no more than 150 words. On a separate page, the primary author's name, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number, along with any additional authors' names/affiliations, must be included. Proposals will be blind-reviewed for quality and originality.
    Submissions should contain mainly new material and must not have been published previously in order to be considered. All proposals should be emailed in a MSWord (.doc, .docx) file and using “ILA2018” in the subject line, to Ms. Annika Wendt, ILA Secretary at by Thursday, February 15, 2018. Proposal acceptances will be sent by Saturday, February 24, 2018. The author(s) whose proposals have been accepted for the ILA Annual Conference must register before the registration deadline (Monday, March 12, 2018) in order to be included in the Conference Program.

    Send inquiries to Michael Maiale, Coordinator, at
    Co-Chairs: Walter Petrovitz,; Kathleen O'Connor-Bater,
    Thanked by 1M. Jackson Osborn
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