The Society for Caribbean Linguistics (SCL) and the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics (SPCL) will host their 17th Biennial Conference, entitled “Usage, Application and Development of the Languages of the Caribbean and the Guianas” at the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de la Guyane; in Cayenne, French Guiana, from Monday 28 to Thursday 31 July, 2008. Abstracts on all types of Caribbean languages are invited. Caribbean languages include: Amerindian languages, Creole languages, standard, official and non-standard language varieties, and immigrant languages. As this is a joint conference with the SPCL, papers on non-Caribbean Creole languages are also welcome. For Cayenne 2008, abstracts on all aspects of Antillean and Guianese languages are especially invited and strongly encouraged. Abstracts pertaining to any of the following panel themes are invited (in any sub-discipline of linguistics): 1. Language description: Amerindian languages 2. Language description: Creole languages 3. Language contact: diachronic and synchronic 4. Sociolinguistic contexts and settings 5. Language and education 6. Language and migration 7. Linguistic practices and new technologies 8. Postcolonial pragmatics Deadlines: Submission of abstracts: Friday 15th February, 2008; Notification of acceptance: Tuesday 15th April, 2008; and Submission of full papers: Tuesday 1st July, 2008.
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