CFP: Human Language and Language Reform (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

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Brian Lennon
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Paper proposals are invited for the seminar "Human Language and Language
Reform," ACLA 2006 Annual Meeting, Princeton University, March 23-26,

Seminar Organizers: Brian Lennon, Pennsylvania State University; Nergis
Erturk, Columbia University

This seminar invites reflections on literature and language reform. More
specifically, we invite participants to consider how nineteenth and
twentieth century nationalist and internationalist language projects at
once destroyed and reconstituted --- literally re-formed --- imaginations
of language as something (uniquely) human: a double movement manifest in
the para-literary and masocritical activities of historical and
contemporary avant-gardes, in post-structuralist translation theory, and
in current models of and for world literature. Papers might address the
consequences for "human language," and the relevance for literature, of
any of the following or related topics in language politics and language
ecology: alphabet reform; language purification; orthographic
standardization; official language policies; international auxiliary and
planned languages; "global" languages; monolingualism and plurilingualism;
machine writing and machine translation.

Deadline for submission of individual paper proposals: November 30, 2005.
Please submit proposals at the Web site for ACLA 2006:

Contact for questions about this seminar:

Brian Lennon
Assistant Professor
Department of English
The Pennsylvania State University
117 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802-6200 USA
Phone: (814) 865-6261
Fax: (814) 863-7285

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