Agora: Texas A&M University-Commerce Graduate Student Conference [Branches of Linguistics] April 12-13, 2012

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English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD)
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We invite papers from any area of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, or their applications. Besides the traditional core areas (phonetics, phonology,morphology, syntax, semantics, first and second language acquisition), fields of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
• lexicography
• pragmatics
• psycholinguistics
• sociolinguistics
• historical linguistics
• stylistics
• corpus linguistics
• discourse analysis
• textual analysis
• rhetoric
• computational linguistics

Moreover, interdisciplinary approaches are more than welcome as long as linguistics and its branches play a significant role in the investigation. Among the many areas that can be addressed:
• communication and mass communication
• education
• cognition
• logic
• literature
• literacy
• composition
• ethnology
• anthropology
• creative writing
• marketing
• advertising

Sara Cushing Weigle is our keynote speaker. She is an associate professor in the department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University.

General Call for Conference Papers:

Keynote Speakers
Roberta Seelinger Trites, Jay Telotte, Sara Cushing Weigle

The Agora as constructed by the early Greeks was a public assembly space—the town square where merchants and philosophers met to exchange goods and ideas. Today, the Agora has evolved from the city square and market place as the convergence of many public interests to a virtual space in which different cognitive, epistemological, communicative stances meet together and compare, contrast, and argue on processes of knowledge and science. It is in that same spirit that the English Graduates for Academic Development (EGAD) of Texas A&M University-Commerce provides the Agora as a market place of ideas. Submissions are open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

For the first time, in order to meet specific interests of research and reflection, the EGAD conference will be organized in four sections that correspond to the four "souls" of our graduate program at both the master's and doctoral levels:

• Literature
• Film studies
• Branches of Linguistics
• Rhetoric and Composition Studies

See below for specific calls for each section listed above.

Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be submitted to no later than January 31, 2012.

• Within the body of the email please include:
• name
• affiliation
• email address
• title of paper
• a brief biographical statement
• preferred section: film studies, literature, linguistics, rhetoric/composition
• Please attach the abstract submission as either a .doc or .rtf file
• Abstracts should be between 250-500 words
• If you are making a creative writing submission, please indicate this within the abstract describing the work

Please list any audio and visual equipment necessary for your presentation. Please note that laptops will not be provided.

Conference Fee
$35 early registration (ends January 31st)
$50 late registration (after January 31st)

Checks can be made payable to: EGAD
Department of Literature and Languages
P. O. Box 3011
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429-3011