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Full Title: 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE)

Short Title: BICLCE2017
Location: Vigo, Spain
Start Date: 28-Sep-2017 - 30-Sep-2017
Contact: Javier Perez-Guerra
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Meeting Description: We are pleased to announce that the 7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE) will be held on 28-30 September 2017 at the University of Vigo (Spain). We invite papers on every aspect of the linguistics of contemporary English.

The attention devoted to the linguistics of the English language has resulted in a broad body of work in diverse research traditions. The aim of the BICLCE (formerly ICLCE) conference is to encourage the cross-fertilization of ideas between different frameworks and research traditions addressing the linguistics of contemporary English. Previous conferences were held in Edinburgh (2005), Toulouse (2007), London (2009), Osnabrück (2011), Austin TX (2013) and Madison WI (2015), along the same lines. We aim for the conference in Vigo to build on the success of those events.

BICLCE2017 aims to provide a platform for work which deals with contemporary varieties of English, in terms of their phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc., in any way which aims to be explanatory. Traditionally in this conference, syntax (specifically constructions), sociolinguistics, processing and discourse analysis are four of the focus areas. We invite proposals on these and other areas, such as variationist work which engages with issues of linguistic structure. We do not envisage work which is purely historical, but work which brings in diachrony in order to explain the structure of present-day English is certainly welcome.

Workshops Accepted so far:

1. Morphosyntactic Variation in World Englishes: Apparent-time and diachronic studies
2. Constructions and language processing: Performance-driven constraints on perception and production
3. Speech Rhythm in L1, L2 and Learner Varieties of English
4. SPE turns 50
5. Big data – small data – abstractness – concretenes: Critical approaches to methods in Corpus Linguistics
6. Different perspectives on proper noun modifiers
7. Approaches to fragments and ellipsis in spoken and written English

Invited Speakers:

Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel)
Padraic Monaghan (Lancaster University)
Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow)
Anja Wanner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 28.276

The following session(s) will be held during this meeting:
Different Perspectives on Proper Noun Modifiers
Approaches to Fragments and Ellipsis in Spoken and Written English
The Sound Pattern of English (SPE) turns 50
Speech Rhythm in L1, L2 and Learner Varieties of English

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