LINGUIST List 10.71

Sun Jan 17 1999

Calls: Balkan & S.Slavic Lang, Eng Historical Ling

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  1. Marc L. Greenberg, 12th Biennial Balkan & S. Slavic Conference
  2. Robert Stockwell, History of English Language

Message 1: 12th Biennial Balkan & S. Slavic Conference

Date: Sun, 17 Jan 1999 06:44:35 -0600
From: Marc L. Greenberg <greenbrgKUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU>
Subject: 12th Biennial Balkan & S. Slavic Conference

The 12th Biennial Conference on Balkan and South Slavic 
Linguistics,Literature and Folklore will be held at the 
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA, on May 4-6, 2000.

For more information, please check on the website:

This site will be updated periodically.

Please note that abstracts for the conference should 
be sent to the Conference organizers, Prof. Jane Hacking
<> or me <> by 
October 1, 1999.

Marc L. Greenberg
Dept. of Slavic Languages
2134 Wescoe Hall
University of Kansas 66045-2174

Tel. (785) 864-2349 (Office + voice mail)
Tel. (785) 864-3313 (Dept. secretary)
Fax: (785) 864-4298
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Message 2: History of English Language

Date: Mon, 18 Jan 1999 14:32:45 -0800
From: Robert Stockwell <StockwelHUMnet.UCLA.EDU>
Subject: History of English Language

Conference Announcement

Studies in the History of the English Language: SHEL-1

	Place: 	UCLA

	Date: 	May 28-30, 2000 

		First Session: Friday Evening Plenary Lecture

		Second and Third Sessions: Saturday Morning and Afternoon

			Conference Banquet and Second Plenary: Saturday Evening

		Fourth Session: Sunday Morning

Purpose and Objectives:

	In Europe the biennial conferences known as ICEHL (International
Conference on English Historical Linguistics) have served the field of
English Language Studies extremely well, giving the field both focus
and recognition that it almost certainly would not have achieved
otherwise. These conferences have taken place at major English Language
research centers over the past twenty years, each conference organized
and managed by the faculty of the conference site: Durham, Odense,
Sheffield, Amsterdam, Cambridge, Helsinki, Valencia, Edinburgh, Poznan,

	In North America, despite the presence of many major scholars in the
field, Historical English Linguistics -- the History of the English
Language told in the light of contemporary linguistic sophistication --
has not emerged with the same kind of recognizable personality. Many
scholars who do this kind of work are to a significant extent servants
also of other fields such as general linguistics, English medieval
studies, American dialectology, applied linguistics and teacher

	By organizing SHEL, what we hope to do is begin to provide the same
kind of focus for English Historical Linguistics in North America as
the focus achieved in Europe by the ICEHL series, in North America for
Germanic Linguistics by GLAC (Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference),
for American Dialectology by the American Dialect Society, for Social
Dialectology by NWAVE, and of course for General Linguistics by the
LSA. We are not in competition with any of these series or
organizations; we believe, however, that a weekend meeting dedicated
entirely to linguistic issues in the History of English will be an
energizing and useful academic experience. We begin modestly: no
organization, just a conference. Neither the timing nor the choice of
UCLA as the first venue are accidental; in early June of the year 2000
Robert Stockwell will reach a major anniversary and has agreed to
provide the first plenary talk in lieu of a 'retirement' lecture. Anne
Curzan is offering to organize and host the next meeting in Seattle. 

	We invite preliminary expressions of interest, including working
titles of the paper you would like to present, to be sent to: 

			Professor Donka Minkova

			Department of English, UCLA

			405 Hilgard Avenue

			Los Angeles, CA 90095

Expressions of interest and working titles can also be sent to the
following e-mail addresses: 	or 	or	 

Our preliminary plan is to allow all participants one-half hour for
presentation, with an additional ten minutes of discussion followed by
a break before the next paper. One page abstracts in three copies,
unidentified except by the cover sheet, should be sent to the
organizers by January 15, 2000. These will be taken as submissions for
anonymous review. 

While we wish to separate, very clearly, the research aspects, which we
consider our primary focus, and the pedagogical aspects, we recognize
that most of the likely participants are engaged professionally in the
teaching of courses on the history of English. Anne Curzan has
therefore proposed to organize a workshop on some aspect of the
pedagogical concerns of the participants. Prospective participants
should contact 
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