From: Cynthia Clopper <clopper.1osu.edu>
Subject: Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
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Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan
Date: 02-May-2008 - 03-May-2008
Location: Columbus, OH, USA
Contact: Cynthia Clopper
Contact Email: springsymling.osu.edu
Meeting URL: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
The Department of Linguistics at the Ohio State University will host a
symposium entitled Linguistic Variation Across the Lifespan on May 2-3,
2008. The symposium will bring together scholars from linguistics and
related disciplines, including psychology, speech and hearing sciences, and
anthropology, to examine variability as a fundamental property of human
language at all life stages. The symposium will focus on questions about
the sources of linguistic variability at each life stage and the
implications of these sources of variability for language processing,
acquisition, perception, and social identity construction. For example, in
early childhood, how does variability relate to the acquisition process? In
adulthood, how does stylistic variation mark membership in communities
centered around work or leisure? In later life, how do physical changes in
the vocal tract contribute to linguistic and social sources of variability?
By bringing together scholars interested in acquisition, stylistic
variation, and aging, this symposium will also provide the opportunity to
extend research questions beyond their typical life stage. For example, how
does language acquisition continue beyond childhood? How could we view
adulthood as characterized as much by variability and transition as other
The symposium will include invited talks by:
Penelope Eckert, Stanford University
Carla Hudson Kam, University of California, Berkeley
Benjamin Munson, University of Minnesota
Gillian Sankoff, University of Pennsylvania
For the complete program, registration, and accommodation information, please
visit the symposium website: http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~springsym/
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