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LINGUIST List 22.441

Tue Jan 25 2011

Confs: Phonetics, Sociolinguistics/United Kingdom

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        1.     Sam Kirkham , Problems and Possibilities in Sociophonetics

Message 1: Problems and Possibilities in Sociophonetics
Date: 24-Jan-2011
From: Sam Kirkham <s.kirkhamsheffield.ac.uk>
Subject: Problems and Possibilities in Sociophonetics
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Problems and Possibilities in Sociophonetics

Date: 16-Mar-2011 - 16-Mar-2011
Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom
Contact: Sam Kirkham
Contact Email: sociophonetics2011gmail.com
Meeting URL: http://https://sites.google.com/site/sociophonetics2011/

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics; Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

As sociophonetic research progresses into the twenty-first century, it has
begun to emerge as a distinct research perspective with its own set of
research questions and directions. This inevitably brings with it its own
unique set of challenges and issues, both practical and theoretical in
nature. One the one hand, the field is undergoing rapid developments in the
use of innovative statistical modelling and new acoustic techniques. On the
other hand, researchers are increasingly looking to social and critical theory
in their attempt to ground descriptive linguistic analysis in a sophisticated
model of human interaction and culture.

This workshop, hosted by the Centre for Linguistic Research at the
University of Sheffield, provides a space for postgraduates and early career
researchers to explore and discuss these new and exciting areas of
sociophonetics and the relevance of recent developments to their own
research. It will feature:

- Plenary talks by Professor Gerry Docherty and Dr Jane Stuart-Smith

- Interactive session: 'Issues in Doing Sociophonetic Research'. This
session will be a chance to gain advice on specific details, methodological
issues and theoretical problems arising in your work from a sociophonetic

- Roundtable discussion: 'The Future of Sociophonetics'. In this session we
hope to draw together ideas emerging from the workshop and explore
future themes and developments in the field, both from a technical and a
theoretical point of view.

0945 - 1000: Arrival and registration
1000 - 1115: Plenary talk: Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow)
1115 - 1130: Coffee break
1130 - 1245: Discussion: Issues in doing sociophonetic research
1245 - 1345: Lunch
1345 - 1500: Plenary talk: Gerry Docherty (Newcastle University)
1500 - 1530: Coffee break
1530 - 1630: Discussion: The future of sociophonetics
1630: End of workshop

The workshop will be followed by an optional dinner in Sheffield city centre.

Organising committee:
Sam Kirkham (University of Sheffield)
Claire Nance (University of Glasgow)
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