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Confs: General Linguistics, English/USA
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International Society for the Linguistics of English 2
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Subject: International Society for the Linguistics of English 2
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International Society for the Linguistics of English 2
Short Title: ISLE-2
Date: 17-Jun-2011 - 21-Jun-2011
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Contact: Eugene Green
Contact Email: isle2wtpbu.edu
Meeting URL: http://www.bu.edu/isle
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
The theme of the conference is Methods Past and Current.
Recent studies in corpus linguistics, varieties and typologies, dialects and
Standard English, as well as pragmatics prompt examination of methods
found conducive to promising results. The choice of the conference's theme
stems from the widely shared view that methods of analysis involve at least
the following related questions:
-How do methods of investigation take into account the data under study?
- In what ways do linguistic premises, perspectives, and models shape the
methods to use?
- Which methods and models, developed in such disciplines as
anthropology, cultural and demographic history, economics, psychology,
and textual editing enhance linguistic analysis?
- Do current methods depart in significant ways from those typical of
research in the past?
More particular subthemes include:
- For studies in corpus linguistics, diverse methods for investigating and
analyzing regional, social, and cultural patterns in dialects, varieties, and
- Under the topic typology, analyses range from Old to Modern English on
dialects and varieties, written and oral registers, and optimality theory as
applied to sound change.
-From the perspective of reception, methodological designs for perceptual
- For the topic pragmatics, discussion of current methods that are used to
determine and explain patterns and changes in the linguistic features of
spoken and written English.
The theme and topics presented here outline but by no means exhaust the
scope of talks, poster sessions, and workshops that the New England
Committee invites for ISLE 2011. The conference in Boston aims to provide
an ample forum for members' presentations and exchanges, formal and
informal, on a wide range of topics.
ISLE 2011 will run from 8:00 am Friday, 17th June to 12:30 pm, Tuesday,
21st June. There will be an opening reception at the University Pub on the
evening of Thursday the 16th and an architectural tour of downtown Boston
on the afternoon of the 21st. The scheduled talks for the conference are as
Plenary speakers for the ISLE 2011 meeting include:
Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts: 'Multiple Grammars and Dialectal
Variation: A View from the Perspective of Language Development'
Stefan Gries, University of California, Santa Barbara: 'The quantitative
revolution in corpus linguistics: applications and their theoretical
April McMahon, The University of Edinburgh: 'Comparing [la?k] with [l??k]:
Methods for Collecting and Comparing Data from Varieties of English'
Christian Mair, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg: 'World Non-Standard
Englishes: Reflections on the Global Spread of (Some) Vernacular Varieties
Christopher Ricks, Boston University: 'The very words, and not only those'
Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto: 'System and society in the evolution
of change: The case of Canada'
Presidential Address: David Denison, University of Manchester
Dinner Speaker: Laurence Horn, Yale: 'Etamythology and Taboo'
General Categories and Subdivisions with Author and Short Title
I. Accidence and syntax.
1. John Payne, Eva Berlage, 'The effect of semantic relations on genitive
variation' (multivariate analysis)
2. Cristoph Wolk, 'Dative and genitive variability in late ModE'
(cross-constructional and corpus-linguistic approach)
3. Stefanie Wulff, 'A multifactorial study of genitive alternation in L2 English'
B. Grammaticalization and degrammaticalization
1. Julie Van Bogaert, 'A multivariate analysis of that/zero alternation'
2. Marion Elenbaas, 'Tracing grammaticalisation in English light verbs'
3. Stefanie Wulff, 'Gradient grammaticalization in English complement
constructions.' (Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English.)
4. Graeme Trousdale, 'Ish,' (evidence from a range of corpora-
and historical English)
C. Modern English constructions - Set 1
1. Marcus Callies, 'Surfing the web, graduating university, and shopping
2. Ilse Depraetere and Chad Langford, 'On the meaning(s) of need to'
3. Doris Schoenefeld, 'Modern Usage and semantic change' (constructional
environments specified together with collexeme analysis)
C. Modern English constructions - Set 2
1. Bas Aarts, 'Typical and atypical change in modal usage over time'
(Statistical analysis of frequency in modal verbs)
2. Karin Axelsson, 'A new functional model for tag questions based on
fiction dialogue data' (Hierarchical model for tag-questions)
3. Linnea Micciulla, 'Factors predicting the use of passive voice in
newspaper headlines' (Probabilistic factors in newspaper headlines)
4. Tine Breban, 'A new analysis of proper noun modifiers in PDE NPs' (a
large-scale corpus investigation of PNMs in PDE data from Collins
WordbanksOnline, BNC and COCA)
D. Early English constructions
1. Sylvia Adamson, 'Language change and narrative options' (established
analyses associated with corpus linguistics)
2. Ayumi Miura, 'Lexical semantics in Middle English impersonal
(a comparison of argument structures)
3. Lieselotte Brems, 'Fear(s) + complement clauses' (qualitative and
quantitative corpus analysis )
4. Izabela Czerniak, 'Tracing the Scandinavian influence in early English'
(connection of morphological simplification to subsequent syntactic
reanalysis. Also coefficient of variation )
E. Comparative studies of Modern British and American Constructions
1. Thomas Hoffmann: 'The more Data, the better' (Hierarchical Configural
2. Gunther Kaltenböck, 'Comment clauses on the move'
3. Turo Vartiainen, 'Conceptual proximity and the positional variation of
directional modifiers in English' (comparing examples)
F. Contact or Comparisons of English and related Germanic languages
1. Ruth Möhlig-Falke, 'How analytic is the English language?' (qualitative
and quantitative analysis of corpora
2. Anna Wärnsby, 'Interpreting modal utterances in English and Swedish'
(data mining analysis using 21 different contextual variables)
3. Eline Zenner, 'The borrowability of English' ((1) sufficient data; (2) corpus
frequency of the anglicism, (3) effect of conceptual parameters, (4)
mixed-effect regression analyses )
G. Psychological aspects of English syntax
1. Carlos Prado-Alonso, 'A cognitive approach to obligatory subject-
dependent XVS constructions in English' (analysis of four computerised
written and spoken corpora)
2. Ute Römer, 'Learning verb-argument constructions' (Application of
COBUILD, enhanced by five further procedures)
3. Rainer Schulze, 'Aspects of seriality in language' (Analysis of
distributional and environmental factors associated with construction
grammar in corpora)
4. Laurel Smith Stvan, 'The influence of lexical conflation on causation'
(Conflated interactions of iconicity, metonymy, and core meanings in
II. Sound, Meaning, and Word Formation
A. Perceptual Dialectology
1. Douglas Bigham, 'Performance speech as indicative of perceptual status
in Texas English' (Earlier statistical findings on Central Texas English
compared with current readings aloud of 'Arthur the Rat' in two versions)
2. Isabelle Buchstaller, 'Investigating the effect of different variable
definitions in diachronic sociolinguistic analysis'
3. Chris Montgomery, 'A new method for dialect recognition and rating in
perceptual dialectology' (A free choice 'dialect recognition' task which is
designed to better complement the 'draw-a-map' task. )
1. Don Chapman, 'Why empirical studies of prescriptive rules should be
variationist' (independent, non-linguistic variables and dependent, linguistic
2. Kirk Hazen, 'Morphological methodology for a rapidly reconfigured
(Logistic regression analysis of 2,666 tokens of quotative verbs)
3. Sandra Jensen, 'Variation and Change in the north-west of England'
(Acoustic phonetics is used as a means of analysis)
4. Jessica White-Sustaita, 'Beyond inventories and frequencies' (A
comparison of questions elicited combined with variationist analysis)
1. Markus Biezwanger, 'Variationist sociolinguistics meets variational
pragmatics' (Labovian sociolinguistics )
2. Christine Gunther, 'Pragmatic factors determining variation in the
realization of head nouns' (contextual limitation of a reference set,
accessibility of the antecedent, the type of the antecedent, stylistic
preferences and aspects of language economy. )
3. Meike Pfaff, 'On the pragmatics of obligative want to' ((1) indicates what
may have motivated speakers to choose for the expression of obligation a
verb of volition, (2) traces the historical development of the lexical verb
4. Alexander Bergs, 'On how to integrate context into grammar' ((1) to
systematically integrate co- and contextual information into construction
grammar. (2) to refer to grammatical factors, and when simple ad-hoc
pragmatic reasoning suffices for the speaker/hearer in en-/decoding the
meaning of the utterance.)
III. World Englishes
A. African and related diasporic Englishes
1.Lars Hinrichs, 'Gauging variety status in diasporic dialect mixing'
(structural/quantitative linguistics (through sociophonetic analysis) and of a
qualitative, cultural studies-based perspective)
2. Magnus Huber, 'New ways of analysing the history of English varieties'
(transcriptions, acoustic and auditory analyses)
3. Robert Fuchs, 'The progressive aspect in Nigerian English' (a corpus-
based methodology and an investigation of variation in progressive aspect
usage with register and style)
4. Glenda-Alicia Leung, 'Approaching the Acrolect' (a verbal guise survey
B. Asian and Pacific English
1. Rohit Kawale, 'The passive verb phrase in Indian English' (Statistical
analysis of a large corpus put in comparison with findings in British English)
2. Svetlana Kurtes, 'Madam or aunty jee' (sociolinguistic analysis)
3. Manfred Sailer, 'Doubling in New Englishes' (the algorithm from
Stefanowitsch 2007 to extract all instances of word doubling)
C. Canadian English
1. Charles Boberg, 'Ethnicity and regional variation in Canadian English'
(Acoustic, phonetic analysis of vowel production; controls for ethnic origins)
2. Sandra Clarke, 'The dialect atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador English'
(recorded interviews with conservative rural speakers representing all
regions of the province)
3. Stefan Dollinger: 'Language attitudes and the case of Vancouver English'
(First, reconstructions of input varieties and earlier stages of the variety, as
historical sources abound, are feasible and, second, synchronic studies in
apparent time are able to inform models of new-dialect formation, as they
reach back to the third generation of settlers. Also, perceptual dialectology
in apparent time.)
D. Irish English
1. Julia Davydova, 'The 19th-century Irish English and modern Singapore
(The model and method in variationist sociolinguistics is employed.)
2. Marije van Hattum, 'A preparation of news to come in Irish immigrant
(The Invited Inferencing Theory of Semantic Change)
3. Stephen Lucek, 'Invariant tags in Irish English' (qualitative analysis in
Irish English and quantitative analysis of markers classified as utterance
final in five other varieties of English)
E. Phonological Topics in American English and New Englishes
1. David Eddington, 'Flaps and other variants of /t/ in American English'
(The variables used included the three phones or boundaries on either side
of /t/, the stress of the syllables preceding and following /t/, and whether a
syllable boundary appears next to /t/. A computationally explicit model of
linguistic performance is used )
2. Ray Hickey, 'Mergers and the spread of English' (A request sent to him to
specify his method in his abstract)
3. Caroline Wiltshire, 'New Englishes and the emergence of the unmarked'
(Studies of the acoustic phonetics of the vowel systems of New Englishes)
4. Toshihiro Oda, 'Phonetically accidental and systematic gaps' (A request
sent to him to specify his method in his abstract)
IV. Style, Rhetoric, and Idioms
A. Academic Styles
1. Presley Ifukor, "Towards the emergence of technolectal Nigerian English"
(computational and online tools for data collection)
2. Zak Lancaster, 'Analyzing student writing using Appraisal and a
concordancer': Appraisal method in Systemic Functional Linguistics,
together with concordance investigations)
3. Ute Römer, 'New insights into academic speech and writing' (a profile of
the central phraseological items, their internal variation, their functions, and
textual distribution (highlighting instances of textual colligation, Hoey 2005),
in a selected text or text collection.)
4. Peter Siemund, 'Varieties of English in the classroom' (to convert
state-of-the-art research on varieties of English into a user-friendly
B. Letters and Literature
1. Dustin Grue, 'Relevance theory, accountabilities, and collocations in Lord
of the Flies criticisms' (Application of Relevance Theory, together with
2. Minna Palander-Collin, 'How can we study identity construction in early
English letters?' (Corpus-based (clusters, keywords) and context-sensitive
discourse analytic methods.)
3. Jim Walker, 'The present-perfect narrative in varieties of British English
and farther afield'
4. Joanna Nykiel, 'Do so and verb phrase ellipsis in the Canterbury Tales.'
(Analyses of structural distributions and related antecedents (dynamic or
1. Laurel Brinton, 'Exclamatory as if' (Evans' hypothesis that there are three
stages in the development of insubordinated clauses: (1) a stage at which it
is possible to treat the clause as underlyingly subordinate, with the main
clause ellipsed, (2) a stage at which the clause has achieved greater
semantic specificity and the ellipsed main clause cannot be 'restored', and
(3) a stage at which the clause is fully nativized as a main clause.)
2. Beate Hampe, 'A study of expressive a(n) N of a(n) N constructions in the
BNC' (collostructural analyses, comparison of genres-fiction/biography with
mix of genres)
3. Georg Maier, 'Pronoun case variation across varieties of English' (the
quantitative and qualitative distribution of pronominal case forms in two
4. Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, 'Tracing orthographic change in
corpora: A methodological approach to the study of English compound
spelling' (questions what can be considered a compound (cf. e.g. Bauer
1998), how to avoid circularity when extracting the material for the corpus
study from dictionaries and corpora.)
D. Internet idioms.
1. Jon Bakos, 'QQ More' (Techniques explored for online search of
particular network terms)
2. Daphné Kerremans and Susanne Stegmayr, 'Neologisms on the internet'
(The Discoverer identifies potential neologisms (cf. Evert 2010). The second
module, the Observer, performs weekly crawls for each of the neologisms
that are stored in the database.)
3. Ursula Kirsten, 'Development of SMS language from 2000 to 2010' (To
analyze the differences in the usage of SMS language during the last
V. Methodology in Corpus Studies
A. Corpus Studies
1. Eva Berlage, 'Different types of statistics in corpus-based models of
2. Garrison Bickerstaff, 'Flexibility and application of the bounded virtual
corpus' (Analysis of the recent careers of forms in British and American
English, such as whether a particular form is current in both American and
3. Terttu Nevalainen, 'Tools for comparing corpora' (Text Variation
4. Matthew O'Donnell, 'The adjusted frequency list' (index-based method of
constructing a frequency list proposed here)
B. Case Studies
1. Gregory Garretson, 'A new perspective on antonymy' (Data-driven,
computational, corpus-based methodology)
2. Stefan Diemer, 'Corpus linguistics with Google?' (Google 'Trends' and
'Insights for Search'.)
3. Michael Erlewine, 'Generative notions of consistency.' (the open-source
Stanford Parser (Klein, 2003), trained on the Penn Treebank (Marcus,
1993); Manual supervision)
4. Sandra Mollin, 'Towards idiolect linguistics: The methodology of
identifying idiolectal collocations' : collocation strength (a combination of
frequency, Mutual Information, and log-likelihood score) in each corpus )
1. Kevin Watson, Lynn Clark ,Warren Maguire
Mergers in English: perspectives from phonology, sociolinguistics and
2. Marianne Hundt and Devyani Sharma
English in the Indian Diaspora
- Dagmar Deuber, Glenda Leung and Véronique Lacoste. 'Indo-Trinidadian
speech: features and stereotypes.' (The analysis will focus on the
suprasegmental level (pitch, tone of voice, intonation), which seems to be
the main factor, but we will also consider possible differences at the
- Marianne Hundt. 'Zero articles in Indian Englishes: a comparison of
primary and secondary diasporasituations.' (The study will combine both
quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Jakob R. E. Leimgruber.'Singapore's Indian community: linguistic, social,
and sociolinguistic aspects.'
- Rajend Mesthrie. 'The making of a dialect dictionary 1: where does a New
English dictionary stop?'
- Claudia Rathore, 'East African Indians in Leicester, UK: phonological
variation across generations.'
- Devyani Sharma. 'Transnational ties, ideology, and dialect change.'
(Distinct sub-groups in this community show marked differences in
maintenance of transnational ties, and a quantitative analysis shows
cleardifferences in resulting dialect types.)
- Farhana Alam and Jane Stuart-Smith. 'Identity, ethnicity and fine phonetic
detail: an acoustic phonetic analysis of syllable-initial /t/ in Glaswegian
girls of Pakistani heritage.' (A spectral analysis of the stop bursts of /t/
reveal clear patterning according to social practices, but also gradience for
individuals within Communities of Practice. )
- Lena Zipp, 'Features of IndoFijian English across registers.'
3. Lars Hinrichs and Stefan Dollinger
Long-term research projects on local varieties of English: Aspects of
methodology and pedagogy
4. Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Anna Mauranen
Global English: contact-linguistic, typological, and second-language
5. Hubert Cuyckens and Martin Hilpert
How can new corpus-based techniques advance historical description and
6. John Payne and Eva Berlage
Genitive variation in English
7. Methods of Analyzing Spoken English
- Neal Norrick, 'Investigating Interjections in Narrative Contexts: A Hybrid
Corpus Approach' (a hybrid research approach, employing both large
corpora and small, both quantitative corpus studies and qualitative analysis
of individual examples)
- Gisle Andersen, 'Corpus-driven approaches to discourse markers in
spoken data' (Qualitative analysis of corpus data )
- Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, 'The participants' perspective in
interactional-linguistic work on the phonetics of talk-in-interaction'
(Interactional Linguistics: Qualitative analysis of corpus data )
- Bruce Fraser, Title pending
- Christoph Rühlemann, 'Introducing collogation analysis' (Collogation
analysis: Qualitative analysis of corpus data )
- Klaus P. Schneider, 'Just how useless are questionnaires for studying
spoken language? Triangulating elicited and natural corpus data'
(Variational Pragmatics: Analysis of questionnaire and corpus data )
- Ann Wennerstrom, 'Intonation and Gesture in Adult Language Acquisition'
(Qualitative analysis of audio-visual recordings)
- Anne Wichmann and Nicole Dehé, 'Corpus data and prosodic analysis'
(Qualitative prosodic analysis of corpus data )
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