LINGUIST List 8.688

Thu May 8 1997

Calls: MAVEN, Mid-America Ling

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  1. Hans Lindquist, MAVEN Second circular
  2. Thomas Stroik, Call for Papers: Mid-America Linguistic Conference

Message 1: MAVEN Second circular

Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 22:36:36 +0200
From: Hans Lindquist <>
Subject: MAVEN Second circular


The major varieties of English (MAVEN)

An international conference at Vaxjo University College, Sweden
20-22 November 1997

English is used by a constantly growing number of people all over the
world, and several varieties, different Englishes, have been
identified. However, only a limited number of regional varieties of
English serve as models for learners in other parts of the world. The
most important of these are usually considered to be the British,
American, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand varieties.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars who are
studying the development of these varieties, and in particular their
interrelationships. The question of how, and to what extent, British
and American English differ is an ever intriguing one for many
learners. How strong is the influence of American vocabulary, grammar
and pronunciation on British English? Is there also a current going
the other way? Where does Canadian English stand in relation to
British and American? And what about the influences from Britain and
America on the Englishes of Australia and New Zealand?

The answers to questions such as these have an obvious bearing on
language pedagogy as well as lexicography and language description in
general, but also on research areas like language change and

Papers are invited on all aspects of these major varieties of English
- pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, pragmatics. Proposals for papers
on other varieties than those mentioned may also be accepted on an
individual basis, depending on time available and other programme

Reports on empirical investigations (studies based on electronic
corpora, elicitation tests, text analysis, observation etc.) are
particularly welcome.

Keynote lecture: Jan Svartvik, Lund, Sweden
Plenary lectures (so far): Arthur Delbridge, Sydney, Australia
 Janet Holmes, Wellington, New Zealand
 Christian Mair, Freiburg, Germany
 Peter Trudgill, Lausanne, Switzerland

Program outline

Wednesday 21 November: international arrivals

Thursday 20 November

11.00-11.15	Welcome
11.15-12.15	Keynote address
12.15-14.00	Lunch
14.00-15.30	Section papers
15.30-16.00	Afternoon coffee/tea
16.00-17.30	Section papers

19.30		Reception

=46riday 21 November

09.15-10.15	Plenary 2
10.15-10.45	Morning coffee/tea
10.45-12.15	Section papers
12.15-14.00	Lunch
14.00-15.00	Plenary 3
15.00-15.30	Afternoon coffe/tea
15.30-17.00	Section papers

19.00		Pick-up for castle dinner

Saturday 22 November

09.15-10.15	Plenary 4
10.15-10.45	Morning coffee/tea
10.45-12.15	Section papers
12.15-14.00	Lunch
14.00-15.00	Section papers
15.00-15.30	Afternoon coffe/tea
15.30-16.30	Plenary 5
16.30-16.45	Closing of conference

18.30		Pick-up for glassworks

Sunday 23 November: Departure


>From most places abroad, the easiest way to reach Vaxjo is by air via
Copenhagen or Stockholm. There are also train connections from
Copenhagen, G=F6teborg and Stockholm. A longer version of this
circular containing more information on travel will be sent on

We plan to publish a volume of selected papers from the conference.

Social programme
There will be a conference dinner in the campus castle (must be seen
to be believed) and a herring party at (inside) a glassworks.

Participants are asked to make their own hotel arrangements. More
information on hotels will be sent on request.

Submission of papers

Send in your abstract (approximately 250 words in Word, WordPerfect,
RTF or ascii format) by 15 June, as an attachment to an e-mail message
to: In addition, include the abstract in
the body of the e-mail message. If you do not have access to e-mail,
send in four copies of the abstract on paper to: Staffan Klintborg,
Department of the Humanities, Vaxjo University College, SE-351 95
VAXJO, Sweden.

Conference fee
The conference fee includes lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
reception on Thursday evening, castle dinner on Friday evening,
smelting-house herring on Saturday evening as well as morning and
afternoon teas and coffees.

Reduced rate (before 1 June 1997): SEK 800 (approximately USD 105)
Normal rate after 1 June 1997): SEK 1000 (approximately USD 130)

The fee should be paid in Swedish currency by bank transfer to the
bank account of Vaxjo University College, 5439-10-315-07 in
Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, G=F6teborg, Sweden (SWIFT address:
ESSESESG) stating your name and the name of the conference
(MAVEN). Checks and cash will not be accepted, and neither will
payment in foreign currency.


Early registration at reduced rate
by 1 June 1997 (NB! prolonged)

Submission of abstracts
by 15 June 1997

Acceptance notification to authors
by 1 August 1997

Registration at normal rate
by 15 September 1997

For further information, contact
Also, check out our www site:

Organizing committee
Hans Lindquist,
Staffan Klintborg,
Magnus Levin, (conference secretary)

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MAVEN Vaxjo 20-22 November

Final registration form

Send in this form (by e-mail or ordinary mail) to: Magnus Levin,
Department of the Humanities, Vaxjo University College, SE-351 95
VAXJO, Sweden; e-mail: Please note the
deadlines for abstracts and for paying the conference fee.


Mailing address:


Please tick:
..I would like to present a paper.
..I will not present a paper.

Title of paper, if any:...............................................

..I will submit the abstract of my paper by 15 June, 1997.
..I will pay SEK 800 before 1 June 1997
..I will pay SEK 1,000 before 15 September 1997
..Please send me the longer version of the Second Circular, which
includes air and rail timetables for travel to Vaxjo as well as hotel

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Universitetslektor Hans Lindquist Hans Lindquist, Ph.D.
Engelska English Section
Institutionen f=F6r humaniora Department of the Humanitie=
H=F6gskolan i V=E4xj=F6 Vaxjo University Colleg=
351 95 V=C4XJ=D6 S-351 95 VAXJO, Sweden
Tel 0470-70 85 70 Phone +46 470 70 85 70
=46ax 0470-75 18 88 Fax +46 470 75 18 88
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Message 2: Call for Papers: Mid-America Linguistic Conference

Date: Thu, 8 May 1997 12:23:45 -0500 (CDT)
From: Thomas Stroik <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Mid-America Linguistic Conference

Call for Papers

October 24-25, 1997
University of Missouri-Columbia

Plenary Speaker: James McCawley

Proposals for papers in any area of linguistics will be considered for
the general session. Papers will also be considered for a special
session on the History of Linguistics.

Presentation time for papers will be limited to twenty minutes, with
ten minutes for discussion.

asked to submit three copies of an anonymous one-page abstract. Also
include a 3x5 card with paper title, author(s), affliation(s),
address, phone number, and e-mail address.

E-mail submissions will not be accepted. Faxed submissions must be
followed immediately by mailed abstracts. Please send abstracts to
the address given below.

Tom Stroik, Dept of English, 107 Tate Hall, University of
Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO, 65211.
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