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Tue Apr 16 2002

Confs: Methods in Dialectology, Joensuu, Finland

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  • Eppu, Methods XI Third Circular

    Message 1: Methods XI Third Circular

    Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2002 15:53:35 +0300
    From: Eppu <>
    Subject: Methods XI Third Circular

    METHODS XI: Eleventh International Conference on Methods in Dialectology

    5-9 August 2002, University of Joensuu, Finland


    Abstracts and papers

    Our call for papers was met with great enthusiasm in all parts of the world, and the participants can now look forward to an exciting programme consisting of well over 200 papers, workshop presentations or posters. The abstracts for all of these are available on the conference website, and the presenters have been notified of acceptance by e-mail.

    Plenary speakers

    The invited speakers are Peter Auer (Freiburg), Jenny Cheshire (London), Ruth King (York, Toronto), Tapani Lehtinen (Helsinki) and Dennis Preston (Michigan). See the conference website for abstracts of their papers.


    The provisional programme is displayed on the conference website. It will be revised whenever the need arises. Please note the early start of the workshops on Recording and Analyzing of Linguistic Data on SUNDAY, 4 AUGUST, AT 14.00 HRS. These workshops consist of eight 1,5-hour sessions, with five of them running parallel with the other conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday. They are open to all delegates and, by special arrangement, to Finnish postgraduate students working under the auspices of LANGNET, The Finnish Postgraduate School for Language Studies. The Organising Committee of Methods XI acknowledge the financial assistance received from LANGNET.

    Workshops and poster sessions

    The programme includes as many as 9 workshops (including 1 panel discussion and 1 special session) and 13 posters, all of which are displayed on the conference website. Presenters of posters have been provided with practical guidelines, which should be carefully observed because of rigid space limitations.

    Conference venue

    The conference will be held on the main campus of the University of Joensuu, which is within an easy walking distance from all of the hotels. A campus map is available on the University of Joensuu website. All events will take place in the Carelia Hall Building ('Y1' on the campus map) and the Agora Building ('Y2' on the map).

    For further information, visit the following websites: University of Joensuu City of Joensuu

    Travel information

    Joensuu can be easily reached by air via Helsinki (flight-time about 1 hour), and there are several trains per day from Helsinki, Tampere and Turku. Please note that the flights on Sunday 4 August and 11 August may be heavily booked, so early booking is highly recommended. For those travelling by car or coach, the roads from Helsinki or the other major ports offer a beautiful journey through some of the best parts of the Finnish Lakelands (the average driving time from Helsinki is 56 hours).

    Further information can be obtained from the following websites: Finnair VR (State Railways) Bus Services Finnish Tourist Board

    Registration and accommodation

    The registration form is available on the conference website (, and can by request be sent to those who have no easy access to the Internet. Please note the deadline of 31 MAY for the early booking discount.

    Conference dinner

    The conference dinner will take place at the Riverside Restaurant of the Hotel Kimmel on Thursday evening, 8 August. For booking, see the Registration form.


    There will be a reception hosted jointly by the City of Joensuu and the University of Joensuu on Monday evening, 5 August, at the City's Art Museum.


    A. Conference excursion

    The conference programme will include an excursion to the Koli National Park, which is situated some 75 kilometres north of Joensuu. Renowned for its nature and "national landscape", with magnificent views over Lake Pielinen, it has provided a source of inspiration for some of the best-known Finnish artists and composers, including Pekka Halonen, Eero Jaernefelt, and Jean Sibelius. This excursion will take place on Wednesday afternoon, 7 August, setting off at 13.00, and is free of charge for those who have paid the conference fee.

    B. Post-conference tours

    After the conference, on Saturday 10 August, the delegates will have an opportunity to take part in two alternative post-conference tours, each lasting for one day:

    (i) Excursion to the Old Valamo Monastery and Sortavala, Russia

    This one-day excursion has as its destination the Russian Orthodox monastery of Valamo in the northern part of Lake Ladoga. It will be done by chartered coach and by ferry, and it will include a sight-seeing tour of the formerly Finnish town of Sortavala in Russian Karelia. The fee of 140 Euro will cover full board and the services of professional guides during the trip. Participants are reminded that, since Valamo is in Russia, they will need valid PASSPORTS and VISAS. It should be noted that, under the current regulations concerning travel into the Russian Federation, each delegate and accompanying person(s) should acquire the required documents well in advance in their country of residence, i.e. BEFORE coming to Finland.

    When signing up for this excursion, please provide us with the following personal details in exactly the same form as they appear in your passport: -full first and second names; -date of birth; -passport number; -citizenship.

    In addition, we will need your FAX number. After receiving the required information, we will send you a confirmation of your booking and a VOUCHER by fax. Armed with these documents, you should then turn to your local travel agent who will help you to submit your application for the visa.

    (ii) Excursion to the Ruunaa Rapids, Lieksa

    This excursion is also a one-day trip to the Ruunaa Rapids, which are situated some 150 kilometres north-east of Joensuu in a largely uninhabited border area. The unspoilt nature of this area has made it a popular venue for shooting the rapids. The participants will travel in specially-designed wooden motor- boats, each carrying some 15 persons. Professional drivers and guides will guarantee an exciting, but entirely safe, passage through six wild streams and interconnecting waterways, the total length of which is 23 kilometres (c. 14 miles). The boat trip will include a substantial traditional-style meal, enjoyed in the wilds by the fireside. NO passports, visas or any other documents are needed for this tour. The price of this tour is 85 Euro. For signing up, see the Registration form on the conference website.

    We look forward to seeing you in Joensuu in August 2002.

    Organising Committee Conference website: Fax: +358-13-251 4211 E-mail:

    Postal address:

    Methods XI Organising Committee Department of English University of Joensuu P.O. Box 111 FIN-80101 Joensuu Finland

    Mr. Esa Penttilae Conference administrator Methods XI Organizing Committee Department of English university of Joensuu P.O. Box 111 FIN-80101 Joensuu Finland Fax: +358-13-251 4211 email: website:

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