LINGUIST List 23.570

Fri Feb 03 2012

Confs: English, Phonology, Socioling/France

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Date: 01-Feb-2012
From: Anne Przewozny-Desriaux <>
Subject: Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change
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Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change Short Title: PAC 2012

Date: 29-Feb-2012 - 02-Mar-2012 Location: Toulouse, France Contact: Anne Przewozny-Desriaux Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Meeting Description:

PAC 2012The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and ChangeUniversity of Toulouse II-Le Mirail, 29 February - 2 March 2012Toulouse, France

On 29 February - 2 March 2012, the CLLE-ERSS research institute (CNRS and University of Toulouse II) will be organizing its first international conference on The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change.

Websites: (under construction)http://w3.erss.univ-tlse2.fr

Goals of the Conference:

The PAC project (Phonologie de l'Anglais Contemporain: Usages, Variétés et Structure - The Phonology of Contemporary English: Usage, Varieties and Structure) is coordinated by Jacques Durand (University of Toulouse II) and Philip Carr (University of Montpellier III). The main aims of the project can be summarized as follows: to give a better picture of spoken English in its unity and diversity (geographical, social and stylistic); to test phonological and phonetic models from a synchronic and diachronic point of view, making room for the systematic study of variation; to favour communication between specialists in speech and in phonological theory; to provide corpus-based data and analyses which will help improve the teaching of English as a foreign language.

To achieve these goals, the cornerstone of the PAC project is the creation of a corpus of oral English, coming from a wide variety of linguistic areas in the English-speaking world (such as Great Britain: Received Pronunciation, Lancashire, York, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, West Midlands: Birmingham, Black Country ; Republic of Ireland: Limerick, Cork ; Canada: Alberta, Ontario ; Australia: New South Wales ; New Zealand: Christchurch, Dunedin ; India: Delhi English, Mumbai ; USA: California, West Texas, Saint Louis, Boston, North Carolina). The protocol used is the same throughout and was inspired by the classical methodology of William Labov. Although significant corpora of oral English already exist, many of them have been conceived along exclusively sociolinguistic rather than explicitly phonological lines. In other cases, hardly any information is available on speakers beyond gender and regional affiliation. Furthermore, few corpora are based upon a single methodology permitting a fully comparative analysis of the data. The approach chosen by the PAC project is modeled on the French PFC project (La Phonologie du Français Contemporain, coord. M.-H. Côté (Ottawa University), J. Durand, B. Laks (Paris X) and C. Lyche (Oslo/Tromsø), This parent project has demonstrated how a corpus which was originally conceived for phonology can lend itself to many other types of linguistic exploitation: the lexicon, morpho-syntax, prosody, pragmatics, dialectology, sociolinguistics and interaction.

Invited Plenary Speakers:

Felicity Cox (Macquarie University, Australia)Ulrike Gut (University of Augsburg, Germany)Nicolas Ballier (University of Paris VII, France)

PAC 2012. The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change.

We are pleased to inform you that you may now register and will find all necessary information concerning the conference and your stay in Toulouse on the new PAC website at:

Just click on the link which is provided on our website, or go to the university's registration website at:

Should you need any further information, please let us know by sending an email to who are in charge of registration and organization.

With our best wishes,

Anne Przewozny-Desriaux and Steve Moore

Scientific Committee:

Maciej Baranowski, University of Manchester, EnglandJoan C. Beal, Sheffield UniversityRicardo Bermudez-Otero, University of Manchester, EnglandPhil Carr, EMMA, University of Montpellier III, FranceJacques Durand, CLLE-ERSS, University of Toulouse II, FranceColleen Fitzgerald, University of Texas Arlington, USAJean-Michel Fournier, University of Tours, FranceHeinz Giegerich, University of Edinburgh, ScotlandMichael T. Hammond, University of Arizona, USASophie Herment, University of Aix-Marseille I, FranceDaniel Hirst, University of Aix-Marseille I, FrancePatrick Honeybone, University of Edinburgh, ScotlandWyn Johnson, University of Essex, EnglandMariko Kondo, University of Waseda, JapanChristiane Migette, University of Paris XIII, FranceMonika Pukli, University of Strasbourg, FranceGabor Turcsan, University of Aix-Marseille I, FranceJørgen Staun, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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