LINGUIST List 24.1146

Thu Mar 07 2013

Confs: Sociolinguistics/UK

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <>

Date: 06-Mar-2013
From: Emma Moore <>
Subject: A Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region
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A Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region

Date: 06-Apr-2013 - 06-Apr-2013 Location: Sheffield, United Kingdom Contact: Emma Moore Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

Place has always been central to studies of language variation and change. Since the eighteenth century, dialectologists have been mapping language features according to boundaries - both physical (rivers, hills) and institutional (districts and regions). In the twentieth-century, variationist sociolinguists developed techniques to correlate language use with speakers’ orientations to place (using social network and community of practice approaches to data collection). More recently, perceptual dialectologists are examining the cognitive and ideological processes involved in language-place correlations and working on ways to understand how speakers mentally process space.

This one-day event will celebrate the work of Professor Joan Beal and will bring together academics working across the field of language variation and change to explore twenty-first century approaches to place. It will offer a forum in which to share approaches, findings and theoretical insights.

The day will be structured around four keynote papers. These talks will reflect on the function of place in historical linguistics, dialectology, and variationist sociolinguistics. We are delighted to announce that are speakers will be:

Professor Karen Corrigan, Newcastle University
Professor Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Carmen Llamas, University of York
Professor Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto

In addition to these keynotes, there will be a poster session open to all.



Professor Sali Tagliamonte: ‘Changing Places: Tracking innovation and obsolescence across generations’

Tea/coffee break

Professor Karen Corrigan: ‘Describing Places: Corpora for regional and social analysis’

Lunch and poster session

Dr. Carmen Llamas: ‘Identifying places: Borders, boundaries and hinterlands’

Tea/coffee break

Professor Barbara Johnstone: ‘Enregistering Places: Characterological figures in dialect enregisterment’

Wine reception


Registration is now open here:

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