Date: Wed, 21 Dec 1994 18:51:47 -0500 From: "Peter L. Patrick" Subject: Re: Where o where? I would like to throw in my 2 cents with the suggestion by Allan Metcalf that ADS reconsider meeting with NWAV. More than either MLA (which I have never attended, and have no plans to attend) or the LSA (which I have attended a half dozen times, but lately return to mostly because the Society for Pidgin & Creole Lx meets concurrently), NWAV-- without or without the "-E"-- is a fixture on my calendar and most of the ADSers that I have come to know personally. It has a configuration of interests that seems congenial to ADS: not only dialect research and social variation in general, but the aforementioned Ps and Cs & AAVE, Southern speech, language contact and change, phonetics of vowel shifts, style and register, and linguistic attitudes, as well as the ever-expanding area of discourse analysis. It isn't entirely the fault of linguists in other areas if we don't make LSA or 'Language' our home too-- if we want to belong we shouldn't keep writing those venues off-- but it does seem there's not enough mutual interest lately to make LSA an ideal choice (though I can't personally see much reason for going with MLA at all). But if we want a medium-sized conference with a congenial crowd, and one with a strong contingent of open-minded activist younger linguists and grad students, why not NWAVE? It also has the advantages of being early in the year (late October) before all travel money is spent, and of being relatively cheap (expensive hotel rooms are not the only choice for people who want to be part of the action). Philosophically, the mixture of strong empirical values for language as it is used by social beings, and the openness to theoretical approaches that has characterized recent NWAVEs might be invigorating without being too threatening. Can we reconsider? --peter patrick