End of ADS-L Digest - 20 Dec 1994 to 21 Dec 1994 ************************************************ There are 6 messages totalling 294 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. your mail 2. wear o wear 3. 4. San Diego Residents in ADS? 5. LSA, NWAV, and all that 6. LSA, NWAV, MLA, etc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 22 Dec 1994 06:49:20 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: your mail In Message Wed, 21 Dec 1994 10:06:15 -0500, "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." writes: >The claim that ADS could attract younger members through LSA also seems >to me to be far less clear than is supposed. In the current LSA program >there is a sociolinguistics session on Sunday AM but little else that I >would go to the meeting for. One of Walt Wolfram's students is giving a >paper in that session, but neither he nor anybody else of the 8 other >speakers listed is currently a member of ADS. This to me argues that LSA >participation is foreign to ADS, and that the people there even in a >related field do not see ADS as interesting or important to their >careers. If there were a few ADS members in the group, I would be all in >favor of linking up with LSA to try to collect the rest---but I just >don't believe that having our meeting with LSA would create a sea-change >in the views of younger scholars. Just a minor correction, Bill. In the preliminary program, only the papers selected by the Program Committee of the LSA are published. Other concurrent meeting programs are included in the last program, which one gets upon registration. What you say also applies to the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics, which has been meeting with the LSA for the past five years and has greatly benefited from the association. Some of out more theoretically oriented papers attract attendants from the larger LSA membership. To complement Dennis (Preston), I came to ADS from theoretical linguistics. Some of the present membership may have come from the same background, especially among who are not quantitatively oriented. I think diversity in the kind of work published in AMERICAN SPEECH and the papers presented at ADS meetings will determine in part whether or not there will be new members from theoretical linguistics. Overall, scholars explore and join associations that have something to offer them. Several theoreticians look for associations that may offer them interesting new materials to work with. So the consideration to add to the long list from Dennis is where, between MLA and LSA, is there the kind of professional diversity that is likely to enrich ADS in membership and professional diversity. I bet the LSA comes first. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uchicago.edu 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861