Date: Sat, 24 Dec 1994 11:03:30 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Meetings If I had been interested in preparing a long reply to Dennis, I might have done a better job of responding point by point to his long messages. But I have not thought it appropriate to write in such a detailed way via email---perhaps I am old fashioned when I don't usually write more than a screenful or two. I would, however, like to make it clear that I have not argued that MLA is a better home for the ADS meeting than LSA. I have also not argued that "dialectology" should not be "linguistic". I have objected to the obviousness of arguments in favor of meeting with the LSA, but there are certainly arguments for doing so, and I appreciate their validity for some ADS members. Some members, not all. The lexicographers to whom I referred are people like Victoria Neufeldt, Mike Agnes, David Barnhart, and David Jost, who have come regularly to MLA and ADS; I'm sure that other lexicographers, like Tom Clark, may prefer to go elsewhere. Finally, "emotional" reasons are as good as any other if they cause members to attend or keep them from attending the annual meeting; they cannot just be dismissed, just as my admitted feeling of alienation from LSA (though I do read the odd variationist article or review in *Language*) is very real even if not reasonable by some other people's standards. I do not much like being set up as a straw man, though I suppose I asked for it. Perhaps Tom Clark is right that we should have another mail ballot. This time it could have three clear options spelled out: meet with LSA, meet with MLA, meet separately in the spring. The whole membership, however, has not been inclined to attend either MLA or LSA sessions for ADS. Of course it is not reasonable to consider people who have been to ADS at MLA as representative of those members who are likely to attend meetings (because LSA-inclined members may not come there). Still, at various meetings with ADS affiliation, including for example the Methods conference, there seems to be a core of people who most often appear. I believe that those people would still come to a separate meeting, and that others in ADS would have a better opportunity to attend a separate meeting than they would a meeting attached either to LSA or MLA. If ADS needs to lean on some other organization (whichever that one might be), that is too bad, and I don't believe that ADS needs to do that. That's about my limit of two screens, maybe more like three! Merry Christmas to all . . . . Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga