Annual Meeting 1998 * New York City, Jan. 8 - 10

Final Call for Papers: August 15

Next year ADS will again meet with the Linguistic Society of America, this

time in New York City, Thursday through Saturday, January 8-10. We'll be

housed in the completely remodeled Grand Hyatt Hotel near Grand Central

Station. Rooms will be $89 single, $10 for each extra person. Call (800)

233-1234 or (212) 883-1234 for reservations - and mention LSA.

August 15 is the deadline for proposals. You are encouraged to make a

proposal even if you do not have a paper fully developed. With your proposal,

please specify whether you want your paper considered for the special session

(below) and whether you will need audio-visual equipment.

Format: Our abstracts will be printed in the LSA program, so we ask that you

follow LSA guidelines: Use 10 point Times Roman or equivalent, single spaced,

in black ink, within a rectangle 3 inches high and 7.5 inches wide. Outside

this rectangle, write the title and your name, affiliation, and address; and

specify any audio-visual equipment you will need. Send the abstract to

Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf. If convenient, please also send your

abstract by e-mail to AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE], for publication in our own newsletter.

But this e-version is not required.

Annual Luncheon: William Labov, Univ. of Pennsylvania, will speak on the

relationship between dialect geography and sociolinguistics.

Words of the Year: It's not too early to start sending your nominations for

the words of 1997 to New Words Committee Chair Wayne Glowka, Dept. of English

and Speech, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville GA 31061,

wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]; or to David Barnhart, PO Box 247, Cold Spring

NY 10516, e-mail Barnhart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] As usual, nominations will be

winnowed and winners voted on during the Annual Meeting. Is 1997 a slow year

for new and distinctive vocabulary, or are we just not noticing?

Special session: Reconfiguring Regional Dialects in the 21st Century

Papers are particularly welcome on 1) the (potentially) endangered dialect

isolate, i.e., enclaves such as the North Carolina Outer Banks and (perhaps?)

the Minnesota Iron Range; 2) the effects on regional dialects of transplant

dialects in rapidly growing areas such as the North Carolina Research

Triangle; 3) new ethnic dialects such as Vietnamese (reconfigured like

Hispanic English, etc.); 4) shifts and meltings at major dialect boundaries;

5) the possible effect of the growing African-American middle class on AAVE.