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Call for Papers: Language Variation and Change in the United States

March 19th, 2007 Comments Off on Call for Papers: Language Variation and Change in the United States

The American Dialect Society, Midwest Region with the Midwest Modern Language Association, 8-11 November, 2007, the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Cleveland, Ohio

We welcome papers dealing with varieties of English and other languages spoken in the United States. Presentations may be based in traditional dialectology or in other areas of language variation and change, including sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, folk linguistics, language and gender/sexuality, language attitudes and ideologies, pragmatics and politeness, linguistics in the schools, critical discourse analysis, or narratology.

April 1, 2007 is the deadline for abstracts. See below for abstract specifications.

Send abstracts to: Susan M. Burt, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), American Dialect Society, Midwest Secretary Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, 1-309-438-7840.

Abstract specifications: Email submissions only; send abstract as an attachment in Word. Abstract should be no more than 250 words, excluding title and references. Include word count at the end of the abstract and omit any identifying information (name, affiliation, etc). Include contact information, affiliation, and abstract title in the body of your email.

Membership to ADS is recommended. Membership is $50 and includes a year’s subscription to the society’s journal, American Speech, and a copy of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (PADS, an annual hardbound supplement). Membership information is available.

Membership to MMLA is required. Membership is $35 for full and associate professors, $30 for assistant professors and schoolteachers, $20 for adjunct and part-time faculty, and $15 for students, retired, and unemployed. Information on membership is available at the website below or by writing to MMLA, 302 English-Philosophy Bldg, U of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1408, tel: 1-319-335-0331.

For more information about ADS at MMLA, see the MMLA website, go to “Call for Papers,” scroll down to “Associated Organizations,” then to “American Dialect Society.”

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