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Nominations for 2012 Word of the Year posted

January 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off § permalink

Nominations for the 2012 word of the year have been posted. The final vote will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, January 4th, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, Grand Ballroom Salons B/C/D. More information about the vote.

UPDATED: Schedule of the 2013 American Dialect Society Annual Meeting in Boston

January 3rd, 2013 § Comments Off § permalink

From Thursday, January 3, 2013, through Saturday, January 5, ADS will hold its next annual meeting at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, hosted as usual by the Linguistic Society of America.

The abstracts for the papers to be presented are here.

HOTEL: This year it will be the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Go to the LSA website,, for special LSA rates, available also to ADS members.

REGISTRATION: As guests of the Linguistic Society, we must register with them. Thankfully, ADS members may register at the LSA members’ rate. Go to Click on “Register for Meeting.” If you are not an LSA member, you will have an opportunity to enter a coupon code. Nonstudent registrants should enter SSREGULAR as their coupon code, and students should enter SSSTUDENT as theirs. Discounts will be applied that bring registrations down to the member rate.

ADS registration: Additional and entirely optional, but those who attend ADS sessions are encouraged to register with the ADS Executive Secretary for $20, students $10. This helps defray the cost of our BYOB reception and earns you a distinctive decoration for your LSA badge.

LUNCHEON: At 12:15 p.m. Saturday, January 5. Speaker: ADS President Luanne von Schneidemesser, Dictionary of American Regional English. Topic: “Bubblers, Schnibbles, Lawyers, and Cheeseheads: Linguistic Outreach. The Wisconsin Idea.”
Menu: Traditional New England lobster roll, kettle chips and cole slaw; greens salad with gingered beets, goat cheese, pumpernickel croutons and apple cider dressing; apple tart; rolls and butter, coffee or tea.

Cost is $40. Students who are members of ADS may attend free. Reservations may be made in advance with ADS Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf at

WOTY: The nominating meeting for Words of the Year 2012 is at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, and the final vote at 5:30 p.m. Friday (see schedule below). All members and friends are invited to participate.

Name of the Year: At the start of our WOTY session on Friday, we will also host the American Name Society’s announcement of its vote on Name of the Year 2012.

BYOB Reception: After the Friday voting on Words of the Year, you’re invited to our annual Bring-Your-Own-Book reception from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. Bring your new book or books; we’ll have tables along the walls where you can display them.

Future LSA-ADS meetings: Hilton Minneapolis, Jan. 2-5, 2014; Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Jan. 8-11, 2015; Washington (D.C.) Marriott Marquis, Jan. 7-10, 2016.

Program Committee: Jesse Sheidlower, Oxford U Press, chair.

Thursday, January 3

Executive Council
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Provincetown Room
Open meeting; all members welcome. Presiding: ADS President Luanne von Schneidemesser, DARE.

Annual Business Meeting
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Provincetown Room

Most of the business of the Society is conducted at the preceding Executive Council meeting, to which all members are invited (see above). But it is this Business Meeting that elects new ADS officers.

Nominating Committee report: The committee (William A. Kretzschmar, Jr., chair; Connie Eble, Sali Tagliamonte) proposes:

Vice President and program chair for two-year term 2013-14, succeeding to the presidency 2015-16: Robert Bayley, University of California Davis.

Member of the Executive Council for the four-year term 2013-16: Alexandra D’Arcy, University of Victoria.

Member at large of the Nominating Committee for the two-year term 2013-14: David Bowie, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Additional nominations may be made by a petition signed by at least ten members in good standing, to be received by the Executive Secretary no later than December 17.

Those elected take office after the conclusion of the 2013 Annual Meeting.

ADS Session 1
4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Anne Curzan, U of Michigan

4:30 Jeffrey Reaser (North Carolina State University). “Using professional development webinars to increase teachers’ linguistic knowledge.”

5:00 Anastasia Nylund (Georgetown University). “Perceptual dialectology across social and geographic borders: Language awareness among residents of Washington, DC.”

5:30 Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (The Ohio State University) and Amber Torelli (The Ohio State University). “‘Bitch, I’m from Cleveland, you have the accent': Tracking enregisterment on Twitter.”

Words of the Year Nominations
6:15 – 7:15 p.m. Provincetown Room
Chair: Ben Zimmer, Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus.

Open meeting of the New Words committee; ADS members and friends welcome. This meeting reviews nominations for Words of the Year 2012. Final candidates will be identified in preparation for the vote at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Sister Society Meet-and-Greet Reception
8:30 – 10:00 p.m. Grand Ballrom Salon D
Cash bar; hosted by SSILA.

Friday, January 4

ADS Session 2
8:30-10:30 a.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: David Bowie, U of Alaska Anchorage

8:30 Nicole Rosen (University of Lethbridge). “Latter-day Saints as a linguistic enclave in southern Alberta.”

9:00 Grant Eckstein (University of California, Davis) and Dan Villarreal (University of California, Davis). “LDS scripture-speech: Religious practice and sociophonetic variation.”

9:30 Charles Boberg (McGill University). “Continental divide: The U.S.-Canada border in North American English.”

10:00 Robert J. Podesva, Jeremy Calder, Hsin-Chang Chen, Annette D’Onofrio, Isla Flores Bayer, Seung Kyung Kim, and Janneke Van Hofwegen (all of Stanford University). “The status of the California Vowel Shift in a non-coastal, non-urban community.”

ADS Session 3
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Lauren Hall-Lew, U of Edinburgh

11:00 Aaron Dinkin (Swarthmore College). “Changing roles of regional boundaries and isoglosses.”

11:30 Maeve Eberhardt (University of Vermont). “Intraspeaker variation, stancetaking, and post-vocalic /r/ on ‘Say Yes to the Dress.'”

12:00 Ann Marie Olivo (Rice University) and Chris Koops (University of New Mexico). “Lowering of upgliding vowels in New York City English.”

ADS Session 4
1:30-3:30 p.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Kate Remlinger, Grand Valley State U

1:30 Jennifer Renn (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Catherine Darrow (Abt Associates), and David Dickinson (Vanderbilt University). “An Analysis of Language Use by African American Preschool Teachers.”

2:00 Mary Kohn (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Charlie Farrington (University of Oregon). “‘Girls say I sound country': Correlating African American metalinguistic awareness with vowel production.”

2:30 Kirk Hazen (West Virginia University). “Finding the forest among the trees: Multiple variables for multiple speakers.”

3:00 Jack Grieve (Aston University) and Costanza Asnaghi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore). “A lexical dialect survey of American English using site-restricted web searches.”

ADS Session 5
3:45-5:15 p.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Steve Kleinedler, American Heritage Dictionary

3:45 William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia and University of Oulu), Ilkka Juuso (University of Oulu), and C. Thomas Bailey (University of Georgia). “Computer simulation of dialect feature diffusion.”

4:15 Carolyn McCaskill, Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley, and Joseph Hill. “The intersection of African American English and Black American Sign Language.”

4:45 Joan Hall and Luanne von Schneidemesser (DARE). “Ongoing work on the Dictionary of American Regional English.”

Words of the Year Vote
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom Salons B/C/D

Words in half a dozen categories as well as a Word (or Phrase) of the Year 2012 will be chosen from the slate of nominees determined at Thursday evening’s meeting. Before each vote, brief statements will be invited from advocates for or against the candidates.

The hour will begin with the American Name Society’s vote on its choice of Name of the Year. All ADS members, ANS members, and friends are welcome to participate.

Bring-Your-Own-Book Exhibit and Reception
6:45-7:45 p.m., Provincetown Room

Bring your new books; we’ll have tables where you can display them.

Saturday, January 5

Special Session: Digital DARE
7:30–8:20 a.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Joan H. Hall, DARE.
Presenter: Emily Arkin, Harvard University Press.
Arkin, Editor for Digital Publication Development at Harvard University Press, will offer a look at the future digital DARE and solicit feedback on its potential features and functionality.

ADS Session 6
8:30-10:00 a.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: Allison Burkette, U of Mississippi

8:30 Yuri Yerastov (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania). “Transitive be perfect in North America: A comparative corpus study.”

9:00 David Durian (College of DuPage). “On the inception and development of the Canadian Shift in the Midland: Some real and apparent time observations.”

9:30 Katie Carmichael (The Ohio State University). “R-lessness in Greate(r) New O(r)leans.”

ADS Session 7
10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, Provincetown Room
Chair: Yuri Yerastov, Kutztown U of Pennsylvania

10:30 Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University), Hayley Heaton (University of Michigan), and Amanda Eads (North Carolina State University). “Lebanese English in the American South: Dialect accommodation and the recession of substrate.”

11:00 Cara Shousterman (New York University). “Speaking English in Spanish Harlem: Dialect change in Puerto Rican English.”

11:30 Philip M. Carter (Florida International University). “Sociolinguistic and social psychological motivation for loss: Mapping the perception of Spanish and English among Miami Latinos.”

ADS Annual Luncheon
12:15-1:45 p.m., St. Botolph Room

Speaker: ADS President Luanne von Schneidemesser, Dictionary of American Regional English. Topic: “Bubblers, Schnibbles, Lawyers, and Cheeseheads: Linguistic Outreach. The Wisconsin Idea.”

Menu: Traditional New England lobster roll, kettle chips and cole slaw; greens salad with gingered beets, goat cheese, pumpernickel croutons and apple cider dressing; apple tart; rolls and butter, coffee or tea.

Cost is $40. Students who are members of ADS may attend free. Reservations may be made in advance with ADS Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf,

ADS Session 8
2:00-4:00 p.m., Provincetown Room
Chair: tba

2:00 David Bowie (University of Alaska Anchorage), Jessa Joehnk (Middlebury College), and Peter Kudenov (University of Alaska Anchorage). “Regional dialect diversity in south-central Alaska.”

2:30 Jon Bakos (Oklahoma State University). “Bringing the thunder: A first look at the vowel system of Oklahoma.”

3:00 Patricia Cukor-Avila (University of North Texas), Lisa Jeon (University of North Texas), and Patricia C. Rector (University of North Texas). “‘Texas twang’ and ‘Southern drawl': How Texans perceive regional variation from the Panhandle to the Rio Grande Valley.”

3:30 Stefan Dollinger (University of British Columbia Vancouver). “Taking on take up: The 49th parallel as a persisting linguistic isogloss.”


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