Barbara Johnstone, Carnegie Mellon University
Galey Modan, The Ohio State University
Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh
A speaker's hometown, birthplace, neighborhood, region, or country
may be key, if not primary, factors in their self-identity, often in
interaction with other social factors such as gender, ethnicity, or
political affiliation. While region or geography is sometimes taken for
granted in linguistic work, recent research has highlighted the
complexity of the ways in which speakers use language to orient towards
place, demonstrating that linguistic practice does not merely reflect
place, but also constructs it.
Locating Language: A Symposium on the Linguistics of Place invites
dialogue about the relationship between language, place, and identity
from both well-established researchers and new voices. Papers in all
subfields of linguistics and related fields are welcome, including
sociolinguistic variation, linguistic anthropology, discourse analysis,
language contact, and sociophonetics. The format of the symposium will
mix traditional presentations with extended question/discussion periods.
Abstracts should be one page, excluding references, and be submitted
in PDF format by November 9, 2012. PDFs should not contain the author's
name, institution, or other identifying information. Notifications of
acceptance will be sent out in early January.
Abstracts should be submitted via the Easy Abs online system: http://linguistlist.org/confcustom/Locating2013.
If you have questions about the Symposium, please contact the Symposium Committee at springsym AT ling DOT osu DOT edu.