International Society for the Linguistics of English -2 Conference June 17-21, 2011

Eugene Green eugreen at
Wed Aug 25 13:24:52 UTC 2010

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Eugene Green

The theme of the conference will be /Methods Past and Current/.

Recent studies in corpus linguistics, varieties and typologies, dialects 
and Standard English, as well as pragmatics prompt examination of 
methods found conducive to promising results. The choice of the 
conference’s theme stems from the widely shared view that methods of 
analysis involve at least the following related questions:

    * How do methods of investigation take into account the data under
    * In what ways do linguistic premises, perspectives, and models
      shape the methods to use?
    * Which methods and models, developed in such disciplines as
      anthropology, cultural and demographic history, economics,
      psychology, and textual editing enhance linguistic analysis?
      Do current methods depart in significant ways from those typical
      of research in the past.

More particular subthemes might include:

    * For studies in corpus linguistics, diverse methods for
      investigating and analyzing regional, social, and cultural
      patterns in dialects, varieties, and Standard English.
    * Under the topic typology, analyses of metrics from Old to Modern
      English, dialects and varieties, written and oral registers, and
      optimality theory as applied to sound change.
    *  From the perspective of reception, methodological designs for
      perceptual dialectology.
    * For the topic pragmatics, discussion of current methods that are
      used to determine and explain patterns and changes in the
      linguistic features of spoken and written English.

The theme and topics presented here outline but by no means exhaust the 
scope of proposals for talks, poster sessions, and workshops that the 
New England Committee invites for ISLE 2011. Although this outline of 
theme and topic is central to the Boston meeting, ISLE will accommodate, 
as much as possible, outstanding abstracts directed toward other issues. 
The conference in Boston aims to provide an ample forum for members’ 
presentations and exchanges, formal and informal, on a wide range of topics.

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