CFP: VIEW 2000 (variation in the British Isles)

Peter L Patrick patrickp at ESSEX.AC.UK
Thu Feb 17 18:35:07 UTC 2000


VIEW  2000: Variation Is EveryWhere

14-16 September, 2000
University of Essex
Colchester, England


VIEW is newly organized to provide a regular forum in the British Isles
for scholars concerned with language variation. The regional emphasis
is on the British Isles -- either because scholars are part of the
British variationist community, or because their work concerns
variation in the British Isles. (Not restricted to varieties of

VIEW 2000 is the second in a series of meetings organized to strengthen
this research community. (It is the follow-up to the First UK Language
Variation Workshop, held April 1997 in Reading.) There is a VIEW
Standing Committee whose members will participate in the conference,
review abstracts, and meet during the conference to plan future events.

VIEW Standing Committee:
Enam Al-Wer (Essex), David Britain (Essex), Deborah Cameron (London),
Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary Westfield), Karen Corrigan (Newcastle),
Aidan Coveney (Exeter), Gerry Docherty (Newcastle), Paul Foulkes
(Leeds/York), Paul Kerswill (Reading), Ronald Macaulay (Pitzer), Lesley
Milroy (Michigan), Peter Patrick (Essex), Jane Stuart-Smith (Glasgow),
Sali Tagliamonte (York), Peter Trudgill (Fribourg), Dominic Watt
(Leeds/York), and Ann Williams (Reading).

VIEW 2000 Organizing Committee:
Enam Al-Wer, David Britain, Peter Patrick (chair).


VIEW 2000 will be a small- to medium-sized conference with no parallel
sessions. Our hope is to give presenters enough time to talk freely,
and other participants enough space to interact with them, so that the
conference will not merely display the state-of-the-art, but advance
it. VIEW is open to post-graduate students presenting their own or
collaborative research as well as to established scholars, and
encourages submission of preliminary results or work in progress, esp.
as posters.
        We invite colleagues to submit papers on any aspect of
language variation, including but not limited to contemporary social
dialectology (rural or urban areas), quantitative variationist
sociolinguistics, geolinguistics, variation in discourse,
sociophonetics, dialect contact, creolistics, historical variation and
linguistic change, theoretical models of variation and change,
instrumental phonetic research, grammatic(al)ization, perceptual
dialectology, and sociolinguistic studies of language and social class,
status, sex, gender, age, ethnicity and other social factors.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION                     Submission deadline: 30 April 2000.

Colleagues wishing to present a paper/poster should send ONE
camera-ready copy of their abstract (150-250 words, no more than 1 side
of A4, 12-point type), indicating the title of the paper/poster,
author's full name, name and address of institution, and email; and
THREE copies of their abstract with no identifying information. Mail
        Prof. Peter L. Patrick, VIEW Organizing Committee
        Dept. of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex
        Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, U.K.
[No faxed abstracts, please.]

IN ADDITION, send an identical e-mail version of abstract and author
info to:        patrickp at
with "VIEW 2000 abstract submission" in the "Subject:" line.
This email abstract should be sent in plain text, not as an attachment
of any kind, from the email address at which you wish to receive
acknowledgement of receipt.

Finally, in addition to the abstract text and author info, please list
up to 5 key-words or phrases representing significant themes or
elements your submission addresses. This will help us create
thematically coherent sessions and conference.


Because of constraints on the number of presentations and the need for
discussion time to exchange ideas, we anticipate that not all the
high-quality papers submitted will be accepted. Abstracts will be
reviewed and rated by the Standing Committee. The Organizing Committee
will then select appropriate papers from among the well-rated
abstracts, attempting to organize sessions around prominent themes and
strands of research.
        We hope all those submitting will make every effort to attend
and participate in discussions. We plan to provide time and space for
poster display as well, and will all encourage submissions not accepted
for talks to be displayed in poster sessions, as the authors find
appropriate. These will be eligible to be considered for publication
(see below).

FURTHER INFORMATION is forthcoming on all of the following:

The draft timetable includes morning registration on Thursday 14
September with a possible workshop 10 to 12 noon; papers and discussion
between 1.30 to 6pm Thurs, 9.00am and 6.00pm Friday, and 9.00am and
1.00pm Saturday. Accommodation and meals will be available on campus.
Costs to follow. Registration forms will be made available in the near
future. Selected papers will be published in the Essex Research Reports
series of working papers; papers derived from all conference talks and
posters will be eligible. A website will be mounted with conference
information. For a link to it, please consult the following site in the
near future:

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Prof. Peter L. Patrick
Dept. of Language & Linguistics
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Tel: (from within UK) 01206.87.2088
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