Call for papers: American Dialect Society Annual Meeting 2010, Baltimore

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Fri Jan 16 16:25:59 UTC 2009

 From Thursday, January 7, 2010, through Saturday, January 9, the
American Dialect Society will hold its next annual meeting, hosted as
usual by the Linguistic Society of America, at the new Hilton
Baltimore, 401 West Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland.

Monday, August 10 is the deadline for proposals for 20-minute
presentations. All you need is a title and an abstract of 150 to 300
words. Send it via e-mail to Executive Secretary Allan Metcalf atamericandialect at

Presenters must be current members of the American Dialect Society.

Audio-visual equipment: Two items of equipment will be available for
all presentations: an LCD projector, and, new this year, a direct
audio connection to the speaker system so that sound files on
computers may be played. If you will need other equipment such as an
overhead projector, please say so when you send your proposal.

Scheduling: If you have a preference for day or time of your
presentation, please indicate that too. We cannot guarantee the time
you prefer, but the program committee will try to accommodate you. The
meeting will follow our customary schedule:

Thursday, January 7: Executive Council and annual business meeting in
the afternoon. Program session in late afternoon, followed by Words of
the Year nominations.

Friday, January 8: Programs sessions in morning and afternoon. Words
of the Year vote and Bring-Your-Own-Book reception in the early evening.

Saturday, January 9: Program sessions in morning and afternoon; Annual
Luncheon in between.

Proposals will be judged anonymously by a committee chaired by Luanne
von Schneidemesser, ADS president-elect. If your proposal is accepted,
you’ll be asked for an abstract of no more than 200 words for the LSA

Session chairs: If you’re interested in chairing a session, let the
Executive Secretary know at americandialect at Tell him any
preference you have for time or topic.

Special sessions: If you’re interested in proposing an entire session
rather than an individual paper, don’t wait till August, but send a
proposal now toamericandialect at You don’t need to wait till
you have a full formal proposal.

Teaching panel: The ADS Committee on Teaching may sponsor a panel at
the annual meeting. If you would like to propose a 20-minute talk for
that panel, send your proposal directly to the chair of the Committee
on Teaching, Anne Curzan, at acurzan at Her deadline is also
August 10.

Specially for students: Four travel grants of $500 each will be
awarded to students whose papers have been chosen for the program.
Furthermore, all students who are members of ADS, whether or not they
are presenting papers, are invited to attend the Annual Luncheon for

Hotel and registration: ADS members will be eligible to reserve rooms
and register for the meeting at LSA member rates. For details see the

Future LSA-ADS meetings: 2011 Pittsburgh, Jan. 6–9; 2012 Portland,
Jan. 5–8; 2013 place to be determined, Jan. 3–6; 2014 Minneapolis,
Jan. 2–5. All meetings will be at Hiltons.

Word of the Year: At this meeting, in addition to choosing Words of
the Year just past, that is, words of 2009, we will also have the
solemn responsibility of choosing a Word of the Decade 2000–2009. See
the ADS website for details:

Grant Barrett
Vice President of Communications and Technology
American Dialect Society
gbarrett at

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