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New Ways of Analyzing Variation in Canada

Message1: New Ways of Analyzing Variation
From:Naomi Nagy naomi.nagy at utoronto.ca
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Full Title: New Ways of Analyzing Variation 
Short Title: NWAV44 

Date: 22-Oct-2015 - 25-Oct-2015
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Contact Person: Naomi Nagy
Meeting Email: nwav44 at chass.utoronto.ca
Web Site: http://linguistics.utoronto.ca/nwav44/ 

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics 

Call Deadline: 01-Jun-2015

Meeting Description:

NWAV is a forum devoted to the presentation of sociolinguistic research in the Variationist Sociolinguistic tradition. Its objectives are to foster the study of language in social and historical context by showcasing the latest theoretical, methodological and technical developments in the quantitative analysis of language. 

This year's conference, jointly hosted by York University and the University of Toronto, has the theme 'Intersections.'Variationist Sociolinguistics lies at the crossroads of related subfields in Linguistics and our goal is to promote this interdisciplinary aspect to spark new ideas and techniques. In this spirit, the conference will include standard 20-minute presentations, plus invited plenary speakers, workshops in statistics, methodology and teaching, poster sessions and publishers' book displays, and a special series of sessions specifically designed to cultivate cross-pollination of different interrelated fields of research, 'Variation at the Crossroads: Advancing Theory and Integrating Methods.' 

Call for Papers:


We are pleased to announce our Call for Papers for New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV) 44 in Toronto: we invite submissions for papers and/or posters in all areas related to language variation. Abstracts should be submitted via the online abstract submission page, also accessible from the conference website.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words, excluding references, and must be anonymized to omit all information about the author(s). If references are cited in addition to the 500-word limit, publications from the author(s) should also be omitted in the reference section. Abstracts and presentations may be in either of Canada's official languages (English or French). All abstracts should be submitted as PDF files.

Authors may submit one singly-authored and one jointly-authored abstract, or two jointly-authored abstracts; the submission limit applies to all NWAV44 sessions, regardless of type (regular, Intersections or thematic). Abstracts will be anonymously reviewed. Abstracts will be considered for both oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations will be selected for four parallel sessions; presenters will have 20 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions. Poster presentations will be featured at a two-hour plenary poster session on Friday, October 23.

We are also accepting abstracts for contributions to the five Intersections sessions of the Variation at the Crossroads workshop. Authors should consult the description of each Intersections invited address on the Invited Speakers page and then indicate on the submission page which session, if any, they would like to have their abstract considered for. If the abstract is accepted, the committee will determine whether to incorporate it into a Variation at the Crossroads: Intersections session or assign it to one of the regular NWAV 44 sessions.

We are also accepting abstracts to be considered for three thematic sessions: Short vowels in varieties of English, Linguistic conservatism in heritage and diaspora varieties, and Le fran´┐Żais en Ontario. Please indicate on the submission page if you would like to have your abstract considered for one of these.

Abstracts flagged for consideration for one of the Intersections or thematic sessions will undergo regular review.


Abstract submissions accepted: May 1 to June 1, 2015
Acceptances/rejections sent: Early July 2015
Program available online: Early August 2015
Early online conference registration period: May 15 to August 15, 2015
Regular online conference registration period: August 15 to October 1, 2015
Conference start day (on-site registration): October 22, 2015

For further information on the conference, please check the official website, the NWAV44 Facebook site, and the Twitter account regularly.

For general inquiry, including hotel-room sharing and student crash-space, please check the official website for updated information and contacts. Questions about abstract submission should be directed to nwav44 at chass.utoronto.ca.

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