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Locating Language: A Symposium on the Linguistics of Place

Hosted by the
Department of Linguistics, The Ohio State University

April 20-21, 2013
Round Meeting Room, Ohio Union


Plenary Speakers:

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 18, 2012 (NOTE NEW DEADLINE). 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.

The Symposium is made possible through the generous support of a Targeted Investment in Excellence award to the Department of Linguistics from the College of Arts and Sciences.