From: Phillip Tipton <P.Tiptonsalford.ac.uk>
Subject: Northern Englishes and (Socio)linguistic Theory
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Northern Englishes and (Socio)linguistic Theory
Date: 27-Mar-2008 - 28-Mar-2008
Location: Salford, United Kingdom
Contact: Phillip Tipton
Contact Email: P.Tiptonsalford.ac.uk
Meeting URL: http://www.esri.salford.ac.uk/esri/p/?s=4&pid=65
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology;
Increasing attention has been paid over recent years to the interface between
variationist sociolinguistics and linguistic theory. Insights from each
discipline are being used profitably to enhance analyses of linguistic
phenomena. Linguistic theory is benefiting from the vast quantities of
real-life data contained within sociolinguistic corpora and much sociolinguistic
analysis is now able, through the tools of linguistic theory, to go beyond
correlative analyses which were its mainstay for much of its history as a
sub-discipline of linguistics. This session aims to engender further discussion
about the relationship between variationist sociolinguistics and linguistic
theory within the framework of Northern Englishes (those varieties spoken in the
north of England, Scotland and Ireland). These varieties are often considered -
at least in sociocultural terms - to be non-standard, thereby offering the
(socio)linguist an object of study which has the potential to be of use to
The 3rd Northern Englishes Workshop is pleased to hold a special session
entitled ''Northern Englishes and (Socio)linguistic Theory'' which aims to bring
together both interested postgraduates and faculty as a means of sharing ideas
and best practice for future research in Northern Englishes. The session will
consist of 4 presentations by experts in their field and these are intended to
stimulate ideas and discussion for the plenary feedback session on 28th March.
The programme for the special session is as follows:
Do we still need dialectology? (Professor Joan Beal, University of Sheffield)
Theoretical approaches to syntactic variation in the speech community (Dr Graeme
Trousdale, University of Edinburgh)
Why Language Variation and Change needs phonological theory (Dr Patrick
Honeybone, University of Edinburgh)
Sociophonetics: more than the sum of its parts? (Dr Kevin Watson, Lancaster
Admittance to the session in included with the normal registration for the 3rd
Northern Englishes workshop. The form may be found at the above link. The
registration deadline is Wednesday 19th March 2008.
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