Vera Gribanova and I will be co-organizing a Fieldwork Lab, which will provide an informal space where people interested in undertaking fieldwork, across the subareas of linguistics, can learn from others who might already have some experience in the field. The group will meet a few times a quarter, beginning on Friday 9/30 at 3:00 pm in the Greenberg Room (460-126). Dates for future meetings will be announced on the Sesquipedalian and via an email list. At this first organizational meeting, Vera and I will get your feedback on which topics you would like to address (e.g. entering a community, how to elicit data, recording equipment, data storage) and what types of activities you would like to participate in (e.g. informal discussion about common problems and challenges, presentations of fieldwork-based research, discussions of readings, demonstrations). Participants, including those who have recently returned from working on the Voiced of California project in Redding, will also share their summer fieldwork stories. See you at the meeting!
New Ways of Analyzing Variation returns to its birthplace – Georgetown University. This special anniversary conference, hosted by the Georgetown University Linguistics Department, will take place 27-30 October 2011.
All sociolinguists are interested in language variation. Some of us are counting and some of us are not, but all of us count. NWAV 40 aims to celebrate the quantitative, qualitative and eclectic approaches to the study of language variation and change that have given us so much insight over the decades, and to encourage further research from a wide range of perspectives, thereby further deepening our understanding of how language reflects and shapes personal identities, interpersonal interactions, group memberships, and social orders.