New Ways of Analyzing Variation 46

The University of Wisonsin-Madison and the city of Madison, WI, situated on an isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, are host to the 46th NWAV conference on November 2nd to November 5th, 2017.

Wisconsin had, up until recently, a reputation for being a hotbed of progressive ideas, and the concept of progress is appropriate for language variation and change in the state. While the direction of language variation and change cannot be predicted or considered to constitute progress per se, the field of linguistics generally and language variation and change specifically have made strides forward. Borrowing the idea from Robert La Follette, the theme of “Progress” was selected for 2017 because it can be both a call for progress, both in terms of how far we’ve come looking behind us and of the future directions in which we want to see the field move forward.

The plenary speakers feature researchers who seek to further our understanding of the connection between past and future changes in language.

  • Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh, Lecturer in Sociolinguistics
  • Monica Macaulay, UW-Madison, Professor, Linguisitics
  • Almeida Jacqueline Toribio, University of Texas at Austin, Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Julie Washington, Georgia State University, Professor, Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders; Program Director, Communication Sciences and Disorders

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have.

NWAV46 ● PROGRESS ● November 2-5 ● Madison, Wisconsin