LAVIS III Conference

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Language Variety in the South: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (LAVIS III) was held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa April 15-17, 2004.

LAVIS History

Language Variety in the South: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (LAVIS III) was the third in a series of landmark events in the field. LAVIS I , which was planned and arranged by Michael B. Montgomery and Guy Bailey and held at the University of South Carolina-Columbia in the fall of 1981, constituted an initial display of the state of research as it then existed and served as a model for further solid scholarship on language variation in the South. It resulted in a volume of 21 articles titled Language Variety in the South: Perspectives in Black and White, edited by Montgomery and Bailey and published by the University of Alabama Press. Following suit, LAVIS II, organized by Cynthia Bernstein, Thomas Nunnally and Robin Sabino, and held at Auburn University in the spring of 1993, helped to consolidate the achievements of prior research while showcasing methodological advances and signaling a forward-looking change that broadened the research agenda. This conference resulted in a second landmark publication by the University of Alabama Press. A refereed selection of 38 articles appeared in a volume titled Language Variety in the South Revisited, edited by Bernstein, Nunnally and Sabino. Approximately 11 years separated LAVIS I and LAVIS II. In the spring of 2004, after a similar interval, LAVIS III was staged at the University of Alabama, organized by Michael D. Picone and Catherine Evans Davies, with the goal of further broadening the research agenda to include, among other things, new quantitative methodologies, language and identity topics, Native American languages of the Southeast, Latino language issues, French and English in Louisiana, new work on historical benchmarks, new work on contemporary varieties of English, discourse-related topics and more. The conference resulted in a sizable third publication by The University of Alabama Press. A refereed selection of 44 articles (plus an Introduction) appeared in a volume titled New Perspectives on Language Variety in the South: Historical and Contemporary Approaches, edited by Picone and Davies. The LAVIS IV symposium takes place at North Carolina State University, April 9-12, 2015.