Plenary Speakers:

Guy Bailey (University of Texas, San Antonio): "Demography and the Study of Southern American English"

John Lipski (Pennsylvania State University): "Is 'Spanglish' the Third Language of the South?: Truth and Fantasy about U. S. Spanish"

Michael Montgomery (University of South Carolina): " The Crucial Century for English in the American South"

Salikoko Mufwene (University of Chicago) "Race, Racialism, and the Study of Language Evolution in America"

Pamela Munro (UCLA): "American Indian Languages of the Southeast: an Introduction"

Walt Wolfram (North Carolina State University):"Perspectives on LAVIS III"

TOPICS (listed alphabetically):

African American English Issues

African Diaspora Comparisons

Black and White Speech: The Complexities of Relationship

Community Partnership

Discourse and Southern American English

Earlier Englishes of the South

English in the Contemporary South

Indigenous Languages

Inside/Outside Perceptions of Southern Dialects

Language and Arts in the South


Language and Dialect in Louisiana

Language in the Schools (K-12)

Latino Language Issues

Links to the Caribbean

Mining the Archives

New Approaches

Quantitative Methodologies

Southern Dialects in Rural and Urban Settings

Southern English and the Public Interest

Southern Vowels




African American English Issues

1. Sonja L. Lanehart (University of Georgia): "Why We'll Never Get the Black Grammy Awards"

2. Janis Nuckolls (University of Alabama) and Linda Beito (Stillman College): "The Sound Symbolism of Self in Innovative Naming Practices in an African American Community"

3. Christine Mallinson (North Carolina State University) and Becky Childs (University of Georgia): "African American women's language in the Smoky Mountains of Appalachia"

4. Patricia Cukor-Avila (University of North Texas): "Language contact and the acquisition of AAVE: A case study of sociolectal adjustment"

African Diaspora Comparisons

1. Laura Wright (Cambridge Univ.): "Some early creole-like data from slave speakers: the island of St Helena, 1695- -1711"

2. Gerard Van Herk (University of Ottawa): "Regional variation in 19th-century African American English"

3. Robin Sabino, Mary Stephens Diamond, and Anna Oggs (Auburn University): "A Quantitative Study of Plural Marking in Three Non-Urban African American Language Varieties"

4. Yolanda Rivera Castillo (University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras): "'Kaba' in Papiamentu: Aspect in a Romance-based Creole and Parallel Structures in English-based Afro-American Varieties"

Black and White Speech: The Complexities of Relationship

1. Michael Colley (University of Georgia): "The fronting of /u/ among African-Americans: Evidence from LAMSAS data"

2. Amanda Aguilar (University of North Texas): "Present tense marking as a microcosm of Black/White speech relationships: Plural verbal –s and third singular -0 in the South"

3. Valerie Fridland (University of Nevada, Reno): "The spread of the cot/caught merger in the speech of Memphians: An ethnolinguistic marker?"

4. Erik R. Thomas and Jeffrey Reaser (North Carolina State University): "An experiment on cues used for identification of voices as African American or European"

Community Partnership

1. Walt Wolfram, Drew Grimes, and Ryan Rowe (North Carolina State University): "Sociolinguistic Involvement in Community Perspective: Obligation and Opportunity"

2. Jack B. Martin (College of William and Mary) and Margaret McKane Mauldin (Muskogee Creek, University of Oklahoma): "Recovering Alabama's Native Literature"

Discourse and Southern English

1. Catherine Evans Davies (University of Alabama): "Genre, the Individual Voice, and Alabama Storytelling"

2. David Herman (North Carolina State University): "Points, spaces, and places: Functions of gesture in North Carolina storytelling"

3. Judith M. Bean (Texas Woman's University): "'Strong language' in the discourse of two Texas women"

4. Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University): "
Imitating Southern Speech : Constraints and Consequences"

Earlier Englishes of the South

1. Edgar Schneider (Univ. of Regensburg): "Earlier Southern Englishes in Black and White: Corpus-based approaches"

2. Stuart Davis (Indiana University): "Francis Lieber's Americanisms as an Early Source on Southern Speech"

3. Shana Poplack (University of Ottawa), William Labov (University of Pennsylvania), Maciej Baranowski (University of Pennsylvania): "New Light on the Expatriate Southern COmmunity in Brazil"

4. Jan Tillery (UT San Antonio): "The Evolution of Southern American English Grammar"

English in the Contemporary South

1. William Labov (University of Pennsylvania): " The South Solidifying but Receding"

2. Sylvie Dubois (Louisiana State University) and Barbara Horvath (University of Sydney): "The Persistence of Dialect Features"

3. Joan H. Hall (Chief Editor, DARE) and Luanne von Schneidemesser (Senior Editor, DARE): "The South in DARE Revisited"

4. Thomas E. Nunnally (Auburn University): "Pastor, Pitchman, Politician: Examining variation of Southern States English features among three Georgians according to current theories of language variation"

Indigenous Languages

1. Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara): The History and Geography of the Caddo Language

2. Robert Rankin (University of Kansas ): "The Ofo Language of Louisiana: Philological Recovery of Grammar and Typology"

3. George Aaron Broadwell (State University of New York at Albany): "Some Aspects of Verbal Morphology in Timucua and the Gulf Languages"

4. Marcia Haag (University of Oklahoma): "What to leave in, what to leave out: Different concepts of 'word' in Choctaw and Cherokee"

5. Pamela Munro (UCLA): "American Indian Languages of the Southeast: an Introduction"

6. Blair A. Rudes (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): "Pre-Columbian links to the Caribbean: Evidence connecting Cusabo to Taino"

Inside/Outside Perceptions of Southern Dialects

1. Dennis R. Preston (Michigan State University): "That's What I Like about the South"

2. Valerie Fridland and Kathryn Bartlett (University of Nevada, Reno): "What we hear and what it expresses: The perception and meaning of vowel differences among dialects"

3. Lamont Antieau (University of Georgia): "Perceptions of lexical variation in Southern American English: Views from the Rocky Mountain region"

4. Susan Tamasi (University of Georgia): "A cognitive model of Southern speech"

Language and the Arts in the South

1. Rachel Shuttlesworth (The University of Alabama): "Southern American English in literature and films: Dialect distortion and some foundations of negative stereotypes"

2. Tony Bolden (The University of Alabama): "Got my mojo workin: Blues theory and practice: A critical analysis of guitarist Willie King live at Betty's Place"

3. Barry Jean Ancelet (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) on Cajun music and language revival

4. Lisa Cohen Minnick (Georgia Institute of Technology): "Performing Southernness: Dialectal representations and Southern linguistic identity"

Language and Dialect in Louisiana

1. Kevin J. Rottet (Indiana Univ.): "On the demise of the Acadian-style first person plural in Louisiana French"

2. Sylvie Dubois (Louisiana State University): "Whither Cajun French: Language persistence and dialectal upsurges"

3. Tom Klingler (Tulane University): "Beyond Cajun: Towards an Expanded View of Regional French in Louisiana"

4. Felice Coles (Univ. of Mississippi): "The Authenticity of Dialect: Real Isleños Speak Yat, Too"

Language in the Schools (K-12)

1. Kirk Hazen (West Virginia University): "Language Variation as an Applicable Resource in Today's Classrooms"

2. Patricia Causey Nichols (San José State University): "Register and Codeswitching in the South: Linguistic Notions for K-12 students"

3. WORKSHOP: Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser (North Carolina State University and Duke University): "Language Awareness in Middle School: An Experimental Program"

Latino Language Issues

1. Carlos Martin Vélez-Salas, Belinda Schouten-Treviño, Norma Cárdenas, and Robert Bayley (University of Texas at San Antonio): "Puerto Rican Spanish in South Texas: variation in subject personal pronouns"

2. Patricia M. Lestrade (Mississippi State University): "Hispanic language use, language acquisition, and social integration in NE Mississippi"

3. Kristi Hislope and Mariana Pomphile (North Georgia College & State University): "Hispanic cultural and language issues in rural Georgia schools"

4. Ellen Johnson (Berry College): "Can Southerners Learn Spanish?"

Links to the Caribbean

1. Blair A. Rudes (University of North Carolina at Charlotte): "Pre-Columbian links to the Caribbean: Evidence connecting Cusabo to Taino"

2. Albert Valdman (Indiana University): "Toward the reconstruction of Saint-Domingue Creole"

3. Michael Aceto (East Carolina University): "The triangulation of language contact in the Anglophone Atlantic region: West Africa, the West Indies, and South Carolina"

4. John Rickford (Stanford University): " Early African American English and Pidgin/Creole Englishes: Evidence from copula contraction and absence and plural marking"

Mining the Archives

1. Jeutonne P. Brewer (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, emeritus): "'That how I learnt to shove a pen': The autobiography of Charles B. H. Williams"

2. Connie C. Eble (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): "From French to English in Louisiana: the Prudhomme family's story"

3. Michael D. Picone (University of Alabama): "Using the Federal Writers' Project Materials for the Documentation of Language in Louisiana"

New Approaches

1. Natalie Schilling-Estes (Georgetown University): "Blurring ethnolinguistic boundaries: The use of 'others'' varieties in the sociolinguistic interview"

2. Cynthia Bernstein (University of Memphis): "The Representation of Jewish English in the Southern United States"

3. Anita Puckett (Virginia Tech): "Kinship talk and the construction of identity in the Upper South"

4. Robert Bayley (University of Texas, San Antonio) and Ceil Lucas (Gallaudet University): "Language variation in the South: The case of American Sign Language in Louisiana"

Quantitative Methodologies

1. William A. Kretzschmar, Jr. (University of Georgia): "Southern English by the Numbers"

2. John Nerbonne (University of Groningen): "Aggregate variation in the South in LAMSAS"

3. Robert Shackleton (US Congressional Budget Office): "Genetic and Linguistic Distances Among English and American Dialects "

4. David M. Rojas (Indiana University): "Considering the geographical delineation of Cajun English"

Southern Dialects in Rural and Urban Settings

1. Betsy Barry and Iyabo Osiapem (University of Georgia): "Language variation in the South: A study of Atlanta speech"

2. Bridget L. Anderson (University of Georgia): "A quantitative acoustic approach to /ai/ glide-weakening among Detroit African American and Appalachian White southern migrants"

3. Allison Burkette (University of Mississippi): "Constructing Identity: The Use of Southern Grammatical Features to Create Community Persona"

4. Lisa McNair (Georgia Institute of Technology): "Mill villagers and farmers: Linguistic contact in a Georgia textile mill town"

Southern English and the Public Interest

1. Ron Butters (Duke University): "Variation in Southern trade names: Regionalisms that one may can own"

2. Bethany Dumas (University of Tennessee): "Voice Identification and Authorship Attribution Issues in the American South"

3. John Baugh (Stanford University): "Linguistic profiling in regional perspective: Perceptions of dialect differences and their social consequences"

4. Boyd Davis, Dena Shenk, and Linda Moore (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and Ruth Greene (Johnson C. Smith University): "Stylization, aging, and cultural competence: or, why health care in the South needs linguistics"

Southern Vowels

1. Crawford Feagin (Arlington, Virginia): "A Hundred Years of Sound Change in Alabama"

2. Benjamin Torbert (Duke University and NC State University): "Salience measurements of Southern vowels"

3. Thomas B. Klein (Georgia Southern University): "Divergent processes in Gullah/Geechee: Evidence from sound structure"

4. Brooke Ehrhardt (University of North Texas): "Vowel merger as a snapshot of the history of Southern American English: Conditioned mergers before /r/"

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