Calls for papers – Conferences taking place in September 2017

Decolonial Turns, Postcolonial Shifts and Cultural Connections: English Academy of Southern Africa 2017 International Conference
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 6-8 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor EllekeBoehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford
  • Professor PitikaNtuli, South African poet, sculptor, public intellectual, insanusi and former University of Durban-Westville

This conference focusses on decolonial turns and postcolonial shifts in English writings, and on the ownership of English today: how the Commonwealth and other English-using polities are assimilating, adapting and re-inventing the global lingua franca to advance education and reflect the culture, individuality and rapidly changing nature of these societies. Is English proving itself a malleable and useful instrument in economic advancement and cultural development, or is it dominating countries and regions as an oppressive political or cultural behemoth, and thwarting advance? That is the question.

The English Academy of Southern Africa interests itself in all aspects of English literary and language studies, encouraging research and debate in these fields across the globe. Uniquely in the world, the multilingualism underwritten by the South African Constitution guarantees rights for all the official languages of South Africa. This challenging constitutional provision and the Academy’s commitment to an evolving and inclusive linguistic and cultural ecology, nationally, regionally and internationally, coalesce in its concern for preserving and developing linguistic and cultural ecologies. Consciously treating language, literature and culture from an ecological perspective invites the fresh and innovative perspectives which form the central focus of this conference.

Papers are welcome in all areas of English scholarship but particularly where research explores English as a force for effective change in postcolonial environments. Engagement with literacy in its broad Freirean definition is particularly welcomed. This conference examines how English literacy is being used, and could be used further, as a means of individual enlightenment and effective social amelioration and advance. Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all and can play a large role in eradicating poverty, ensuring sustainable development and disseminating democratic principles. Language education papers should reflect the conference focus on English as a transformative and dynamic force, whether within the southern African region or elsewhere in the world.

Papers dealing with topics and issues related to any of these areas in English literature, education, language and literacy are invited from colleagues throughout the world. There will be a 20 minute time slot for each paper with 10 minutes associated discussion. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. Selected papers will be offered publication in the English Academy of Southern Africa’s accredited and peer-reviewed journal, The English Academy Review.

The conference programme will be organised around themes and issue-centred concerns, and there will be a core of invited contributions on these topics. We invite papers on the following or related themes:

Sub-themes include but are not confined to the following areas:

  • The decolonial turn in English literature
  • Disrupting the English curriculum
  • Circling definitions: Commonwealth/ Postcolonial/ Transnational/ Diasporal
  • Postcolonial writings
  • Short-circuiting genre: literary experimentation
  • Linguistic ecologies
  • Cross cultural translation
  • Writings from the Commonwealth
  • Language and education
  • Language policy, theory and practice
  • Language and (social) media, television and film
  • Language, culture, gender and identity
  • Language and transformation
  • Technology and the teaching of English

Several outstanding speakers of international stature will deliver plenary addresses at the conference. The programme consists of three days of plenary presentations and a diverse range of concurrent workshops and parallel sessions for paper presentations. The academic programme will be complemented by social activities including a welcome reception, a poetry reading festival and a closing gala dinner. This conference will be one of the most significant events on the English studies calendar for 2017.

Guidelines and instructions:
An abstract not exceeding 300 words should be submitted by e-mail as an Ms Word file accompanied by the following information:

  • Title, full names and surname:
  • Institutional affiliation:
  • E-mail address:
  • Telephone:
  • Postal address and postal code:
  • Full title of the paper:

Submission of abstracts:
Final Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2017. Colleagues are encouraged to send their abstracts early as the conference can accommodate only a limited number of papers. Abstracts should be sent to the English Academy:  englishacademy@societies.wits.ac.za

All abstracts will be peer reviewed.

(posted 11 February 2017)


Forms of the Supernatural on Stage: Evolution, Mutations: Fifteenth Round Table on Tudor Theatre
Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Université François-Rabelais de Tours, France,  7-8 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2016

The subject presents an obvious specific interest in the English context, given the impact of the religious reforms (and counter-reforms) over the sixteenth century. On the one hand, the medieval biblical plays, miracles and moralities disappeared (though in chronologically and geographically uneven fashion), while, despite sporadic upsurges of a theatre of Protestant propaganda, the dramatic representation of sacred personages and explicitly religious themes became progressively more difficult, to the point of near-impossibility. On the other hand, from the development of the Elizabethan public theatre in the 1570s, playwrights found indirect and innovative means of dramatising spiritual issues and entities. With respect to dramatic works ranging from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, contributors to the Round Table will attempt to identify points of rupture and continuity in evolving dramaturgical practices, taking into account the operations of censorship, as well as questions of genre, the mentality of spectators, and staging techniques.
Proposals (200-300 words) for 30-minute papers in English should be directed to Richard Hillman (rhillman@free.fr) by 15 December 2016.

(posted 16 October 2016)


Erotema: Conference on Rhetoric and Literature
Karlstad University, Sweden, 14–16 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 13 January 2017

Could rhetoric play a more central role in literary studies than it hitherto has? Do both fields stand something to gain by a closer collaboration? Might such a combination of perspectives even be a means to open up rhetoric and literary studies alike to other disciplines, such as media studies, language studies, art history and pedagogy?

Erotema: A Conference on Rhetoric and Literature proceeds on the assumption that although questions of the above order may seem mere rhetorical questions – erotemata – to some of us, they demand genuine answers. To that end, we invite papers that address old and new ways in which the relations between rhetoric and literature may be further explored. Proposals of 300-400 words for 20-minute papers dealing with rhetoric and literature in relation to the history of literature and/or rhetoric, language studies, translation studies, historical studies, teaching, subject specific teaching methodology, media theory, genre theory, political theory, gender studies, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, or any other topic, should be sent to erotema@kau.se, by January 13, 2016.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Roy Eriksen, Xing Lu, Richard Walsh, Andrzej Warminski, and Laura Wilder.

For more information on the conference and the speakers, please visit the conference web-site: https://www5.kau.se/kufo/erotema .

Erotema is organized by KuFo, the culture studies research group at Karlstad University.

(posted 10 October 2016)


Globalisation: 2017 Convention of the Postcolonial Studies Association
School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, UK, 18-20 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 28 February 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 2017 PSA Convention will be held at the School of  Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London, from 18th to 20th September 2017. Paper and panel proposals are invited from academics, scholars and postgraduates with research interests in any area of postcolonial studies from any disciplinary, cross- or interdisciplinary perspective.

Confirmed keynote speaker: Dr. Sharae Deckard (University College Dublin)
Other keynotes to be confirmed shortly

2017 PSA Convention website

The Special Topic of the 2017 Convention is Globalisation. Proposals for panels and papers on this theme are particularly encouraged.
While the transregional history of globalisation can be traced back to antiquity, its discursive entanglement with the temporal realm of the ‘postcolonial’ has been the subject of much discussion and analysis in recent times. The 2017 convention seeks to investigate the crucial role of postcolonial studies in furthering newer understandings of economic, political and cultural globalisation in the light of the current international climate: the complex socio-political ramifications of the Brexit verdict, Trump’s electoral victory, or the European refugee crisis, which
have come to be regarded as the reactionary ‘whitelash’ against globalisation.
Harnessing the philosophical scope of the postcolonial field, our special topic aims to examine the nexus between a ‘neoliberal’ grand-narrative and ‘neocolonial racism’ as a mainstream ideological position in both the North and South. How are these ongoing developments in the global North perceived by peoples and communities in the global South? How is the North/South binary interrogated by the liminal story spaces of illegal immigrants, temporary workers, refugees and asylum seekers? How might we postulate an alternative global economy? In what ways could
informal citizenship practices collaborate with radical discourses of ecofeminism, or the transnational agency of a globalised digital resistance, to pose a concerted challenge to the reductive hierarchies of neocolonial racism? In what ways might postcolonial analyses of cultural production account for globalisation within the current economic and political conjuncture?

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20-minute individual
papers and 500 words for panels of three, along with a brief biographical note of participants (2-3 sentences max), to
psaconference@postcolonialstudiesassociation.co.uk.
he deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Tuesday, 28th February 2017.

(posted 26 Januarey 2017)


Between Texts and Theory: Transnational Conrad
University of Limoges, France, 21-22 September, 2017
Deadline for proposals: 30 April 2017

EA 1087 EHIC (Espaces Humains et Interactions Culturelles) & Société Conradienne Française, with the support of Associazione Italiana di Studi Conradiani

Joseph Conrad’s work has acquired a symbolic status in contemporary globalized culture. After 9/11, The Secret Agent “became one of the three works of literature most frequently cited in the American media”[1] and the same happened after the November 2015 attacks in Paris. His colonial fictions in particular have in the past decades become a contentious site of debate, as a great number of critics have chosen them as case studies for the application of postcolonial theory. Few other polemics in the field of English Studies have equalled the early responses to Chinua Achebe’s essay in which Conrad is called a “thoroughgoing racist” – an accusation that has changed for ever the reception and evaluation of Heart of Darkness. And yet, Conrad is also mentioned as a major source of inspiration by contemporary writers worldwide with, for instance, dozens of novels inspired by Heart of Darkness alone (not to mention the films, graphic novels, the multiple translations and re-translations, etc.). In all these cases, his works have been appropriated by people with very personal agendas that have little to do with the original texts.

As someone born in Poland, brought up as a Francophile, writing in English, it seems that “the whole of Europe contributed to the making of” Mr Conrad, giving him a transnational dimension: his works mirror this cultural and linguistic diversity and this is also why, perhaps, they have constantly been re-interpreted according to changing critical trends and ideological perspectives. In the process, however, the literary and aesthetic dimension of his novels has often been forgotten in favour of the debate of ideas. Yet Conrad was also an experimenter, playing with forms, genres, narrative modes, literary conventions.

We would like to interrogate our reading of Conrad nowadays, from a transnational perspective in order to explore how his approach to fiction makes it possible for us to question the way we read novels as aesthetic and ethical artefacts in the contemporary world.

We wish to address such issues as:

  • Conrad and ideology
  • Conrad between theory and close reading
  • Conrad as European icon
  • Conrad as English writer and transnational author
  • Conrad as a “chamber of echoes” for a diversity of cultures, languages, genres, traditions
  • Conrad’s influence on contemporary literature
  • Conrad’s relevance in the contemporary landscape
  • Multidisciplinary approaches of Conrad
  • Reading Conrad after/in spite of Achebe

All proposals should be addressed before 30 April 2017 to:

Nathalie Martinière: nathalie.martiniere@unilim.fr or nmartiniere@gmail.com

A selection of papers will be published in L’Epoque Conradienne

[1] Peter Lancelot Mallios, “Reading The Secret Agent Now: The Press, the Police, the Premonition of simulation” in Conrad in the Twenty-First Century. Contemporary Approaches and Perspectives, ed. by Carola M. Kaplan, Peter Lancelot Mallios, Andrea White, New York: Routledge, 2005, 155.

(posted 23 January 2017)


Fragmentary Writing in Contemporary British and American Fiction
Wrocław, Poland, 22-23 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 15 March 2017

Conference website: http://ensconferences.vanessaguignery.com/

University of Wrocław and École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

In 1968, Donald Barthelme had one of his narrators declare: “Fragments are the only forms I trust.” The last decades have brought a number of acclaimed novels in Britain and the US that illustrate their authors’ interest in fragmentary structures. David Mitchell constructed Cloud Atlas (2005) out of six stories with different settings, characters and generic features. David Markson produced an 800-page-long tetralogy, culminating in The Last Novel (2007), which juxtaposes several thousand succinct anecdotes and quotations with metafictional references to the elusive authorial figure. The year 2014 saw the publication of three notable fragmentary novels: Will Eaves’s The Absent Therapist – an amalgam of the voices of 150 speakers, Richard McGuire’s Here – a graphic novel created out of over 150 images (non-chronologically arranged) of the same location throughout several million years, and Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation – an account of a marriage crisis narrated with the use of several hundred loosely connected paragraphs. As the example of Cloud Atlas – alongside those of Zadie Smith’s NW, Anne Enright’s The Green Road and, most recently, Julian Barnes’s The Noise of Time – demonstrates, fragmentation is not only the domain of niche, “experimental” writing.

Although it may have arguably earlier origins, fragmentation has been a vital aspect of twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature. Several canonical novels of modernism – such as Ulysses and The Waves – could be classified as fragmentary, since they are constructed in parts that refuse to cohere, and as Gabriel Josipovici suggested, the fragmented form of modernist works may be seen as a response to the human need to escape linearity. More radical examples of fragmented novels were written in the 1960s and 70s by authors sometimes associated with postmodernism: J.G. Ballard, John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Robert Coover, B.S. Johnson and Gabriel Josipovici, among others. Despite the fact that many renowned novelists have contributed to fragmentary writing, the term itself is rarely used in Anglophone criticism. The aim of our conference is to postulate a renewed engagement with fragmentary literature. We are particularly interested in contemporary writing and invite papers that approach chosen aspects of fragmentation in British and American fiction published over the last five decades (post-1966). We wish to examine the typical ingredients of the fragmentary mode (such as enumeration, non-linearity and the unconventional layout of the page), the mechanics of organising the disparate parts, and the various rationales for writing in fragments.

Proposals may consider but are not limited to:

  • the extent to which fragmentation in contemporary literature borrows from modernist (or postmodernist) experiments and the degree to which it creates its own aesthetics,
  • the correspondence between literary fragmentation and the social, political and technological reality of the contemporary world (e.g., Twitter fiction),
  • the influence of various art forms (particularly the visual arts and cinema) on literary fragmentation (e.g., Joseph Frank’s notion of “spatial form” and Sharon Spencer’s conception of the “architectonic novel”),
  • the fragmentation of a single monolithic reassuring voice into a myriad of voices,
  • the physical fragmentation of the page,
  • card-shuffle texts,
  • forking-path narratives,
  • novels built out of potentially self-contained parts (blurring the distinction between the novel and the collection of short stories),
  • generic eclecticism and the aesthetics of mash-up,
  • collage-like works, altered fictions and other examples of appropriation.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Alison Gibbons – Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, author of Mark Z. Danielewski, Multimodality, Cognition, and Experimental Literature (2014) and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature (2014).

Dr Grzegorz Maziarczyk – Assistant Professor of English and American Literature at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, author of The Narratee in Contemporary British Fiction (2005) and The Novel as Book: Textual Materiality in Contemporary Fiction in English (2013).

Guest writer to be announced soon.

Proposals (300-400 words), together with a biographical note, should be sent to Wojciech Drąg (wojciech.drag@uwr.edu.pl) and Vanessa Guignery (vanessaguignery@wanadoo.fr) by 15 March 2017.

Conference fee: 75 euros

Scientific Committee: Prof. Vanessa Guignery, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; Dr Wojciech Drąg, University of Wrocław; Dr Marcin Tereszewski, University of Wrocław

Organising Committee: Prof. Vanessa Guignery, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon; Dr Wojciech Drąg, University of Wrocław; Ewa Błasiak, MA, University of Wrocław; Krzysztof Jański, University of Wrocław; Jakub Krogulec, MA, University of Wrocław; Angelika Szopa, MA, University of Wrocław

(posted 19 April 2016)


7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE)
University of Vigo, Spain, 28-30 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 January 2017

logo_biclce2017We invite papers on every aspect of the linguistics of contemporary English.
Conference website: http://biclce2017.webs.uvigo.es
Any enquiries about the conference should be sent to biclce2017@uvigo.es.

BACKGROUND
The attention devoted to the linguistics of the English language has resulted in a broad body of work in diverse research traditions. The aim of the BICLCE (formerly ICLCE) conference is to encourage the cross-fertilisation of ideas between different frameworks and research traditions addressing the linguistics of contemporary English. Previous conferences were held in Edinburgh (2005), Toulouse (2007), London (2009), Osnabrück (2011), Austin TX (2013) and Madison WI (2015), along the same lines. We aim for the conference in Vigo to build on the success of those events.
BICLCE2017 aims to provide a platform for work which deals with contemporary varieties of English, in terms of their phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, etc., in any way which aims to be explanatory. Traditionally in this conference, syntax (specifically constructions), sociolinguistics, processing and discourse analysis are four of the focus areas. We invite proposals on these and other areas, such as variationist work which engages with issues of linguistic structure. We do not envisage work which is purely historical, but work which brings in diachrony in order to explain the structure of Present-Day English is certainly welcome.

INVITED SPEAKERS
The following speakers have agreed to deliver plenary addresses at BICLCE2017:

  • Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela)
  • Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel)
  • Padraic Monaghan (Lancaster University)
  • Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow)
  • Anja Wanner (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
We invite abstract submissions for (a) 20-minute paper presentations, (b) thematic workshops, and (c) poster presentations. The deadline is 31 January 2017.
Abstract submissions will be handled via EasyABS at the following URL: http://goo.gl/u5uqS8
PAPERS. Abstracts for 20-minute presentations should be no longer than 350 words (excluding references). They should be submitted as a .PDF file or in MS Word document format (.doc or .docx). Please use only common phonetic fonts such as SIL. The abstract document itself should be anonymous, i.e. it must not contain the name of the author(s).
THEMATIC WORKSHOPS. Colleagues interested in organising athematic workshop are also welcome to submit a proposal. This should start with a description of the overall panel up to one page in length, followed by abstracts for all papers included. For abstracts, please use the same format as for paper submissions (see above).
POSTERS. Posters will be presented in a special session and remain on display during the conference. Please use the same format as for paper submissions (see above).

SUBMISSION. At the top of the abstract – preceding the title – please:
(1) State whether you are submitting a proposal for a 20-minute presentation, for one of the planned thematic workshops, or for a poster session.
(2) List one or several subfield(s) of contemporary English linguistics that your work pertains to. This information helps us to assign your abstract to the right reviewers. You may choose from among the following list and/or name additional subfields where appropriate: Cognitive linguistics, Computer-mediated communication, Corpus linguistics, Language acquisition, Lexicography and lexicology, Morphology and morphosyntax, Phonetics and phonology, Pragmatics, Processing, Psycholinguistics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Syntax, Typology, Varieties of English, Variationist research.
You may submit more than one abstract but we will accept a maximum of two abstracts from any one person for presentation (one joined, one single-authored), as this allows more people to take part in the conference.
All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously.
Notification of acceptance will be sent out by 15 March 2017.

FURTHER PARTICULARS
There are plans for publishing a peer-reviewed selection of papers from the conference, most likely in thematically coherent volumes which will be submitted for the consideration of international publishers.
The conference language will be English.
Time for general sessions and workshop presentations: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions/discussion

(posted 6 June 2016)


Phonology and interphonology of contemporary English: from native corpora to learner corpora. PAC 2017
Université Paris Nanterre, France, 28-30 September 2017
Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2017

Guest Speakers
Jacques Durand, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Dan Frost, Université de Grenoble
Patrick Honeybone, University of Edinburgh

All papers focusing on the main theme summarized by the title of the conference are welcome but, to contextualize this forthcoming event, participants should be aware that PAC 2017 is a logical extension of the conferences that the PAC project has organized annually since 2000, on a European level, at the universities of Toulouse II, Montpellier III and Aix-Marseille I, and reflects the developing activities of this project.
All contributions on the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English as well as on the interphonology of English are welcome.

GENERAL PAC SESSION

The general PAC session will be dedicated to the following theme: Usage-based accounts and phonological models: how to articulate phonetic-acoustic studies and phonological theory??.

In recent years, usage-based accounts, especially within the framework of Exemplar Theory (Pierrehumbert 2001, 2006), have been put forward as relevant explanations for various phenomena observed, on the basis of oral corpora, in the different varieties of oral English. By relying on frequency effects, such accounts have shed light on the emergence and evolution of New Zealand and Australian English (Trudgill 2004, Gordon et al. 2004) or on the dynamics of rhoticity and r-sandhi phenomena in contemporary non-rhotic varieties (Cox et al. 2014) for example. However, such accounts are often criticised for lacking phonological abstraction and for not being able to fully account for the phenomena in question as they do not model their underlying mechanisms at the phonological level. That is why many phonologists have rejected these accounts. However, other phonologists have shown how the results provided by phonetic-acoustic studies and usage-based accounts of corpora can lend themselves to theoretical analyses and help model the emergence and evolution of phenomena at the phonological level (see Patrick Honeybone?s work on T-to-R in Liverpool English (to appear) for an example of such an approach).

INTERPHONOLOGY SESSION

The interphonology session will be dedicated to the following theme: Variation, correctness and correction. We encourage participants to investigate the phonetic and phonological systems developed by non-native speakers/learners of English who have command of English either as a foreign language (EFL) or a second language (ESL) in various parts of the world and in different contexts of communication. Interphonology will be discussed both as a theoretical, linguistic construct and empirically by looking into aspects of the learners? new phonological system, while in the process of establishing itself or when it has already been stabilised and/or regularised. Inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation will also be central to our study of interphonology to understand, for instance, how segmental variability is integrated in the newly developed phonological system and how the phonologies of two (or more) languages at work mutually influence each other. ?Correction? can be envisaged as a didactic tool for improving students? oral performances. It can also be rejected on theoretical grounds. It can be tackled as the adaptation process, or modification process, put in place by students when trying to reach specific phonological or phonetic targets. ?Correctness? can constitute a goal as far as communication and interaction in English are concerned for learners. It can also be questioned as a pedagogical goal, for instance with the prevalence of RP as a target accent in the French academic context. The problem of conciliating variation and correction in the study / teaching of English as a foreign or second language can lend itself to relevant reflections here.

Submission of papers
Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5 cm margins, single-spaced, with a font size no smaller than 12, and with normal character spacing. All examples and references in the abstract should be included on the one single page, but it is enough, when referring to previous work, to cite “Author (Date)” in the body of the abstract – you do not need to include the full reference. Please send two copies of your abstract – one of these should be anonymous and one should include your name, affiliation and email at the top of the page, directly below the title. All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by members of the scientific committee or other experts in the field. The named file should be camera-ready, as it will be used in the abstracts booklet if the proposal is accepted.
Abstracts should be submitted in the same form, in a PDF file, by email to cecile.viollain@u-paris10.fr with copy to sylvain.navarro@univ-paris-diderot.fr and nadine.herry@univ-paris8.fr.
Time for papers: 30 minutes, plus 15 minutes for questions.

Dates and deadlines
Conference: September 28th / September 30th 2017 ?
Final deadline for submissions: March 31st 2017 ?
Results of refereeing of abstracts: Friday June 30th 2017

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The PAC project (Phonologie de l?Anglais Contemporain: usages, variétés et structure – The Phonology of Contemporary English: usage, varieties and structure) is coordinated by Anne Przewozny-Desriaux (Toulouse Jean Jaurès University), Sophie Herment (University of Aix-Marseille), Sylvain Navarro (Paris Diderot University) and Cécile Viollain (Paris Nanterre University).

The main aims of the project can be summarized as follows: to give a better picture of spoken English in its unity and diversity (geographical, social and stylistic); to test existing theoretical models in phonology, phonetics and sociolinguistics from a synchronic and diachronic point of view, making room for the systematic study of variation; to favour communication between specialists in speech and in phonological theory; to provide corpus-based data and analyses which will help improve the teaching of English as a foreign language.

To achieve these goals, the cornerstone of the PAC project is the creation of a large database on contemporary oral English, coming from a wide variety of linguistic areas in the English-speaking world (such as Great Britain: Received Pronunciation, Lancashire, York, Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, West Midlands: Birmingham, Black Country ; Republic of Ireland: Limerick, Cork ; Canada: Alberta, Ontario ; Australia: New South Wales ; New Zealand: Christchurch, Dunedin ; India: Delhi English, Mumbai ; USA: California, West Texas, Saint Louis, Boston, North Carolina). The protocol used is shared by all researchers in every survey location and was inspired by the classical methodology of William Labov.

Although significant corpora of oral English already exist, many of them have been conceived along exclusively sociolinguistic rather than explicitly phonological lines. In other cases, hardly any information is available on speakers beyond gender and regional affiliation. Furthermore, few corpora are based upon a single methodology permitting a fully comparative analysis of the data.

The approach chosen by the PAC program is modelled on the French PFC program (La Phonologie du Français Contemporain, coordinated by M.-H. Côté (Ottawa University), J. Durand (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès), B. Laks (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense) and C. Lyche (Oslo/Tromsø). This parent program has demonstrated how a corpus which was originally conceived for phonology can lend itself to many other types of linguistic exploitation: the lexicon, morpho-syntax, prosody, pragmatics, dialectology, sociolinguistics and interaction.

PAC 2017 and PAC programme available at http://www.projet-pac.net/

(posted 1 February 2017)