[Corpora-List] COLL: PAC2012 Toulouse: Programme and registration

Anne Przewozny anne.przewozny at univ-tlse2.fr
Tue Jan 31 23:36:19 CET 2012

PAC 2012. The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and change.

The conference will take place from Wednesday, 29th February (starting in the early afternoon) to Friday, 2nd March (late afternoon).

We are pleased to inform you that you may now register and will find all necessary information concerning the conference and your stay in Toulouse on the new PAC website at


Just click on the link which is provided on our website, or go to the university's registration website at


Should you need any further information, please let us know by sending an email to anne.przewozny at univ-tlse2.fr or steven.moore at univ-tlse2.fr.

If you wish to participate, you can also contact the very friendly members of our Research Promotion Centre (CPRS cprs at univ-tlse2.fr) who are in charge of registrations and organization.

With our best wishes,

Anne Przewozny-Desriaux and Steve Moore.



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 2012 is a logical extension of the open workshops 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.

The PAC project (Phonologie de l?Anglais Contemporain: usages, variÚtÚs et structure - The Phonology of Contemporary English: usage, varieties and structure) is coordinated by Jacques Durand (University of Toulouse II) and Philip Carr (University of Montpellier III). 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 phonological and phonetic models 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 corpus of oralEnglish, 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 the same throughout 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 project is modeled on the French PFC project (La Phonologie du Franšais Contemporain, coord. M.-H. C˘tÚ (Ottawa University), J. Durand, B. Laks (Paris X) and C. Lyche (Oslo/Troms°), http://www.projet-pfc.net/). This parent project 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.

All contributions on the phonology and phonetics of contemporary English are welcome. Other things being equal, papers with a focus on variation and change within a corpus approach will be given priority. Plenary sessions will alternate with shorter oral presentations along with swift, five-minute presentations to accompany posters presented, in our two Speed Postering sessions. A PAC workshop will form part of the general programme of the conference. Papers are expected to be delivered in English.

INVITED PLENARY SPEAKERS Felicity Cox (Macquarie University, Australia) Ulrike Gut (University of Augsburg, Germany) Nicolas Ballier (University of Paris VII, France)


Maciej Baranowski, University of Manchester, England Joan C. Beal, Sheffield University Ricardo Bermudez-Otero, University of Manchester, England Phil Carr, EMMA, University of Montpellier III, France Jacques Durand, CLLE-ERSS, University of Toulouse II, France Colleen Fitzgerald, University of Texas Arlington, USA Jean-Michel Fournier, University of Tours, France Heinz Giegerich, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Michael T. Hammond, University of Arizona, USA Sophie Herment, University of Aix-Marseille I, France Daniel Hirst, University of Aix-Marseille I, France Patrick Honeybone, University of Edinburgh, Scotland Wyn Johnson, University of Essex, England Mariko Kondo, University of Waseda, Japan Christiane Migette, University of Paris XIII, France Monika Pukli, University of Strasbourg, France Gabor Turcsan, University of Aix-Marseille I, France J°rgen Staun, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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