ISLE 2011 Conference Program

ISLE 2011 will run from 8:00 am Friday, 17th June to 12:30 pm, Tuesday, 21st June. There will be an opening reception at the University Pub on the evening of Thursday the 16th and an architectural tour of downtown Boston on the afternoon of the 21st.

You can view a pdf of the conference schedule and all conference abstracts here: ISLE abstracts

The scheduled talks for the conference are as follows:

General Categories and Subdivisions with Author and Short Title

I. Accidence and syntax.

A. Case (Chair: Bas Aarts)

1. John Payne and Eva Berlage, “The effect of semantic relations on genitive variation”

2. Christoph Wolk, Joan Bresnan, Anette Rosenbach and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Dative and genitive variability in late ModE”

3. Stefanie Wulff and Stefan Th. Gries, “A multifactorial study of genitive alternation in L2 English”

B. Grammaticalization and degrammaticalization (Chair: Peter Siemund)

1. Julie Van Bogaert, “A multivariate analysis of that/zero alternation”

2. Marion Elenbaas, “Tracing grammaticalization in English light verbs”

3. Stefanie Wulff, “Gradient grammaticalization in English complement constructions”

4. Graeme Trousdale, “Ish”

C. Modern English constructionsSet 1 (Chair: Marion Elenbaas)

1. Ilse Depraetere and Chad Langford, “On the meaning(s) of need to

2. Doris Schoenefeld, “Modern Usage and semantic change”

C. Modern English constructions – Set 2 (Chair: Marion Elenbaas)

1. Bas Aarts, Jill Bowie, and Sean Wallis, “Typical and atypical change in modal usage over time”

2. Karin Axelsson, “A new functional model for tag questions based on fiction dialogue data”

3. Linnea Micciulla, “Factors predicting the use of passive voice in newspaper headlines”

D. Early English constructions (Chair: Ilse Depraetere)

1. Ayumi Miura, “Lexical semantics in Middle English impersonal constructions”

2. Lieselotte Brems, “Fear(s) + complement clauses”

3. Izabela Czerniak, “Tracing the Scandinavian influence in early English”

E. Comparative studies of Modern British and American Constructions (Chair: Stefan Diemer)

1. Thomas Hoffmann: “The more Data, the better”

2. Gunther Kaltenböck, “Comment clauses on the move”

3. Turo Vartiainen, “Conceptual proximity and the positional variation of directional modifiers in English”

F. Contact or Comparisons of English and related Germanic languages (Chair: Gisle Andersen)

1. Anna Wärnsby, “Interpreting modal utterances in English and Swedish”

2. Eline Zenner, “The borrowability of English”

G. Psychological aspects of English syntax (Chair: Izabela Lazar)

1. Carlos Prado-Alonso, “A cognitive approach to obligatory subject-dependent XVS constructions in English”

2. Ute Römer, Matthew O’Donnell, and Nick Ellis, “Learning verb-argument constructions: New perspectives from corpus and psycholinguistic analyses”

3. Rainer Schulze, “Aspects of seriality in language”

4.  Laurel Smith Stvan, “The influence of lexical conflation on causation”

II. Sound, Meaning, and Word Formation

A. Perceptual Dialectology (Chair: Bas Aarts)

1. Chris Montgomery, “A new method for dialect recognition and rating in perceptual dialectology”

B. Variationism (Chair: Stephen Harris)

1. Don Chapman, “Why empirical studies of prescriptive rules should be variationist”

2. Kirk Hazen, “Morphological methodology for a rapidly reconfigured variable”

3. Sandra Jansen, “Variation and Change in the north-west of England”

C. Pragmatics (Chair: Markus Bieswanger)

1. Markus Bieswanger, “Variationist sociolinguistics meets variational pragmatics”

2. Christine Günther, “Pragmatic factors determining variation in the realization of head nouns”

3. Meike Pfaff, “On the pragmatics of obligative want to

4. Alexander Bergs, “On how to integrate context into grammar”

III. World Englishes

A. African and related diasporic Englishes (Chair: Gunther Kaltenböck)

1.Lars Hinrichs, “Gauging variety status in diasporic dialect mixing”

2. Magnus Huber and Sebastian Schmidt, “New ways of analysing the history of varieties of English. Early Highlife recordings from Ghana”

3. Robert Fuchs, “The progressive aspect in Nigerian English”

4. Glenda-Alicia Leung, “Approaching the Acrolect”

B. Asian and Pacific English (Chair: Edgar Schneider)

1. Tatiana Larina, Svetlana Kurtes, and Neelakshi Suryanarayan, “Madam or aunty jee: contrasting forms of address in British and Indian English(es)”

2. Manfred Sailer, “Doubling in New Englishes”

C. Canadian English (Chair: Daniel Donoghue)

1. Charles Boberg, “Ethnicity and regional variation in Canadian English”

2. Stefan Dollinger: “New Dialect Formation cum Dynamic Model: Language attitudes and the case of Vancouver

D. Irish English (Chair: Lauren Hall-Lew)

1. Julia Davydova, “Detecting historical continuity in modern Singapore English: A case study of the present perfect”

2. Marije van Hattum, “A preparation of news to come in Irish immigrant letters”

3. Stephen Lucek, “Invariant tags in Irish English”

E. Phonological Topics in American English and New Englishes (Chair: Katie Drager)

1. David Eddington, “Flaps and other variants of /t/ in American English”

2. Caroline Wiltshire, “New Englishes and the emergence of the unmarked”

3. Toshihiro Oda, “Phonetically accidental and systematic gaps”

IV. Style, Rhetoric, and Idioms

A. Academic Styles (Chair: Lynn Clark)

1. Presley Ifukor, “Towards the emergence of technolectal Nigerian English”

2. Ute Römer, “The phraseological profile model applied: New insights into academic speech and writing”

3. Peter Siemund, “Varieties of English in the classroom”

B. Letters and Literature (Chair: Karin Axelsson)

1. Dustin Grue, “Relevance theory, accountabilities, and collocations in Lord of the Flies criticisms”

2. Minna Palander-Collin, “How can we study identity construction in early English letters?”

3. Jim Walker, “The present-perfect narrative in varieties of British English and farther afield”

4. Joanna Nykiel, “Do so and verb phrase ellipsis in the Canterbury Tales”

C. Developments of Idiosyncratic Constructions (Chair: Rainer Schulze)

1. Laurel Brinton, “The extremes of insubordination: exclamatory /as if!/”

2. Beate Hampe, “A study of expressive a(n) N of a(n) N constructions in the BNC”

3. Georg Maier, “Pronoun case variation across varieties of English”

4. Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, “Tracing orthographic change in corpora: A methodological approach to the study of English compound spelling”

D. Internet idioms (Chair: Daniel Donoghue)

1. Jon Bakos, “QQ More”

2. Daphné Kerremans and Susanne Stegmayr, “Neologisms on the internet”

3. Ursula Kirsten, “Development of SMS language from 2000 to 2010”

V. Methodology in Corpus Studies

A. Corpus Studies (Chair: Magnus Huber)

1. Garrison Bickerstaff, “Flexibility and application of the bounded virtual corpus”

2. Terttu Nevalainen, “Tools for comparing corpora”

3. Matthew O’Donnell, “The adjusted frequency list”

B. Case Studies (Chairs: Magnus Huber and Heli Paulasto)

1. Lieven Vandelanotte, “Call so and so and tell him such and such: A corpus-based study of suspensive reference in contemporary English”1.

2. Gregory Garretson, “A new perspective on antonymy”

3. Stefan Diemer, “Corpus linguistics with Google?”

4. Michael Erlewine, “The Constituency of Hyperlinks in a Hypertext Corpus”

Poster Presentations (Chair: Eugene Green)

Zeltia Blanco-Suárez, “Death-related intensifiers: Grammaticalization and related phenomena in the development of the intensifier deadly”

Daniele Franceschi, “Shall we start or … commence? Stylistic aspects of near-synonymous verb use”

Mark Lindsay and Mark Aronoff,  “Natural selection in self-­organizing morphological systems”

Jakob R. E. Leimgruber and Lavanya Sankaran, “Imperfectives in Singapore English: New evidence for ethnic varieties?”

Nadja Nesselhauf, “Diachronic corpus linguistics: overcoming the limitations of automatic analysis”

Carla Suhr, “Introducing visuals to historical pragmatics: Book history and multimodality”


1. Kevin Watson,  Lynn Clark ,Warren Maguire: Mergers in English: Perspectives from phonology, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics

  • Warren Maguire, Lynn Clark, and Kevin Watson, “The meaning of ‘merger’”
  • Maciej Baranowski, “On the role of social factors in vocalic mergers”
  • Lynn Clark and Kevin Watson, “Capturing listeners’ real-time reactions to the NURSE~SQUARE merger”
  • Katie Drager and Jennifer Hay, “Mergers in production and perception”
  • Lauren Hall-Lew, “Interpreting ‘flip-flop’ patterns in vowel mergers-in-progress”
  • Jennifer Nycz, “New contrast acquisition: Methodological issues & theoretical implications”
  • Phillip Tipton, “Modelling (socio)linguistic mergers: the role of global context in the processing of social and linguistic information”

2. Marianne Hundt: English in the Indian Diaspora

  • Dagmar Deuber, Glenda Leung and Véronique Lacoste, “Indo-Trinidadian speech: features and stereotypes”
  • Marianne Hundt, “Zero articles in Indian Englishes: a comparison of primary and secondary diasporasituations”
  • Jakob R. E. Leimgruber, “Singapore’s Indian community: linguistic, social, and sociolinguistic aspects”
  • Rajend Mesthrie, “The making of a dialect dictionary 1: where does a New English dictionary stop?”
  • Claudia Rathore, “East African Indians in Leicester, UK: phonological variation across generations”
  • Farhana Alam and Jane Stuart-Smith, “Identity, ethnicity and fine phonetic detail: an acoustic phonetic analysis of syllable-initial /t/ in Glaswegian girls of Pakistani heritage”
  • Lena Zipp, “Features of IndoFijian English across registers”

3. Lars Hinrichs and Stefan Dollinger: Aspects of methodology and  pedagogy

3A. Lars Hinrichs and Stefan Dollinger: Long-term research projects on local varieties of English

  • Walt Wolfram, “The Theoretical and Methodological Challenge of Longitudinal Studies: The Case of African American English”
  • Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy and Joseph Salmons, “The Wisconsin Englishes Project and WiSCO”
  • Bill Kretzschmar, “Student Participation in the Linguistic Atlas Project”
  • Kirk Hazen, “Goals for the project and your career: Long term success”

3B. Marnie Reed: Evaluation and Instruction

  • Jarosalaw Weckwerth, “Variation in the production of the TRAP vowel in advanced Polish learners of English: Beyond averages”
  • Isabela  Lazar, “A morphosyntactic algorithm for sentence building in language acquisition”

4. Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Anna Mauranen: Global English: contact-linguistic, typological, and second-language acquisition perspectives

  • Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, & Anna Mauranen, “Global English: contact-linguistic, typological, and second-language acquisition perspectives”
  • Peter Siemund, “Varieties of English and Language Typology”
  • Niina Hynninen and Henrik Hakala, “Lexical and accent accommodation in ELF interaction”
  • Heli Paulasto, Elina Ranta, and Lea Meriläinen, “Syntactic features in Global Englishes: how ‘global’ are they?”
  • Edgar Schneider, “Tracking down American impact on Asian and Pacific Englishes in electronic corpora”
  • Hanna Parviainen, “Question formation in Indian English and in other Southeast Asian varieties”
  • Zhiming Bao, “Systemic Nature of Substratum Transfer: the case of got in Singapore English”
  • Rajend Mesthrie, “Diamonds, gender and strong verbs: a study of contact and sociolinguistic factors in the evolution of a variety of Black English in Kimberley, South Africa”

5. Hubert Cuyckens  and Martin Hilpert: How can new corpus-based techniques advance historical description and linguistic theory?

  • Hubert Cuyckens & Martin Hilpert,”Introduction: How can new corpus-based techniques advance historical description and linguistic theory?”
  • Britta Mondorf, “Leg it, floor it, snuff it: A synchronic and diachronic analysis of nonreferential it”
  • Tanja Säily, “Sociolinguistic variation in morphological productivity in the CEECE”
  • Javier Perez-Guerra, “Pairing word order with headedness in the recent history of English: a corpus-based analysis”
  • Stefan Gries & Martin Hilpert, “Modeling diachronic change in a morpho-phonemic alternation”
  • Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Culture change versus grammar change: the limits of text frequency (and what we can do about it)”
  • Maria José Lopez-Couso, “Corpus-based methodology and grammaticalization theory: Observing, describing, and analyzing grammaticalization and related processes of language change through corpus linguistics”

6. John Payne and Eva Berlage: Genitive variation in English

  • John Payne and Eva Berlage, “Genitive variation: the role of the oblique genitive”
  • Sali Tagliamonte and Bridget Jankowski, “On the genitive’s trail: data and method from a sociolinguistic perspective”
  • Cathy O’Connor, “Is animacy the most important factor in predicting the English possessive alternation?”
  • Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Grzegorz Krajewski, “Poss-s vs poss-of revisited”
  • Katharina Ehret, Christoph Wolk, and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Genitive variation in Late Modern English: focus on weight and rhythm”
  • Evelien Keizer, “Pre- and postnominal possessives in English, Dutch and German – an FDG account”

7. Neal Norrick: Methods of Analyzing Spoken English

  • Neal Norrick, “Investigating Interjections in Narrative Contexts: A Hybrid Corpus Approach”
  • Gisle Andersen, “Corpus-driven approaches to discourse markers in spoken data”
  • Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, “The participants’ perspective in interactional-linguistic work on the phonetics of talk-in-interaction”
  • Bruce Fraser, “Studying DM Sequences in Spoken English”
  • Christoph Rühlemann, “Introducing collogation analysis”
  • Klaus P. Schneider, “Just how useless are questionnaires for studying spoken language? Triangulating elicited and natural corpus data”
  • Anne Wichmann and Nicole Dehé, “Corpus data and prosodic analysis”


Bas Aarts, University of London

Gisle Andersen, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration

Karin Axelsson, University of Gothenburg

Markus Bieswanger, University of Flensburg

Laurel Brinton,  University of British Columbia

Lynn Clark, University of Lancaster

Ilse Depraetere, University of Lille

Dagmar Deuber, University of Muenster

Stefan Diemer University of Saarlandes

Daniel Donoghue, Harvard University

Katie Drager, University of Hawaii

Marion Elenbaas, University of Leiden

Bruce Fraser, Boston University

Eugene Green, Boston University

Lauren Hall-Lew, University of Edinburgh

Stephen Harris, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Martin Hilpert , University of Freiburg

Magnus Huber, University of Giessen

Gunther Kaltenback, Universitry of Vienna

Izabela Lazar, University of British Columbia

Charles Meyer, University of Massachusetts

Heli Paulasto, University of Eastern Finland

Marnie Reed, Boston University

Geoffrey Russom, Brown University

Edgar Schneider, Univeristy of Regensburg

Rainer Schulze, University of Hannover

Peter Siemund, University of Hamburg

Elizabeth Traugott, Stanford University

Anna Wärnsby, Malmö University

Kind thanks to all chairs, especially those not presenting.