ISLE 2011 Conference Schedule

Unless otherwise noted below, all events are held at Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), located at 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.


4:00-8:00       REGISTRATION (CAS 116)

8:00-10:00     RECEPTION AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY PUB (225 Bay State Road, behind CAS and in the basement of “The Castle”)

Please visit our exhibitors’ room, located in CAS 216 throughout the conference.


8:00-9:00       REGISTRATION (CAS 116)


9:15–10:15      PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)

Christian Mair, “World Non-Standard Englishes: Reflections on the Global Spread of (Some) Vernacular Varieties of English” (Chair: Charles Meyer)

10:15-10:45    COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

General Session I

Section A (CAS 203)

Internet idioms (Chair: Daniel Donoghue)
10:50-11:20    Jon Bakos, “QQ More”
11:25-11:55     Daphné Kerremans and Susanne Stegmayr, “Neologisms on the internet”
12:00-12:30    Ursula Kirsten, “Development of SMS language from 2000 to 2010″

12:30-1:55              LUNCH

Case (Chair: Bas Aarts)
2:00-2:30      John Payne and Eva Berlage, “The effect of semantic relations on genitive variation”
2:35-3:05       Christoph Wolk, Joan Bresnan, Anette Rosenbach and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Dative and genitive variability in late ModE”
3:10-3:40        Stefanie Wulff and Stefan Th. Gries, “A multifactorial study of genitive alternation in L2 English”

3:45-4:10                 COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

Perceptual Dialectology (Chair: Bas Aarts)
4:15-4:45        Chris Montgomery, “A new method for dialect recognition and rating in perceptual dialectology

Section B (CAS 237)

Comparative studies of Modern British and American Constructions (Chair: Dagmar Deuber)
10:50-11:20   Thomas Hoffmann: “The more Data, the better”
11:25-11:55    Gunther Kaltenböck, “Comment clauses on the move”
12:00-12:30   Turo Vartiainen, “Conceptual proximity and the positional variation of directional modifiers in English

12:30-1:55               LUNCH

African and related diasporic Englishes (Chair: Gunther Kaltenböck)
2:00-2:30    Lars Hinrichs, “Gauging variety status in diasporic dialect mixing”
2:30-3:05    Magnus Huber and Sebastian Schmidt, “New ways of analysing the history of varieties of English. Early Highlife recordings from Ghana”
3:10-3:40    Robert Fuchs, “The progressive aspect in Nigerian English”

3:45-4:10                 COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

4:15-4:45    Glenda-Alicia Leung, “Approaching the Acrolect”

Section C (CAS 316)

Irish English (Chair: Lauren Hall-Lew)
10:50-11:20 Julia Davydova, “Detecting historical continuity in modern Singapore English: A case study of the present perfect”
11:25-11:55  Marije van Hattum, “A preparation of news to come in Irish immigrant letters”
12:00-12:30 Stephen Lucek, “Invariant tags in Irish English”

12:30-1:55                 LUNCH

Phonological Topics in American English and New Englishes (Chair: Katie Drager)
2:00-2:30 David Eddington, “Flaps and other variants of /t/ in American English”
2:35-3:05   Caroline Wiltshire, “New Englishes and the emergence of the unmarked”
3:10-3:40   Toshihiro Oda, “Phonetically accidental and systematic gaps”

3:45-4:10                 COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

Section D (CAS 226)

Variationism (Chair: Lynn Clark)
10:50-11:20    Don Chapman, “Why empirical studies of prescriptive rules should be variationist”
11:25-11:55     Kirk Hazen, “Morphological methodology for a rapidly reconfigured variable”
12:00-12:30    Sandra Jansen, “Variation and Change in the north-west of England”

12:30-1:55              LUNCH

2:00-2:30    Presley Ifukor, “Towards the emergence of technolectal Nigerian English”

Academic Styles (Chair: Lynn Clark)
2:35-3:05 Ute Römer, “The phraseological profile model applied: New insights into academic speech and writing”
3:10-3:40    Peter Siemund, “Varieties of English in the classroom”

3:45-4:10                 COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

4:55-5:55                PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)

David Denison, Presidential Address (Chair: Elizabeth Traugott)


8:30-9:30          PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)
April Mcmahon, “Comparing [laɪk] with [lʌɪk]: Methods for Collecting and Comparing Data from Varieties of English” (Chair: Stephen Harris)

9:35-10:05         COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

General Session II

Section A (CAS 213)

Workshop: Kevin Watson,  Lynn Clark ,Warren Maguire: Mergers in English: Perspectives from phonology, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics
10:10-10:40  Warren Maguire, Lynn Clark, and Kevin Watson, “The meaning of ‘merger’”
10:45-11:15   Maciej Baranowski, “On the role of social factors in vocalic mergers”
11:20-11:50   Lynn Clark and Kevin Watson, “Capturing listeners’ real-time reactions to the NURSE~SQUARE merger”
11:55-12: 25   Katie Drager and Jennifer Hay, “Mergers in production and perception”

12:30-1:55                       LUNCH

2:00-2:30    Lauren Hall-Lew, “Interpreting ‘flip-flop’ patterns in vowel mergers-in-progress”
2:35-3:05     Jennifer Nycz, “New contrast acquisition: Methodological issues & theoretical implications”

3:05-3:35             EXHIBITORS’ COFFEE HOUR (CAS 216)

3:40-4:10     Phillip Tipton, “Modelling (socio)linguistic mergers: the role of global context in the processing of social and linguistic information”

Section B (CAS 237)

Modern English constructions (Chair: Stefan Diemer)
10:10-10:40  Bas Aarts, Jill Bowie, and Sean Wallis, “Typical and atypical change in modal usage over time”
10:45-11:15  Karin Axelsson, “A new functional model for tag questions based on fiction dialogue data”
11:20-11:50 Linnea Micciulla, “Factbors predicting the use of passive voice in newspaper headlines”

12:30-1:55                             LUNCH

Pragmatics (Chair: Markus Bieswanger)
2:00-2:30  Markus Bieswanger, “Variationist sociolinguistics meets variational pragmatics”
2:35-3:05 Christine Günther, “Pragmatic factors determining variation in the realization of head nouns”

3:05-3:35             EXHIBITORS’ COFFEE HOUR (CAS 216)

3:40-4:10 Meike Pfaff, “On the pragmatics of obligative want to
4:15-4:45 Alexander Bergs, “On how to integrate context into grammar”

Section C (CAS 316)

Workshop: John Payne and Eva Berlage: Genitive variation in English
10:10-10:40 John Payne and Eva Berlage, “Genitive variation: the role of the oblique genitive”
10:45-11;15  Sali Tagliamonte and Bridget Jankowski, “On the genitive’s trail: data and method from a sociolinguistic perspective”
11:20-11:50 Cathy O’Connor, “Is animacy the most important factor in predicting the English possessive alternation?”
11:55:12:25 Kersti Börjars, David Denison and Grzegorz Krajewski, “Poss-s vs poss-of revisited”

12:30-1:55         LUNCH

2:00-2:30 Katharina Ehret, Christoph Wolk, and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Genitive variation in Late Modern English: focus on weight and rhythm”
2:30-3:05 Evelien Keizer, “Pre- and postnominal possessives in English, Dutch and German – an FDG account ”

3:05-3:35          EXHIBITORS’ COFFEE HOUR (CAS 216)

Canadian English (Chair: Daniel Donoghue)
3:40-4:10 Charles Boberg, “Ethnicity and regional variation in Canadian English”
4:15-4:45    Stefan Dollinger: “New Dialect Formation cum Dynamic Model: Language attitudes and the case of Vancouver English

Section D (CAS 324)

Workshop: Marianne Hundt: English in the Indian Diaspora
10:10-10:40 Dagmar Deuber, Glenda Leung and Véronique Lacoste, “Indo-Trinidadian speech: features and stereotypes”
10:45-11:15  Marianne Hundt, “Zero articles in Indian Englishes: a comparison of primary and secondary diasporasituations”
11:20-11:50  Jakob R. E. Leimgruber, “Singapore’s Indian community: lidnguistic, social,and sociolinguistic aspects”
11:55-12:25   Rajend Mesthrie, “The making of a dialect dictionary 1: where does a New English dictionary stop?”

12:30-1:55          LUNCH

2:00-2:30     Claudia Rathore, “East African Indians in Leicester, UK: phonological variation across generations”
2:35-3:05      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”

3:05-3:35           EXHIBITORS’ COFFEE HOUR (CAS 216)

3:40-4:10      Lena Zipp, “Features of IndoFijian English across registers”
4:15-4:45      Capstone Session

4:55-5:55          PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)
Christopher Ricks, “The very words, and not only those” (Chair: Daniel Donoghue)


8:30-9:30          PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)
Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto: “System and society in the evolution of change: The case of Canada” (Chair: Laurel Brinton)

9:35-10:05       COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)


Section A (CAS 213)

Corpus Studies (Chair: Magnus Huber)
10:10-10:40 Garrison Bickerstaff, “Flexibility and application of the bounded virtual corpus”
10:45-11:15 Terttu Nevalainen, “Tools for comparing corpora”
11:20-11:50 Matthew O’Donnell, “The adjusted frequency list”

Case Studies (Chairs: Magnus Huber and Heli Paulasto)
11:55-12:25 Lieven Vandelanotte, “Call so and so and tell him such and such: A corpus-based study of suspensive reference in contemporary English”

12:30-1:55        LUNCH

2:00-2:30 Gregory Garretson, “A new perspective on antonymy”
2:35-3:05 Stefan Diemer, “Corpus linguistics with Google?”

3:05-3:30      COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05 Michael Erlewine, “The Constituency of Hyperlinks in a Hypertext Corpus”

Section B (CAS 237)

Workshop: Lars Hinrichs and Stefan Dollinger: Aspects of methodology and  pedagogy
A. Lars Hinrichs and Stefan Dollinger: Long-term research projects on local varieties of English
10:10-10:40 Walt Wolfram, “The Theoretical and Methodological Challenge of Longitudinal Studies: The Case of African American English”

10:45-11-15 Thomas Purnell, Eric Raimy and Joseph Salmons, “The Wisconsin Englishes Project  and WiSCO”
11:20-11:50 Bill Kretzschmar, “Student Participation in the Linguistic Atlas Project”
11:55-12:25 Kirk Hazen, “Goals for the project and your career: Long term success”

12:30-1:55 LUNCH

Workshop: B. Marnie Reed: Evaluation and Instruction
2:00-2:30 Jarosalaw Weckwerth, “Variation in the production of the TRAP vowel in advanced Polish learners of English: Beyond averages”
2:35-3:05 Isabela  Lazar, “A morphosyntactic algorithm for sentence building in language acquisition”

3:05-3:30      COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

A Case of Lexicalization: from Middle to Modern English (Chair: Anna Wärnsby)
3:35-4:05    Joanna Nykiel, “Do so and verb phrase ellipsis in the Canterbury Tales”

Section C (CAS 316)

Grammaticalization and degrammaticalization (Chair: Peter Siemund)
10:10-10:40   Julie Van Bogaert, “A multivariate analysis of that/zero alternation”
10:45-11:15  Marion Elenbaas, “Tracing grammaticalization in English light verbs”
11:20-11:50  Stefanie Wulff, “Gradient grammaticalization in English complement constructions”
11:55-12:25  Graeme Trousdale, “Ish”

12:30-1:55        LUNCH

Letters and Literature (Chair: Karin Axelsson)
2:00-2:30 Dustin Grue, “Relevance theory, accountabilities, and collocations in Lord of the Flies criticisms”
2:35-3:05    Minna Palander-Collin, “How can we study identity construction in early English letters?”

3:05-3:30      COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05    Jim Walker, “The pre sent-perfect narrative in varieties of British English and farther afield”

Section D (CAS 324)

Workshop: Neal Norrick: Methods of Analyzing Spoken English
10:10-10:40  Neal Norrick, “Investigating Interjections in Narrative Contexts: A Hybrid Corpus Approach”
10:45-11:15  Gisle Andersen, “Corpus-driven approaches to discourse markers in spoken data”
11:20-11:50   Dagmar Barth-Weingarten, “The participants’ perspective in interactional-linguistic work on the phonetics of talk-in-interaction
11:55-12:25    Bruce Fraser, “Studying DM Sequences in Spoken English”

12:30-1:55        LUNCH

2:00-2:30       Christoph Rühlemann, “Introducing collogation analysis”
2:35-3:05       Klaus P. Schneider, “Just how useless are questionnaires for studying spoken language? Triangulating elicited and natural corpus data”

3:05-3:30      COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05       Anne Wichmann and Nicole Dehé, “Corpus data and prosodic analysis”
4:10-4:40       Capstone Session

4:45-5:30      POSTER SESSION 1 (CAS 227) (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”

7:00-9:00       CONFERENCE DINNER (Faculty Dining Room, 5th floor of George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue)
Laurence Horn, Yale: “Etymythology and Taboo” (Introduction: Bruce Fraser)


8:30-9:30       PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)
Lisa Green “Multiple Grammars and Dialectal Variation: A View from the Perspective of Language Development” (Chair: Geoffrey Russom)

9:35-10:05     COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)


Section A (CAS 213)

Early English constructions (Chair: Ilse Depraetere)
10:45-11:15  Ayumi Miura, “Lexical semantics in Middle English impersonal constructions”
11:20-11:50  Lieselotte Brems, “Fear(s) + complement clauses”
11:55-12:25  Izabela Czerniak, “Tracing the Scandinavian influence in early English”

12:30-1:55                 LUNCH    

Psychological aspects of English syntax (Chair: Izabela Lazar)
2:00-2:30  Carlos Prado-Alonso, “A cognitive approach to obligatory subject-dependent XVS constructions in English”
2:35-3:05   Ute Römer, Matthew O’Donnell, and Nick Ellis, “Learning verb-argument constructions: New perspectives from corpus and psycholinguistic analyses”

3:05-3:30                   COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05  Rainer Schulze, “Aspects of seriality in language”
4:10-4:40  Laurel Smith Stvan, “The influence of lexical conflation on causation”

Section B (CAS 237)

Workshop: Hubert Cuyckens  and Martin Hilpert: How can new corpus-based techniques advance historical description and linguistic theory?
10:10-10:40  Hubert Cuyckens & Martin Hilpert,”Introduction: How can new corpus-based techniques advance historical description and linguistic theory?”
10:45-11:15  Britta Mondorf, “Leg it, floor it, snuff it: A synchronic and diachronic analysis of nonreferential it”
11:20-11:50 Tanja Säily, “Sociolinguistic variation in morphological productivity in the CEECE”
11:55-12:25 Javier Perez-Guerra, “Pairing word order with headedness in the recent history of English: a corpus-based analysis”

12:30-1:55              LUNCH

2:00-2:35 Stefan Gries & Martin Hilpert, “Modeling diachronic change in a morpho-phonemic alternation”
2:40-3:05 Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, “Culture change versus grammar change: the limits of text frequency (and what we can do about it)”

3:05-3:30             COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05 Maria José Lopez-Couso, “Corpus-based methodology and grammaticalization theory: Observing, describing, and analyzing grammaticalization and related processes of language change through corpus linguistics”
4:10-4:40 Workshop overview

Section C (CAS 316)

Workshop: Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Anna Mauranen: Global English: contact-linguistic, typological, and second-language acquisition perspective
10:10-10:40  Markku Filppula, Juhani Klemola, and Anna Mauranen: “Global English: contact-linguistic, typological, and second-language acquisition perspective”
10:45-11:15  Peter Siemund, “Varieties of English and Language Typology”
11:20-11:50  Niina Hynninen and Henrik Hakala, “Lexical and accent accommodation in ELF interaction”
11:55-12:25  Heli Paulasto, Elina Ranta, and Lea Meriläinen, “Syntactic features in Global Englishes: how ‘global’ are they?”

12:30-1:55                LUNCH

2:00-2:30   Edgar Schneider, “Tracking down American impact on Asian and Pacific Englishes in electronic corpora”
2:35-3:05   Hanna Parviainen, “Question formation in Indian English and in other Southeast Asian varieties”

3:05-3:30                COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)

3:35-4:05   Zhiming Bao, “Systemic Nature of Substratum Transfer: the case of got in Singapore English”
4:10-4:40   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”

4:45-5:30              POSTER SESSION 2 (CAS 314) (Chair: Eugene Green)
4:45-5:30   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”

5:35-6:35           PLENARY SESSION (CAS 224)

Stefan Gries, “The quantitative revolution in corpus linguistics: applications and their theoretical implications” (Chair: Martin Hilpert)

7:00-10:30        HARBOR CRUISE (Buses leave from 725 Commonwealth Avenue at 7)


8:30-9:30          BUSINESS MEETING (CAS 522)

9:35-10:05       COFFEE BREAK (CAS 2nd floor hall)


Section A (CAS 213)

Modern English Constructions (Chair: Marion Elenbaas)
10:10-10:40  Ilse Depraetere and Chad Langford, “On the meaning(s) of need to
11:20-:11:50 Doris Schoenefeld, “Modern Usage and semantic change”

Section B (CAS 237)

Asian and Pacific English (Chair: Edgar Schneider)
10:10-10:40 Tatiana Larina, Svetlana Kurtes, and Neelakshi Suryanarayan, “Madam or aunty jee: contrasting forms of address in British and Indian English(es)”
10:45-11:15  Manfred Sailer, “Doubling in New Englishes”

Orthographic Developments (Chair: Edgar Schneider)
11:25- 11:55  Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, “Tracing orthographic change in corpora: A methodological approach to the study of English compound spelling”

Section C (CAS 316)

Contact or Comparisons of English and related Germanic languages (Chair: Gisle Andersen)
10:10-10:40 Anna Wärnsby, “Interpreting modal utterances in English and Swedish”
10:45-11:15 Eline Zenner, “The borrowability of English”

Section D (CAS 324)

Developments of Idiosyncratic Constructions (Chair: Rainer Schulze)
10:10-10:40 Laurel Brinton, “The extremes of insubordination: exclamatory /as if!/”
10:45-11:15 Beate Hampe, “A study of expressive a(n) N of a(n) N constructions in the BNC”
11:20-11:50 Georg Maier, “Pronoun case variation across varieties of English”

1:30-4:00          ARCHITECTURAL TOUR: DOWNTOWN BOSTON (Bus leaves from 725 Commonwealth Avenue at 1:30)