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PAC 2012

The Phonology of Contemporary English. Variation and change

University of Toulouse II-Le Mirail - Toulouse, France

29 Feb- 2 March 2012

NEW: See the abstract booklet and the talks and presentation files

In view of the number of abstracts received for the PAC Conference taking place next March, the conference organisers have decided to extend the length of the conference by one day (29 Feb-2 March 2012), and the deadline for receipt of abstracts will now be 1st November. Details of the conference are given below.

On 29 Feb- 2 March 2012, the CLLE-ERSS research institute (CNRS and University of Toulouse 2) will be organizing its first international conference on The Phonology of Contemporary English: Variation and Change.





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, variétés 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 Français Contemporain, coord. M.-H. Côté (Ottawa University), J. Durand, B. Laks (Paris X) and C. Lyche (Oslo/Tromsø), 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.


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
Jørgen Staun, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Abstracts should be no longer than one side of A4, with 2.5cm 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 both for talks and posters should be submitted in the same form, in a PDF file, by email to Anne Przewozny-Desriaux This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
with copy to Steven Moore This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The scientific committee will decide the final format of each accepted abstract.

Time for papers: 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions.


Conference: 29 Feb- 2 March 2012
Final deadline for submissions: 1st November 2011
Results of refereeing of abstracts: 15th December 2011

Anne Przewozny-Desriaux, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Steven Moore, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PAC 2012 organizers

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