Call for Papers: Language Variation and Change in the United States and Canada 2010

The American Dialect Society, Midwest Region, with the Midwest Modern Language Association

November 4-7, 2010
Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

We welcome papers dealing with varieties of English and other languages spoken in the United States. Presentations may be based in traditional dialectology or in other areas of language variation and change, including sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, anthropological linguistics, folk linguistics, language and gender/sexuality, language attitudes and ideologies, pragmatics and politeness, linguistics in the schools, or critical discourse analysis.

March 15, 2010 is the deadline for abstracts. See below for abstract specifications.

Send abstracts to:

Susan M. Burt
American Dialect Society, Midwest Secretary
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

Abstract specifications: Email submissions only; send abstract as an attachment in Word. Abstract should be no more than 250 words, excluding title and references. Include word count at the end of the abstract and omit any identifying information (name, affiliation, etc). Include contact information, affiliation, and abstract title in the body of your email.

Membership to ADS is recommended. Membership is $50 and includes a year’s subscription to the society’s journal, American Speech, and a copy of the Publication of the American Dialect Society (PADS, an annual hardbound supplement). Membership information is available at

Membership to MMLA is required. Membership is $35 for full and associate professors, $30 for assistant professors and schoolteachers, $20 for adjunct and part-time faculty, and $15 for students, retired, and unemployed. Information on membership is available at the MMLA website,