March 21, 2012

NWAV40 (2011)

NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) celebrated its 40th birthday this year in its birthplace, Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  Many of us made the trek down to present and to partake of the plentiful sessions, workshops and panels. Presenting were LeAnn Brown on trans and cis speakers, LeAnn Brown and Sali Tagliamonte on the role of narratives in linguistic change, Jack Chambers on homogeneity in Canadian English, and Matt Hunt Gardner on social accounts of the Canadian Shift, as part of the New Perspectives of Vowel Shifting panel. Sali and three of her undergraduate students, Jingwei Chen, Julia Chin and Ruth Maddeaux, presented a poster on experiential learning through sociolinguistics. Along for the ride were Bridget Jankowski, Jim Smith, Derek Denis, and UofT alumni Laura Baxter, Jacqueline Peters, Maddie Shellgren and Holly Young.  Uof T alumni presenting were Alex D’Arcy and Rebecca Roeder.

As well as taking in all that linguistic content, some of us managed to see some of the Washington sights including the Smithsonian and the fatal staircase from The Exorcist
Photo by Bridget Jankowski

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