4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4) at Edinburgh

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Date(s) - 20/04/2017 - 22/04/2017
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The 4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4) will be held from 20-22 April 2017 at the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. The theme of this workshop is “individuals, communities, and sound change”, with special attention to the role of individual differences in the initiation and propagation of change.

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Uriel Weinreich (1926-1967)

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Uriel Weinreich. Together with two young colleagues by the names of William Labov and Marvin Herzog, Weinreich contributed a paper entitled “Empirical Foundations for a Theory of Language Change” to the symposium Directions for Historical Linguistics, convened by Winfred Lehmann and Yakov Malkiel at the University of Texas-Austin in 1966.

Widely regarded as the founding paper in quantitative sociolinguistics, the insights of “WLH” continue to resonate. This Workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss, debate, and reflect on the ideas contained therein

Invited speakers

  • Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (Manchester)
  • Alex Cristia (LCSP Paris)
  • Dan Dediu (MPI Nijmegen)
  • Robin Dodsworth (NCSU)
  • Penny Eckert (Stanford)
  • Paul Foulkes (York)
  • Jonathan Harrington (IPS Munich)
  • Laurel MacKenzie (NYU)
  • Jeff Mielke (NCSU)
  • Alan Yu (Chicago)

For more information, including the call for papers visit the workshop’s website.


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