First AMC Symposium (2016)


The first AMC Symposium took place on 9-10 June, 2016 and will centre on historical dialectology


This is the archive site for the June 2016 conference

It is with great pleasure that we announce the first AMC Symposium, to be hosted by the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh on 9-10 June 2016. We expect this to be the first of a biennial series, attracting around 70-80 international delegates. The 2016 event will focus broadly on the theme of Historical Dialectology, with no restrictions to particular languages or historical periods.

Plenary sessions

“The Middle English surveys: A retrospect and some prospects”

Professor Michael Benskin (University of Oslo)

“Middle English spellings for Old English hw-, with special reference to the ‘qu-’ type:
in celebration of LAEME, (e)LALME, LAOS and CoNE”

Dr Margaret Laing (Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh) and
Professor Roger Lass (Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Edinburgh)

Prelude talk

“Angus McIntosh Remembered”

Dr Margaret A. Mackay (Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh)


This year’s Symposium invited submissions on the following topics in historical dialectology.

  • Theory and methods
  • Descriptive studies
  • Comparative studies
  • Language contact
  • Sociolinguistic factors
  • Building corpora and resources
  • Visualising and exploring data
  • Historical dialectology in the classroom

We particularly encouraged submissions which showcase the corpora and atlases developed at the University of Edinburgh and hosted by the AMC, i.e. eLALME, LAEME, CoNE, LAOS.


On 11 June the AMC will host an introductory workshop for those interested in exploring the content and potential of the AMC’s corpora and linguistic atlases. There is no fee for this hands-on event, but registration by 30 April 2016 is essential to secure a place. You can find descriptions of the AMC’s corpora and atlases via the AMC Projects Hub.

Registration and fees

Conference registration is now open and will remain so until 31 May.

Registration costs are as follows:

  • £50 for regular participants (includes lunch on both days and conference dinner).
  • £25 for student participants (includes lunch on both days and conference dinner)
  • £25 for regular participants (no dinner)
  • £10 for student participants (no dinner)

Important dates:

Deadline for abstracts: 31 October 2015
Notification of acceptance: by 31 January 2016
Registration: starts 1 February 2016
Programme publication: 15 March 2016
Workshop registration deadline: 30 April 2016
Conference registration deadline: 31 May 2016
Conference dates: 9-10 June 2016
Workshop date: 11 June 2016


Please direct any further enquiries to:

Organising Committee

Rhona Alcorn
Joanna Kopaczyk
Bettelou Los
Benjamin Molineaux
Daisy Smith

Advisory Board

Joan Beal (Sheffield)
Linda van Bergen (Edinburgh)
Javier Calle Martín (Málaga)
Maria Jose Carrillo Linares (Huelva)
Juan Camilo Conde Silvestre (Murcia)
Claire Cowie (Edinburgh)
Marina Dossena (Bergamo)
Julia Fernández Cuesta (Seville)
Joseph Fruehwald (Edinburgh)
Heinz Giegerich (Edinburgh)
Nikolas Gisborne (Edinburgh)
Nynke de Haas (Utrecht)
Caroline Heycock (Edinburgh)
Patrick Honeybone (Edinburgh)
Pavel Iosad (Edinburgh)
Marcin Krygier (Poznań)
Bettelou Los (Edinburgh)
Caroline Macafee (Aberdeen)
Derrick McClure (Aberdeen)
Robert McColl Millar (Aberdeen)
Bert Remijsen (Edinburgh)
Nikolaus Ritt (Vienna)
Merja Stenroos (Stavanger)
Olga Timofeeva (Zurich)
Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh)
Rob Truswell (Edinburgh)
Clive Upton (Leeds)
Joel Wallenberg (Newcastle)
Laura Wright (Cambridge)

Graduate-Student Assistance

Vania Ledesma
Jade Sandstedt
Alicia Zhou