Methods XV

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Call for papers

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We invite papers on all subjects in the field of dialectology, on any language and on any topic related to regional, social or historical variation in language. We particularly welcome paper submissions that address the main theme of the conference, The Future of Dialects. We also urge scientists working in fields outside linguistics, but who are involved with technologies or methodologies that can be applied to the investigation of linguistic variation, to submit papers for this conference.

Presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. There will also be sessions for poster presentations.

Abstracts for papers or posters should be no more than 300 words excluding bibliography and can be submitted using EasyAbs. Please submit your abstract in a .txt or .doc(x) format. We strive towards a double-blind reviewing process of the abstracts; please make the abstract as anonymous as possible. The abstract deadline is 15 January 2014. Authors will be notified of acceptance in March 2014. Each participant may have at most two contributions at the conference, one as author and one as co-author.

Young Scholar Prizes at Methods XV!

The organizing committee of Methods XV is proud to announce that prizes will be awarded to young scholars in two categories, namely best paper and best poster! (Young scholars include graduate students and scholars whose Ph.D. was awarded less than three years before Methods XV, i.e after Aug. 10, 2011; Please indicate on the abstract whether you might be eligible for such an award.)

The two best paper awards will be called "Chambers Awards" after Jack Chambers, one of the greatest scholars involved with dialectological methods in the last half century, and each will be accompanied by a check for €500. Prof. Chambers himself will be involved in the award, which is generously underwritten by Cambridge University Press.

The two best poster awards will be called "Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Awards" and are financed by the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations and are especially intended for young scholars who have applied digital analysis techniques. They are offered in memory of Prof. Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, a regular participant at Methods, and former chair of the European Association for Digital Humanities. Prof. William Kretzschmar, Jr.. University of Georgia, will chair this award committee.

Call for Workshops and Special Sessions

We welcome proposals for workshops and special sessions for Methods XV. Workshops may be concerned with particular methodological instruments, technological innovations or forms of analysis. Special sessions may have a particular focus on a language group or a specific topic in dialectology. Proposals for workshops or special sessions should include an overview of the topic and importance of the session, in no more than 500 words. In addition the proposal should contain details of the invited speakers, the text of the call for papers (if applicable), and a description of the relevance of the workshop to Methods XV. The deadline for submitting a special session proposal is also on 15 January 2013. The workshop and special session proposals will be reviewed by the local organising committee.