The conference “Intra-Writer Variation in Historical Sociolinguistics” will be held on 1-3 April 2020 at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and is hosted by the junior research group Flexible Writers in Language History in collaboration with the FAU Linguistic Lab and the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN).
Intra-writer or stylistic variation can be considered as one of the new waves in historical sociolinguistics – see the previous HiSoN conference in Leiden 2018. In modern sociolinguistics, intra-speaker and stylistic variation have reached “the centre of sociolinguistic theorization and method” (Bell 2014: 297) and are now “a key ingredient of variationist sociolinguistic research” (Hernández-Campoy 2016: 30). The success of the so-called third-wave studies with their focus on the construction of identities through language has brought about influential concepts such as stylization, crossing and enregisterment. Resulting from the frequent lack of available information about individual historical writers and the randomness of textual transmission, historical sociolinguistics faces increased difficulties when focusing on individual language use and stylistic repertoires. This may be the reason why intra-writer variation has as yet not received much attention. This desideratum in historical sociolinguistics will be addressed at the HiSoN 2020 conference (-> Call for Papers).
- Stephan Elspaß (University of Salzburg):
Intra-individual variation in times of standardisation
- Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki):
Register, linguistic change and the individual
- José del Valle (The City University of New York):
The idiolect as historical tool and ideological construct