Call for Papers: Deadline 15 September 2019
Our conference invites contributions that, among others, address the following questions:
- Which factors influence stylistic variation in historical writing – intended addressees, social situations, communicative purposes and/or self-identity management?
- Can the concepts of intra-speaker or stylistic variation in modern sociolinguistics be applied to historical data?
- In which kind of historical data can we find intra-speaker variation?
- Can effective style-shifting and the scope of a stylistic repertoire be correlated with communicative competence and education?
- How can we separate stylistic from social variation in historical data?
- Is it possible to aggregate local findings of stylistic variation and combine qualitative with quantitative approaches?
- Does the analysis of stylistic variation in writing allow us to observe language change in progress? Can the language history ‘from below’ approach benefit from stylistic variation?
- How does intra-speaker variation evolve over the lifespan of historical writers?
- What roles do style-shifting and individual language use play within historical social networks and communities of practice?
- Do we have access to metalinguistic discourses on and ideologies of historical styles and register awareness?
- How can electronic corpora and digital methods be used to assess individual variation?
Presentations will be 20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion. Please send your abstracts of up to 300 words (excluding references) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15.09.2019.
You will be notified in October of your paper's acceptance.