Welcome to the first virtual HiSoN conference in 2021!
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the conference “Intra-Writer Variation in Historical Sociolinguistics” on 17-19 March 2021 will be full-online. There will be a combination of live Zoom meetings and pre-recorded presentations with virtual live discussions. More information and technical details will follow.
- Send in abstracts by 31 December
- Notification of acceptance by 15 January
- Registration by 1 February
- If you choose a pre-recorded presentation instead of a live presentation: submission by 1 March
- Conference 17-19 March
Please note that if you submitted an accepted abstract for the original date of HiSon 2020 (1-3 April 2020), your abstract will retain its accepted status and there is no need to resubmit your abstract. Just let us know via email that you will attend the 2021 edition.
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 2021 conference (-> Call for Papers).
The conference is hosted at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg by the junior research group Flexible Writers in Language History and the assistant professor of English Linguistics, in collaboration with the Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN).
- Stephan Elspaß (University of Salzburg)
- Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy (University of Murcia)
- Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki)
- José del Valle (The City University of New York)