12th Historical Sociolinguistics Network Conference 2023

31 May – 2 June 2023
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Theme: Language histories from above and from below

Keynote speakers:

  • Shana Poplack (Université d’Ottawa)
    “En route to change: The circuitous pathways of spontaneous speech”
  • Simon Pickl (Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg)
    “Standardization and linguistic ideals. Relativizing the principle of variation reduction” 
  • Jeroen Darquennes (Université de Namur)
    “Voices from oblivion. The forgotten richness of macrosociolinguistic debates on language shift and maintenance”
  • Salikoko S. Mufwene (University of Chicago)
    “The role of population structure in language change”

Call for papers — now inviting submissions!

==> Abstract submission: https://www.conftool.pro/hison2023/
       (Deadline: 20 January 2023)

The 12th international conference of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network will be held May 31st until June 2nd 2023 in Brussels (Belgium), organized by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

The conference welcomes submissions for:

  • individual presentations,
  • poster presentations, and
  • thematic panels, roundtables or workshops.

We welcome contributions on themes addressed by researchers working in historical sociolinguistics, within a broad view of the field, including (sub)disciplines and themes such as dialect contact and new dialect formation, historical dialectology and geolinguistics, historical discourse analysis, historical pragmatics, history of linguistics and the history of language teaching, intra-speaker variation, networks and communities of practice, language and gender, language attitudes and ideologies, language history ‘from below’, language maintenance, shift and revitalization, language planning and policy in the past, linguistic identities and style, methodology and corpus linguistics, multilingualism, language contact, code-switching, registers, genres and text types, representations of speech in writing, standardization, norms, purism and prescriptivism, variationist sociolinguistics, and language variation and change. Also scholars working in disciplines and theoretical frameworks other than those typically associated with sociolinguistics – such as linguistic anthropology, literary analysis, cultural studies or history – are warmly welcomed to submit proposals.

We particularly – but not exclusively – invite submissions focusing on the central theme of the 2023 conference:

“Language histories from above and from below”

For decades now, historical sociolinguists have argued that we need to supplement the traditional accounts of language histories ‘from above’, marked by the different types of biases in terms of writers and texts, with new approaches incorporating perspectives ‘from below’. Studies taking such perspectives try to widen the scope of the material used in constructing language history, by incorporating handwritten texts and less formal writings, often closer to conceptual orality (e.g. ego-documents), written by men, women and children from different social ranks and backgrounds – pushing the primary focus away from literary and highly formal writings of highly-educated elite writers as our windows into the past. Nonetheless, such perspectives from below should be seen as complementary to older and ongoing work from above, and the interaction between language histories from below and from above is still an important topic to explore, as are the links between social conceptualizations of ‘from above’ and ‘from below’, versus the more traditional Labovian interpretation of changes through the speech community above or below the level of speakers’ conscious awareness. As such, we invite contributions taking more traditional ‘from above’ perspectives, as well as contributions working with approaches or material ‘from below’, in addition to any studies focusing on the interactions between these two.

Individual papers are formal presentations on original research by one or more authors, lasting a total of 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion). The length of abstracts for individual papers is max. 500 words (including possible references).

Poster presentations can be used to share work-in-progress or upcoming research, fieldwork, the construction of new corpora, or results of empirical research containing data that are best presented in a visual format. A block of time will be designated when presenters are available to discuss their posters, to offer the opportunity for individualized informal discussions. The length of abstracts for posters is max. 500 words (including possible references).

For proposals regarding thematic panels, roundtables or workshops, we are open to any suggestions coming from the scholarly community. Ideally, such events follow the 30-minute build-up of the general conference, so that participants can switch between the general session and specific events. We strongly prefer shorter, focused events (e.g. a general introduction paper, 3-4 papers by different contributors, and a final discussion or reflection) than longer events. Panel organizers are expected to invite contributors, including potential discussant(s), in advance, and submit one full proposal which includes (1) the general aims and rationale of the event (max. 500 words), as well as (2) the names, affiliations and short abstracts (200-300 words) for each contribution (including introduction and/or discussion, although the abstract may be limited to just one or two sentences in those cases). The organizers take active responsibility for the quality of the contributions to their panel, and are expected to guide their participants through the process so that all formal requirements are duly fulfilled and the abstracts satisfy the expected international standards.

==> Abstract submissionhttps://www.conftool.pro/hison2023/ 
        (Deadline20 January 2023)

Main organizers:
Yasmin Crombez | Wim Vandenbussche  | Julie Van Ongeval | Rik Vosters 

Organizing committee:
Klaas Bentein (Universiteit Gent) | Anne Breitbarth (Universiteit Gent) | Yasmin Crombez (FWO & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Ludovic De Cuypere (Universiteit Gent & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Stefano De Pascale (KULeuven & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Chris De Wulf (Universität Zurich & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Christa Schneider (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Universität Bern) | Mark Janse (Universiteit Gent) | Philipp Krämer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Bart Lambert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Eline Lismont (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Catharina Peersman (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Peter Petré (Universiteit Antwerpen) | Jill Puttaert (Universiteit Leiden & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Magda Serwadczak (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Mieke Vandenbroucke (Universiteit Antwerpen) | Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Iris Van de Voorde (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Julie Van Ongeval (FWO & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Charlotte Verheyden (FWO & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Ulrike Vogl (Universiteit Gent) | Rik Vosters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Scientific committee:
Anne Breitbarth (Universiteit Gent) | Agnette Nesse (University of Bergen) | Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrueck) | Alexandra D’Arcy (University of Victoria) | Andreas H. Jucker (University of Zurich) | Anita Auer (University of Lausanne) | Anna Havinga (University of Bristol) | Arja Nurmi (University of Tampere) | Bart Lambert (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Bridget Drinka (The University of Texas at San Antonio) | Carolina Amador-Moreno (University of Bergen) | Chris De Wulf (Universität Zurich & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Christopher Strelluf (University of Warwick) | Daniel Schreier (University of Zurich) | David Britain (University of Bern) | Donald Tuten (Emory University) | Ernst Håkon Jahr (University of Agder) | Fernando Tejedo-Herrero (University of Wisconsin) | Giedrius Subačius (University of Illinois at Chicago) | Gijsbert Rutten (Leiden University) | Gro-Renée Rambø (University of Agder) | Hanna Rutkowska (Adam Mickiewicz University) | Horst Simon (Freie Universität Berlin) | Ingrid Tieken Boon-van Ostade (Leiden University) | Israel Sanz-Sánchez (West Chester University) | Jacob Thaisen (University of Oslo) | Jane Hodson (University of Sheffield) | Javier Calle-Martín (University of Malaga) | Jennifer Hendriks (Australian National University) | Joanna Kopaczyk (University of Glasgow) | José Del Valle (CUNY) | Joseph Salmons (University of Wisconsin) | Josh Brown (University of Western Australia) | Juan Antonio Cutillas-Espinosa (University of Murcia) | Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre (University of Murcia) | Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy (University of Murcia) | Julia Fernández-Cuesta (University of Seville) | Klaas Bentein (Universiteit Gent) | Kristine Horner (University of Sheffield) | Laura Wright (University of Cambridge) | Ludovic De Cuypere (Universiteit Gent & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Mari Jones (University of Cambridge) | Marijke van der Wal (Leiden University) | Marina Dossena (University of Bergamo) | Mark Janse (Universiteit Gent) | Mark Richard Lauersdorf (University of Kentucky) | Markus Schiegg (University Friedrich-Alexander of Erlangen-Nurnberg) | Matylda Włodarczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University) | Memet Aktürk-Drake (Uppsala University) | Merja Kytö (Uppsala University) | Merja Stenroos (University of Stavanger) | Michael Schulte (University of Agder) | Michelle Waldispühl (University of Gothenburg) | Mieke Vandenbroucke (Universiteit Antwerpen) | Minna Nevala (University of Helsinki) | Minna Palander-Collin (University of Helsinki) | Nils Langer (Europa-Universität Flensburg) | Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (University of Vigo) | Peter Petré (Universiteit Antwerpen) | Peter Trudgill (University of East Anglia / University of Fribourg) | Philipp Krämer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Randi Neteland (University of Bergen / Høgskulen på Vestlandet) | Rik Vosters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Rita Franceschini (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano) | Samantha M. Litty (Europa-Universität Flensburg) | Sandrine Tailleur (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) | Sarah Thomason (University of Michigan) | Stefano De Pascale (KULeuven & Vrije Universiteit Brussel) | Stephan Elspaß (University of Salzburg) | Susan Fitzmaurice (University of Sheffield) | Tamara García-Vidal (University of Murcia) | Tania Avilés Vergara (Universidad Católica de Temuco) | Tanja Säily (University of Helsinki) | Terttu Nevalainen (University of Helsinki) | Ulrike Vogl (Universiteit Gent) | Wendy Ayres-Bennett (University of Cambridge) | Wim Remysen (Université de Sherbrooke) | Wim Vandenbussche (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)










Main organizers:
Yasmin Crombez
Wim Vandenbussche
Julie Van Ongeval
Rik Vosters