Universidade de Vigo


6th PRESCRIPTIVISM Conference: 'Modelling Prescriptivism: Language, Literature, and Speech Communities'

First Call for papers

We are pleased to announce that the 6th Prescriptivism Conference will be held on 24-26 September 2020 at the University of Vigo (Spain), organised by members of the LVTC (Language Variation and Textual Categorisation) research group at the University of Vigo. Five previous highly successful conferences in this series have demonstrated the value of studying prescriptivism, as scholars from a variety of language traditions and approaches have garnered valuable insights into prescriptivism and standardisation in language. Following Sheffield (2003), Ragusa (2006), Toronto (2009), Leiden (2013), and Park City, Utah (2017), the theme of the next conference in Vigo (2020) will be ‘Modelling Prescriptivism: Language, Literature, and Speech Communities’.

We thus invite papers on any aspect of prescriptivism in any of these three strands, approaching the subject from ideology and methodology, diachrony and synchrony. The conference language will be English, but we will welcome papers focused on English and New/Word Englishes, as well as other official and/or minority languages. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • prescriptivism within standardisation
  • the history of prescriptivism and standardisation
  • mechanisms of prescriptivism
  • linguistic approaches to prescriptivism
  • literary approaches to prescriptivism
  • prescriptivism in literature
  • prescriptivism and enregisterment
  • prescriptivism in new varieties of English
  • prescriptivism and World Englishes
  • prescriptivism in speech communities
  • prescriptivism and nationalism
  • language planning

 The following plenary speakers have confirmed their participation:

The event will run over three days with non-parallel sessions. Individual papers, round tables and posters will be welcome. The Call for Papers and further particulars will be sent out in early 2020.

There are plans for publishing a peer-reviewed selection of papers from the conference, most likely in thematically coherent volumes which will be submitted for the consideration of international publishers.

Any enquiries about the conference should be sent to prescriptivism2020@uvigo.es.

Dr Nuria Yáñez-Bouza
Dept of English, French and German
University of Vigo
Campus Lagoas-Marcosende
36310 Vigo, Spain

LVTC Research Group: https://lvtc.uvigo.es

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