When an author writes a literary text either wholly or partly in dialect, he or she is making a conscious choice to represent something other than the standard language. This conference invites papers that explore this process. We welcome papers from across different periods, different genres and different geographical locations, including regional, social and world dialects. Questions that might be addressed include, but are not restricted to:
what purposes does the representation of dialect have in literary texts?
which critical frameworks are appropriate for the interpretation of dialect in literary texts?
what methodologies can we borrow from linguistics in order to analyse dialect representation?
how does literary dialect differ from real dialect?
can a distinction be drawn between dialect in literature and dialect literature?
what are the ideological dimensions of the representation of literary dialect?
how has the representation of dialect varied across time, place and genre?
how can we study audience response to the literary representation of dialect?
We welcome papers that deal with dialect in languages other than English, but would ask that all papers be presented in English.
This conference is being held to mark the concluding stage of our Dialect in British Fiction 1800-1836 project, which has been funded by the AHRC. As part of the conference we will be offering access to a beta version of the database we have created.
Lisa Minnick (Western Michigan University)
Katie Wales (University of Nottingham)
Please submit abstracts of 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 4th March 2011.
Conference organisers: Jane Hodson and Julie Millward.
School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield
1 Upper Hanover Street
Phone: (+44) (0) 114 2228471
Fax: (+44) (0) 114 2228481
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