Last weekend was full of conferences, taking GU linguists to Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Ohio, and Illinois. The department’s NWAV attendees were in touch post-conference with some impressions and photographs–stay tuned for word from those in attendance at other fall conferences, including SLRF and the Association for Business Communication Annual International Conference, among others.
NWAV was *really* diverse and invigorating, and I feel particularly proud of the strong Georgetown representation. The best thing about it, though, has to be the musical tribute to William Labov, who is retiring from teaching, but who never gets tired. –Anastasia Nylund
So my perspective is a little different, but I had an amazing time at NWAV. I don’t necessarily consider myself to be a variationist, in fact, I was singing the praises of discourse and recommending more interdisciplinary analyses, but NWAV is an excellent opportunity for all linguists. I met fellow grad students with similar interests, although our frameworks may be different and I spoke to many established researchers about how Variation and Discourse (and of course, Forensic Linguistics) can all benefit from each other. I have so many ideas for continuing my current research and will definitely be applying to NWAV44 to reconnect with all my new friends! –Grace Sullivan
Sylvia Sierra made a great social media documentation via Storify about her presentation with Dan Simonson on gender and “cool solidarity” in two common Mexican Spanish slang phrases.
It has a been a great experience to speak with people who truly understand and appreciate your research. Many people took a picture of my poster and will be in touch with me to follow up (or to download my poster from my website), so it’s a good venue to promote collaboration and sharing ideas. –Shuo Zhang
The Georgetown delegation reflected extremely well on our department: the presentations were uniformly well-done and well-received, and I couldn’t be prouder of our students! –Jen Nycz