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In April 2004 the 15th Sociolinguistics Symposium, Europe's premier international conference on language in society, will return to Newcastle (UK) after 18 years. It will be hosted by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. The organising committee includes colleagues from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria University, University of Sunderland, and University of Durham.
The Sociolinguistics Symposia were begun in the 1970s by a group of UK-based sociolinguists who saw the need for a fairly informal forum to discuss research findings and to debate theoretical and methodological issues concerning language in society. It has since grown into a large, international conference, typically attracting 400-500 participants. Prior to 2002, it took place exclusively within the UK. The first symposium in continental Europe was held in April 2002 and organised at the University of Ghent and the intention since then has been to alternate between a UK and continental European venue every 4 year cycle. In 1986, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne hosted the 6th Sociolinguistics Symposium. We are very pleased that it will return in 2004.
Conference Theme: Culture, Contact, and Change
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Local Organising Committee (* Principal Organisers):
Mr. Will Allen, University of Newcastle
We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the following former members of the Local Organising Committee:
Ms. Keiko Okumura, University of Sunderland
We are looking forward to meeting you in Newcastle upon Tyne.