The 3rd annual conference on Studies in the History of the English Language and the 10th annual conference of the Society of Germanic Linguistics will be held jointly in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 6-8 2004.

SHEL 3 will be held May 6-7, 2004

The Studies in the History of the English Language Conference (SHEL) series has become a biennial tradition, giving the field of Historical English Linguistics both focus and recognition in North America and providing the critical opportunity for scholars in the field to gather and share their research. SHEL follows in the tradition of the biennial conferences known as ICEHL (International Conference on English Historical Linguistics), traditionally hosted at research centers throughout Europe. We see the two conference series, one in Europe and one in North America, as complementary in important ways.

Historical English Linguistics-the History of the English Language examined in light of contemporary linguistic theories and models-continues to be an exciting field, as we seek to answer fundamental questions that remain about the development of English and as new electronic resources create possibilities that were unthinkable even a few decades ago. The scholars in North America who pursue research in this area are also often involved in other fields such as general linguistics, medieval studies, dialectology, applied linguistics, and pedagogy. In this way, SHEL offers to bring a rich array of perspectives to the study and teaching of the history of English.

The meetings of SHEL-1 at UCLA in May 2000 and of SHEL-2 at the University of Washington in March 2002 proved that a weekend dedicated entirely to linguistic issues in the History of English was both an energizing and rewarding academic experience. We look forward to continuing these conversations at SHEL-3 at the University of Michigan in May 2004.

GLAC 10 will be held May 7-8, 2004

The Society for Germanic Linguistics (SGL), founded in 1968, is the largest and most active organization in North America to serve the broad community of scholars teaching and researching in Germanic Linguistics and Philology. The international membership of the SGL embraces all areas of and approaches to Germanic linguistics and philology, from formal syntax and phonology through historical linguistics and sociolinguistics to textual editing and corpus linguistics. The Society represents scholars investigating languages such as Modern German, Dutch, Yiddish, the Scandinavian languages, Afrikaans, Pennsylvania German, English before 1500, and Gothic, as well as texts and manuscripts in these languages. The Society publishes the Journal of Germanic Linguistics (JGL), which, is published by Cambridge University Press and appears quarterly.

The international Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC) is held each spring under the auspices of the Society. This year’s conference marks the 10th anniversary of GLAC, which also held its first meeting at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Recent conferences have been held at the State University of New York Buffalo; Indiana University; the University of Calgary; the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Texas-Austin. The current officers of the society are Elly van Gelderen, President, Anna Grotans, Vice-President and Robert B. Howell, Secretary/Treasurer.

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