Academic Program

The 5th Prescriptivism Conference will be held in the meeting rooms on the third floor of the historic Park City Library at 1255 Park Ave, Park City, Utah, 84060.

Registration will be open from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 in the hallway on the third floor of the library. If you need pick up conference materials at a different time, please come by the registration table next to Room 301 in the library.

Time Wednesday, June 21
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Conference Opening
Room 301
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Session 1: Next to Godliness
Room 301
Nola Stephens, Grammar next to godliness: A linguist’s look at the intersection of prescriptivism and theology
Kate Burridge, Linguistic cleanliness is next to godliness — but not for conservative Anabaptists
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break
11:00 a.m.

– 12:30 p.m.

Session 2: Prescriptivism and Linguistics
Room 301
Anja Wanner, “Prescriptivism is not the enemy” – on incorporating prescriptivism as a topic in linguistics class
Dallin D. Oaks, Prescriptivism and pragmatic evaluation of speaker/writer competence
Marla Perkins, Pragmatic prescriptivism in language description and documentation: Considerations inspired by Hobon
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session 3: Empirical Distribution of Variants in Prescriptive Rules 1
Room 301
Viktorija Kostadinova, The value of studying prescriptivism as a factor in language variation and change
Johanna Wood, Changing pronouns and changing social values: Epicene pronoun use in the 19th-21st centuries
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Plenary
Community Room
Lieselotte Anderwald, The linguistic value of studying prescriptivism
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Session 4: Empirical Distribution of Variants in Prescriptive Rules 2
Community Room
Emily Furner, The war over the Internet: Analyzing changes in the AP style guide through the NOW corpus
Jordan Smith, said as a noun modifier in news writing
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception – Old Town Cellars
Thursday, June 22 
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Session 5: Usage Guides
Room 301
Giuliana Russo, “Against the unidiomatic”. A study of H.W. Fowler’s A Dictionary of Modern English Usage
Delaney Barney, Finding the values in English usage manuals: The distribution of types of rules in usage manuals
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Session 6: Prescriptivism and Descriptivism
Room 301
Don Chapman, What is the value of descriptivism?
Carol Percy, Samuel Richardson (bap. 1689, d. 1761) and the value of the vernacular
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Session 7: Prescriptivism and Editors
Room 301
Linda Pillière, The values of US style and usage guides and their impact on British novels
Jonathon Owen, The role of editors in codifying language
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Plenary
Community Room
Edward Finegan, TBA
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Session 8: Meta-analysis and Meta-language
Community Room
Marten van der Meulen, Changing values in 20th century prescriptivism in the Netherlands
Alyssa A. Severin, Online language disputes: What can they teach us about prescriptivists’ values?
6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Conference Dinner – Tupelo
Friday, June 23
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Session 9: Language Planning and Education
Community Room
Loreta Vaicekauskiene, Government-sponsored propaganda of prescriptivism and its effects on classroom language ideologies
Nuria Yanez-Bouza, ‘the mark of a Letters being cut off or left out’: The apostrophe, or lack thereof, in British English
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Plenary                                                                          Community Room

John E. Joseph, Is/Ought: Hume’s Guillotine, linguistics, and standards of language

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch
2:30- 3:30 p.m. Session 10: Prescriptivism and Identity
Community Room
Carmen Ebner, “Good guys” vs “bad guys”: Constructing linguistic identities on the basis of usage problems
Kate Burridge and Alyssa A. Severin, What do “little Aussie Sticklers” value most?
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Conference Discussion
Community Room
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Closing and Business Meeting
Community Room
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