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First Tri-ennial Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English
 “The Linguistics of English: Setting the Agenda”
8-11 October 2008
Freiburg, Germany
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                                   Englisches Seminar
                                   Universit√§t Freiburg
                                   D-79085 Freiburg
Dear ISLE participants,
our conference preparations are moving into their final stages. We are now beginning to attend to very specific details such as the number of coffee cups required for each break or the square metres taken up by the book exhibit. We are, of course, excited about what looks to become a great inaugural meeting for ISLE and are very much looking forward to welcoming you all here in Freiburg in October. In this Third Circular, we would like to update you on the latest developments and provide you with further important information.
            Also, there are some pieces of information which we need from you. So if you happen to be pressed for time at the moment, save the Circular for later reading, jump straight to Items 5 and 6 of this circular and let us know by September 20 about which of our several conference receptions you are planning to attend.



1. Programme changes
Much to her own regret and ours, one of our plenary speakers, Anna Wierzbicka, has had to withdraw. As an immediate response to this emergency, Bas Aarts has agreed to move into Anna's Thursday plenary slot. In addition, we are very happy that Marianne Hundt has accepted our invitation – extended at very short notice – to offer a plenary on Saturday morning. There have also been a few late cancellations among the section papers and workshops. Please check the conference website ( for the latest version of the programme.



2. Registration
As those of you who received e-mail messages asking for help in clarifying the source of some unattributable payments are aware, we have not been served too well by our bank in the matter of the conference account. Claudia Kohler, Christian Mair's secretary, is currently seeing to the last remaining difficulties. We would like to take the opportunity to apologise to those participants who were pestered with inquiries from their own banks or from us. In general, at this late stage in the preparations, if you are experiencing difficulties transferring the conference fee, we would advise you to pay on-site after you have arrived. In that case, payment is possible in cash only. Please address all correspondence in this matter to



3. Arrival/ finding your way to your hotel and the conference venue
Please consult pp 1-5 in the attached pdf. The main venue is "Kollegiengebäude I," with the Wednesday evening reception taking place at "Peterhof." Both are within easy walking distance of all conference hotels.



4. Your papers, posters and presentations
Given current registration numbers we expect the average section paper or workshop presentation to be attended by up to 40 people. If you are planning to distribute a hand-out, we would be grateful if you could bring along a sufficient number of copies. Also, we would strongly encourage you to send your electronic presentations to Ingrid Rosenfelder ( by October 1, so that we can install and run them in advance, to avoid technical glitches and save valuable conference time.



5. Special health, dietary and other personal needs
At this stage, we would also like you to inform us of any special needs which you may have, so that we can do our best to make your stay in Freiburg comfortable. Please send relevant e-mail messages to
If you are planning to come to the conference by car (which – given the city-centre location of the campus – we would advise against), there is the opportunity to pre-book a limited number of day passes for the university garage (€ 3,50), which allow you multiple entry. A pass valid for the duration of the conference is € 12,50. If you're interested, let know by September 20.



6. Side events
While we have a pretty good idea of how many of you will be present at the conference dinner on Friday and/ or take part in the Saturday afternoon-evening trip, we're still in the dark about levels of interest in the following events. It would therefore be very helpful if you could let us know which of the following you are planning to attend. Please send an e-mail message to isle2008@anglistik.uni-freiburg by September 20, indicating briefly which events you are planning to attend.
(a)      Tuesday, 7 October, 7 – 9 p.m., informal get-together at the "Hemingway Bar" of the Victoria Hotel, one of the conference hotels (free of charge for first round of snacks and drinks)
(b)      Wednesday, 8 October, from 7 p.m., official opening reception, in the spectacular on-campus "Peterhof-Keller," a marvellously refurbished medieval dungeon (free of charge, courtesy of Mouton de Gruyter publishers)
(c)      Thursday, 9 October, 8 p.m., "Alte Wache," Cathedral Square, wine-tasting (ca. € 30 for food and wine, payable cash on-site, limited to 50 people).
(d)      Saturday, 11 October, 4 p.m. – football match for all those who, after 4 days of heavy conferencing and socializing, are looking for a healthy alternative to the conference trip. Please let us briefly know if you (and we are addressing male and female conference participants here) are interested in this option, and bring along the minimally necessary football gear (essentially a pair of boots or trainers will do). Details of the match will be advertised at the conference.
(e)      On Sunday, 12 October, regular linguistic activities in Freiburg will resume with a workshop on "Corpora and cognitive linguistics," organised by Martin Hilpert, Junior Fellow at FRIAS, Freiburg's Institute of Advanced Studies. ISLE delegates are cordially invited to attend. See: for further details.

Finally, this is the latest word from Elizabeth Traugott, on behalf of the ISLE executive: 

Many thanks to Christian Mair and Bernd Kortmann for all the care with which they are making preparations. The life of a conference depends ultimately on the program and the participants. The number of registrants and of papers and workshops to be presented attests to the ever-increasing liveliness of English language and linguistics.
As you know, ISLE is in its formative stages. There will be a Business Meeting on Friday Oct. 10th, 16:30-18:00 (see the Agenda below). We hope that at this meeting ISLE will become a full-fledged organization. Therefore, the main item of business will be a vote on the Constitution. The second main item is the choice of venue for ISLE2 in 2011. Two proposals have been presented from the USA, BostonUniversity and University of Michigan. Links to the proposed Constitution and the proposals for ISLE2 will be available in September.
To date, individuals who have expressed interest in ISLE have been “provisional members”. All registrants at the conference will become “provisional members” by virtue of registration, and will therefore have the right to vote on the Constitution and the venue of ISLE2.
The Constitution has been prepared by the Executive Committee of ISLE, in consultation with many provisional members. A draft has been available for comment on the ISLE web-site; the input has been thoughtful and most helpful. Many thanks to those who contributed to the process.
The plan is to invite clarificational discussion of the Constitution at the Business Meeting. Given limitations of time, there will not be an opportunity to propose amendments from the floor. However, amendments will be considered if sent in writing to the Secretary of ISLE, Graeme Trousdale (, LATEST BY SUNDAY OCTOBER 5th, or IN HARD COPY at the conference in Freiburg latest by Thursday Oct 9th, 16:00.
1. Report by the Secretary
2. Vote on the Constitution
3. Report by the Conference Committee
4. Vote on the venue for 2011
5. Report by the Vice-President for Research on the 2008 Richard Hogg Prize
6. Any other business
I look forward to meeting you in Freiburg.
Elizabeth Traugott
If you have further or more specific questions concerning any of the above or ISLE 1 in general, please do not hesitate to contact either Bernd Kortmann or Christian Mair directly. The two of us and the entire local organising committee are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Freiburg in October.
Bernd Kortmann                                                         Christian Mair



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