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Fourth Circular

Author(s): Prof Christian Kay

Copyright holder(s): University of Glasgow: Copyright © 2004 The University of Glasgow. All rights reserved.


ICEHL 12 Fourth Circular: 12 February 2002

Twelfth International Conference on English Historical Linguistics
University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Wednesday, August 21 – Monday, August 26, 2002.

1. ABSTRACTS. Decisions on the abstracts have been sent out by post and email over the past two weeks. If you submitted an abstract and have not yet received a decision, please contact the conference committee.

2. BOOKING FORM. A booking form is enclosed and will also be available on the conference website (although it has to be returned by snail mail). Please note the special low rate for everyone who books by 31/05/02. Maps and other information will be sent with the acknowledgement of your booking.

3. CONFERENCE VENUE. The conference will be held in the James Watt Building on the main university campus. Publishers’ displays and lunches will also be held there.


REGISTRATION will take place from 12 noon on Wednesday 21 August in the James Watt Building.

PAPERS. A programme of around 100 papers will run in three parallel sessions from 9.30 a.m. on Thursday 22 August until approximately 6 p.m. on Monday 26 August. There will be one or two plenary papers each day. Speakers come from around 25 countries. A list of titles will be posted on our website.

WORKSHOPS. There will be two pre-conference electronic workshops on Wednesday August 21. There is no extra charge for these, but you are asked to indicate on the booking form whether you wish to attend. Since these workshops are hands-on, places are limited. Accommodation will be available for the Tuesday night. They are:

5. DISPLAYS. Relevant publishers have been invited to display their wares. We have accepted some proposals for poster sessions, but have room for more, or for offers of displays of other materials.

6. ASPNS (Anglo-Saxon Plant-Names Survey). If anyone is interested in further information on this, or in discussing it during the conference, please contact us at the address below.

7. CONFERENCE FEE. The fee for the whole conference, including coffee/tea and lunches, is £140 if booked before 31st May. There is a special rate for £100 for students and unwaged people, and of £25 for companions who are not attending the conference but may wish to use conference buses or attend some of the events. All other items are costed separately.

Three types of accommodation* are offered:
(a) Cairncross House This is a standard student residence within walking distance of the conference venue. Bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. No breakfast is provided, but there is a kitchen with refrigerator, etc. and there are plenty of local cafés.
(b) Wolfson Hall. This is a more up-market student residence with individual en-suite shower/toilet facilities. It is a few miles from the main campus, but buses will be provided morning and evening and taxis are readily available. Breakfast is provided.
(c) Local hotels of various sizes and prices. Further details will be provided on our website. These all have individual facilities and provide breakfast.
* ‘twin room’ normally means that there are two beds, while ‘double room’ means having a bed for two people. However, it is as well to state your requirements clearly if booking for two.

9. SOCIAL EVENTS. The conference includes a full social programme:
(a) A reception in the magnificent marble Victorian City Chambers (= English ‘town hall’) hosted by the Lord Provost of Glasgow (=English ‘lord mayor’). This is free, but we need to know numbers.
(b) A choice of excursions on the afternoon of Friday 23rd August, to allow participants to recharge their (intellectual) batteries.
GLENGOYNE WHISKY DISTILLERY. A bus will take delegates by a scenic route to the distillery, which specialises in single malts. They will tour the distillery and find out how Scotland’s national drink is made, with samples included.
GLENGOYNE WALK. Instead of touring the distillery, delegates will have a two-hour walk along a short stretch of the West Highland Way, enjoying views of the mountains and neolithic standing stones before returning along the same riverside path. It is a pleasant and easy walk with no climbing, but strong footwear is needed since the path can be rough underfoot.
MACKINTOSH ARCHITECTURE TOUR. A separate group will tour Charles Rennie Mackintosh sites in Glasgow, including the Mackintosh House at Glasgow University, Scotland Street School, Queen’s Cross Church and the Glasgow School of Art.

The different prices for the three excursions reflects the fact that entrance charges are included in the Mackintosh and Distillery tours.

(c) The Conference Dinner will be held in the Gothic splendour of the Bute Hall on the main campus, preceded by a reception in the Hunterian Museum. A ceilidh (= English ‘party’) will follow, during which delegates will learn the delights of Scottish dancing. Dinner and drinks are included in the price and there will also be a cash bar.
Participants will have temporary membership of the College Club, which has a bar and snacks and is a pleasant place to sit and chat. Two informal suppers will be held there, on the evenings of Wednesday 21 and Friday 23. On the last night of the main conference, we will organise an expedition to one of Glasgow’s many Indian restaurants; for this we need to know numbers, but participants will pay their own bills.

(d) A guided tour of the main University campus will be offered at various times on Sunday 25th August.

(e) A coach tour has been arranged for Tuesday 27th August, setting off at 9 a.m. and returning at 17.30. Extra accommodation can be booked for the Tuesday night. Delegates will have the opportunity to enjoy typical Scottish scenery of lochs (= English ‘lake’) and bens (= English ‘mountain’, only much better). The first stop will be at the little highland town of Aberfoyle, where delegates visit the Sheep Show, a display of historic breeds, and its café and shop. We will then drive to Callander for lunch and many shops specialising in Scottish goods. The final stop will be Stirling, where delegates can explore the historic town and visit the ancient castle, one of Scotland’s finest, with its recently restored medieval banqueting hall. Delegates will pay for their own entrance fees (at special party rates) and refreshments.

(f) Sports facilities, including swimming, are available for a small charge on the main campus and near Wolfson Hall.

10. CLIMATE AND CLOTHING. This is the tail-end of summer in Scotland and climatic conditions, as always, are variable. People should bring some warm clothing and, definitely, a waterproof outer covering. However, it could also be quite warm and there is plenty of daylight.

11. The organisers would like to thank the British Academy, the Linguistics Association of Great Britain and the University of Glasgow for financial support.

ICEHL 12 Committee

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Place of birth Edinburgh
Region of birth Midlothian
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Father's place of birth Leith
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