This August, we will be bridging the unbridgeable at the 17th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics in Zürich, Switzerland (click image to conference website).
We will convene an informal meeting to discuss the public discourse on usage & normativism and the role of (historical) linguists in raising critical language awareness. The details of the meeting are in this invitation.
We have already been able to get two of the plenary speakers to attend: Joan Beal and Anne Curzan, both of whom have done much to bring the work of linguists to a wider public.
Please have a look at the invitation and if you’re interested in joining us, get in touch with Robin Straaijer or just show up on Tuesday 21 August during the lunchbreak! (exact location to be announced).
Great initiative, thanks, I am planning to attend. If participants are interested, a round table can also be organized at the LModE Conference in Bergamo next year: see http://www.unibg.it/struttura/struttura.asp?cerca=dllc_LModE-5