UTPA to host 2003 LASSO Meeting
Posted: 07/18/2003
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The University of Texas-Pan American is set to host the 32nd annual meeting of the Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) titled "Crossing Linguistic Borders," Oct. 17-19.

The opening session will be Friday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the UTPA Media Theatre.

Concurrent sessions by linguists from throughout the United States, Mexico, Australia, Korea and elsewhere will deliver papers on topics ranging from phonology of Spanish through colonial documents of Texas to Spanish heritage speakers engaging in the writing process. Additional papers in linguistics from other areas will also be presented.

The Friday session will feature speaker Joshua A. Fishman, professor emeritus from Yeshiva University and general editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language at 10:45 a.m.

Fishman will speak on "Distancing and Interaction: The Status Agenda in Corpus Planning." Dr. José G. Moreno de Alba, research fellow of the Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas and professor at UNAM, will speak on "El Atlas Lingüístico de México" Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10:45 a.m. in the UTPA Media Theatre.

Peter Gingiss, professor at the University of Houston, will deliver the presidential address Saturday at 6:15 p.m.

The program can be seen after Aug. 31 on PROGRAM LINK.

For those planning to attend the meeting, hotel reservations must be booked by Sept. 18 to receive the conference rate. Please note that it is very important that attendees make reservations by Sept. 18 and ask for the Linguistic Association of the Southwest Conference rate.

Call 956/383-8800 or fax the hotel directly at 956/383-1540. For more information, see the LASSO newsletter.

The Linguistic Association of the Southwest (LASSO) is a regional linguistics association in the United States whose purpose is the advancement of the scientific study of language, particularly in the geographical region covering the states of Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

While LASSO is primarily interested in languages of the southwestern states, it draws its membership from any region in the world.